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Median's Relief

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Median's Relief
Halftooth Records
Release Date: 09/25/2007

Representing North Carolina and the group The Justus League, which also includes underground favorites like Little Brother, Median in jumping onto the scene with his debut album, Median’s Relief. The album embodies a variety of life experiences, with Median adding a personal touch through the usages of political and philosophical inferences. Median’s delivery style, which is somewhat reminiscent of Eminem’s, reiterates North Carolina’s contribution to the music scene.

The album begins with "Love Again," a soul filled song that rationalizes relationships, which transitions smoothly into the track "Simile." "Love, hate, relations," the chorus of "Simile," takes a brighter look at relationships, moving into a philosophical look at relationships while leaving you with the warm feeling of your first crush.

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"Collage" is the first of the head bobbing tracks on the album, making for a great dance song and vibrantly changing the mood of the album. "Personified" carries on the body swaying beats, with a personal look into the life of Median. Starting out with a somewhat strange view of the joys of life through everyday tasks, the track makes you appreciate the little joys of love.

"Rize" reflects Median's life growing up being raised by women and hip-hop, with a hint of inspiration by Tommy The Clown and the movie RIZE. "Choices" takes a different viewpoint about growing up, looking at other people's lives and forcing you to contemplate your own life choices.

"Powershift," is an example of the unity that exist in hip hop, and speaks bluntly on the power shifts and corruption of politics. "How Big is Your World" adds to the realistic view of the troubles in the world, bringing life into perspective by rationalizing between personal choices and the affects of others on our own lives.

Median takes a somber look at life and love, but leaves you in a feel good mood that makes you grateful for all that you have. Combining good music, smooth flows and rationality, Median's Relief shows Median's potential, and leaves you anticipating what he will do next.

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