For over twenty years, I’ve had the pleasure of calling True a brother of mine. Through ups and downs, he’s been there. That said, his music is only getting better with time in my personal, albeit biased opinion. On top of evolving, True is always consistent with his music. Be it singing about love or rapping about wrestling, his music always hits its mark. The past few weeks, fans have been graced with two True God projects: Life is a Movie and the Elite-featuring Eyes on the Ring 2.
Life is a concept album based around certain films and director motifs. From “Money Mitch” to “Nolan’s Noir,” we get lyrical minimovies on each track. One of the strengths I’ve found in True’s music is that he is a great storyteller. Put that idea together with a project centered around stories and you’ve got one hell of an album. For about an hour, listeners will get a project that’s cohesive but also one that has fourteen distinct stories.
EOTR 2 is a project that’s been about seven years in the making, first announced back in 2015 after the first EOTR album. That project, a joint effort between True and myself, was one of the first times we expanded outside the realm of just rapping our asses off over boombap-esque production. EOTR 2 marks the return to that era, with some updated wrinkles to the formula True and I concocted back in 2014.
For example, the Elite gang comes out to play more often on this one. This takes some of the wrestlerap onus off of True. He doesn’t have to do all the lyrical heavy lifting himself. Instead, Elite provides backup and different takes on the concept. On top of that, EOTR 2 lets Elite members–myself included–just have some fun rapping about wrestling and music as a whole. It was a fun project and it helps set the stage for the upcoming NXMBXRS project focused on the OG DAR collective of True, myself, Apollo and Ax.
Overall, in my (albeit biased) opinion, the two projects discussed here help cement True as one of my favorite artists. The brother never misses when it comes to this music thing. Check the projects out for yourself and remember to support dope music in all its forms.