It’s been three years since Peterborough rapper Koty Kolter went dark. He had a son, and decided it was time to clean up and quit the game—and without the game, what was there to rap about? Now, Kolter is back, but that same question still pervades his new album.
On The Lazarus Project, Kolter is forever torn between a defiant focus on the tough but honest life he’s built, and a fear he’ll fall back into the seductive, drug-filled one he left behind. “Chop Chop” is perhaps the clearest (and bangin-est) expression of the first, a driving pump-up song about putting your all into whatever you do; and the horror-influenced “Back to the Old Me” shows a dark and frightening fantasy of the second.
Other highlights include the leaning, drugged-up “Train Wreck” and the lyrically dense and confessional “From Me”. Throughout, Kolter maintains his signature endlessly smooth flow and post-WuTang cinematic beats, for a hugely listenable album.
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