Creator's Kid EP
Cymarshall Law is not out to please everybody. Hell, the one person who almost accomplished such a feat (undoubtedly the dude who first put peanut butter and jelly together) was quickly discouraged when God caught on and decided to make peanut allergies super-duper bad. He doesn’t have to though, Cymarshall has what it takes to garner himself life-long fans by the boatload. The Creators Kid EP is not about being the hardest or about being the most fashionable; it’s about being creative and with every song having a very clear message/theme Cy succeeds in doing so.
Perhaps the most distinctive thing about the young MC is his rough, harsh voice. Born in the UK, it would be easy to expect more of a “grime” style of hip-hop, but Mr. Law has been all-American since he and his folks moved over when he was nine. From “Harder Than Thou” until the very end, Creators Kid EP is jammed with boom-bap production and thematically impressive lyrics. Songs such as “Life is a Movie” demonstrate what is so great about the project, along with the promise of things that could be even better. Spitting three movie title-riddled verses cleverly and effectively, Cymarshall Law pulled no punches when it came to demonstrating he could write about damn near anything. The hooks throughout the EP do leave some room for improvement, however. Not that they’re weakly written, but they lack doubles, real vocal differences, and audio clues to establish a would-be welcomed differentiation. But there are so many topics here— from movies to magic to revisiting hip-hop’s past— that lyrically, Mr. Law never gets dull.
“Tangled Web” is the only song with other MCs and, unfortunately, suffers for it. Skit Slam (Cy’s brother) and Silent Knight spit verses that sound noticeably different from the rest of the album’s vocals quality-wise and momentarily breaks the mood. Luckily, the sobering subject matter of “Quit While You’re Ahead” helps to bring things back around, with the last line being: “Still I’m grateful / But now I’m begging you God / Send me a sign / Should I quit and get a regular job?” If there is any justice in a world where music is saturated by artists that are known more for their looks than their music, Cymarshall Law won’t have to ask that question ever again.