Ian Micciulli, the mastermind of political rap, also known as the “Verbal Terrorist”, has been on the scene for a while now. He first hit my radar about a year ago when I heard one of his tracks on youtube. The quality was a bit low tech and scratchy, but the message was hard hitting, and the energy was passionate.
Fast forward a year later, and Ian, the Verbal Terrorist, has released a new mix tape. Over the last year, he has included tracks like “NWO” and my personal favorite, “Democide”, which is a topic many anti-gun people often ignore when speaking on gun-control. Here I will try to give a brief yet honest review regarding this up and coming artist.
Themes: Verbal Terrorist raps on many issues that are often ignored by the media. Monsanto, GMO foods, Elite Bankers, Globalist, Corrupt Governments, Wars, attacks on our civil liberties, Nazism, and so forth. To sum it up, he raps AGAINST the “New World Order”, (The elite who seek to control the world through corporate and government means). Verbal terrorist uses progressive lyrics that tend to build, yet he doesn’t shy away from catchy hooks and repeat verses either. The lyrics are very intelligently researched and well put together. Everything tends to flow well without sounding too cheesy or simplistic, as if a middle schooler put it together. Overall, the lyrical content and subject material is very unique and will infectiously make you bob your head, especially if you are already a fan of hip-hop or heavy metal music. (The beats tend to be very strong and powerful)
Sound: The tracks are most likely mixed in a similar manner as any other rap song. Loops, computerized beats, with a hint of live instruments here and there. However, Verbal Terrorist is a bit unique in the fact that some of his songs are very melodramatic and dark, with alot of syncopation combined with traditional rap beats that include heavy bass, however, many songs also contain raging guitars and more obscure sounds produced by software. Background voice over clips including Alex Jones are also a prominent theme. If you are not familiar with Alex Jones, he is a radio host whom has covered many controversial topics, such as the Bohemian grove and the Department of Homeland Security purchasing millions of rounds of hollow point ammunition.
Despite the praise and criticisms of Alex Jones, the man has done some good in exposing the evils in government, and I think Verbal Terrorist uses the voice over clips tastefully and introduces them at the right times during the songs. It gives it a bit of a more “haunting” feel to the song. Because these songs are self-produced, the quality isnt quite at the level that you would find in a multi-billion dollar studio, however, the sound has improved immensely since his early debut tracks and is now much easier to listen to.
Impressions: I have been following “Verbal Terrorist” for a while now, and I must say that he just keeps getting better and better. And you gotta love that name! Which is more fitting than ever as Bradley Manning and many others whom have spoken out against government have been falsely accused as a “terrorist”.
George Orwell Himself said, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth will become a revolutionary act”
Overall, I would give this mix-tape a 4 out of 5. (I dont like giving out 5 starts just for the simple fact that rarely is anything “perfect”). I highly recommend this mix-tape, especially for those who are into the subject material. Sometimes when I feel sad, lonely, or crazy for questioning government policy, suddenly, by listening to “Verbal Terrorist”, I don’t feel so alone in my beliefs. The way Verbal Terrorist raps is so honest. It’s what we all think, but so rarely does anyone say. If you are having a bad day, or you are just sick of tyranny, popping in this mix tape will certainly get you hyped up. A great album to have on hand to use during protesting or to include in any political documentary. I would like to see Verbal Terrorist explore the inclusion of stringed instruments and perhaps an attempt at softer lyrics here and there just to give some added variety, however, when speaking about the atrocities of government, being poetically angelic can be a challenge, however, his track “Riding it Down”, which includes a voiceover from one of Charlie Chaplins political speeches, had a heart felt message which included a softer tone. Very impressive track.
In conclusion, If you are sick of government tyranny and want to hear a familiar voice, or you simply just want to rock out to a strong beat and bang your head with the occasional low key rhythm track here and there , then I think this mix tape might just be up your alley. Check it out and tell me what you think on www.sovereigntactics.org.
- Sovereign Tactics (randy stroud)