Grand style 

OverTime's latest showcases keen skills

OverTime gets a "mixed by" credit on every track of his new album, and you can hear why. The Foundation sounds better than any Missoula rap project I can think of. Consistently distinct and balanced tracks make the production loud but clear. These are walkout songs in the grand style of the early 2000s, produced with modern instrumentation and a keen ear.

OverTime's rapping hearkens back to the last decade, too. He often builds lines around internal and end-stopped rhymes with a free/fast flow between, and he doubles his vocal tracks. Both techniques evoke the style of Eminem—a comparison white rappers surely hate, but which is a compliment to OverTime's craft. Showing evident care for his lyrics, he constructs the same emotive blank verse Eminem wrote in his prime. If his flow sounds a little stiff, it is only because mainstream rap has turned toward free verse in the intervening years.

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None of that matters, though, because OverTime has heart. I defy you to hear him rap about "$500 a show" and not come over to his side. This is music for the individual come-up, for after work when you're thinking about how much money you'll save by cooking at home. OverTime is making it earnestly, and he's making it well.

OverTime plays an album release show at Monk's Bar Sat., June 11, at 9 PM, along with other acts. $10/$7 advance.

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