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A name change and a different sound? This is one rapper who has his work (and his promotion) cut out for him. But Kam Moye decided recently to drop his Supastition moniker and adopt his government name. It was part of his move to break free of the “bitter MC” confines that so many underground artists struggle with. The North Carolina native wanted to rap about topics outside his impeccable skills and the evils of the industry.

To drive that point home, he tells Splitting Image listeners on album opener “RE:Born” that “this is the most important song of [his] life.” While his self-professed prophecy is believable, it doesn’t hold steady throughout this sprawling record. At 15 tracks clocking in at 57 minutes, it shouldn’t feel as lengthy as it does. But certain cuts tend to drag, be it because of the inconsistent production, Moye’s sometimes phoned-in rapping, or both. Elsewhere, Splitting Image feels like a prototypical “underground” record based on some of its subject matter, such as on battle rap-heavy “Reality Check.”

But when Moye’s honesty prevails over his bravado, this record shines. Whether autobiographical or not, the rough-life tales of album-standout “Give Out, Give In” are moving, to say the least. And the relationship-centric tracks, particularly the aptly titled “Let’s Be Honest” and “Don’t Forget,” are just as poignant. The same goes for when Phonte, of Little Brother and the Foreign Exchange, stops by for a clever take on "what goes around, comes around" on “Karma.” Tracks like these make it that much more disappointing Moye and his production lineup fell short of making Splitting Image the album he intended.

 

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