Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack
Quannum Projects

Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack delivers a strong but conceptually confusing ode to an unreleased 1980s Blaxploitation movie by the same name. That’s not to say the album fails to deliver impressively thick lyrics while bringing music that’s fun and funky as hell. But, it takes several listens to wrap your head around the storyline, making Gutterfly a laborious if rewarding undertaking.

The challenge begins as MC Vursatyl, MC/producer Jumbo The Garbageman and DJ Shines take on the personas of ghetto superheroes trying to fend for themselves in crime-ridden “Razorblade City.” One of their main goals—showcased on the track “Shine Language”—is helping lift their peers up from adversity. All goes well until the tale gets blurred with facts and details from the MCs’ personal lives, at which point the album’s storyline meanders. Listeners will likely find themselves getting lost trying to figure out where it’s headed as well as where all these details fit within Gutterfly’s overall narrative structure.

Gutterfly’s condensed rhymes and sultry beats compensate for whatever confusion it causes, however, establishing it as one heck of a distinctive and mind-bending rap record. (Ira Sather-Olson)

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