Over the past few weeks and months, DAR Elite has buzzed more than cicadas in the DMV. The Elite team has been pretty busy with releases and shoring up releases (with a Sorest Loser finalizing a few things right along with everyone else). We got not one, but two full-length releases from the group within the last week. Those releases, J-Pegs’ Verona Heights and True’s World of True: Word of God projects, showcase the strengths of the artists while also avoiding many weaknesses that can come from multiple releases over the course of a year.
Where Pegs goes for a more is more approach (Verona has a whopping 35 songs), True opts for a more standard album length. This works on WoG because each track plays like a compact lesson on True’s history, while also paving the way for his future as an artist, father and a man. The twelve-song album features a sequel of sorts to last month’s World of True: Book 1 and also serves as a continuance of the spiritual and maturation journey he’s been on since the first Rhoda’s Son project. These types of projects are always a treat to hear from a purely artistic standpoint; this one is no different.
Inversely, the multiple tracks on Pegs’ album showcase his diversity while offering something for everyone. He has a habit of putting a lot of work into the air. Some would argue this doesn’t allow for his projects to breathe and, in some ways, they’d be right. He puts out a lot of work, but what’s amazing to me about Pegs is his dedication to the craft.
Although Pegs’ album lengths and True’s “retirements” have both become running jokes among Elite members, what can’t be denied is that both of these albums have many pluses and few minuses. If you’ve got an hour or two to spare, check them out and remember to support dope music in all its forms.