Creed Chameleon, one of Hawaii’s more prominent MCs over the last five years, takes off his Fitted, and removes his Prototype tee to shed the outerlayers of his soul to make his presence felt with “The Vanishing Act.”
Kristopher Rojas has put in years of grind and hard work that have amounted to a project that should be acclaimed for its revealing and brutally honest subject matter.
Scene mainstays DJ Packo, Osna and Jimmy Taco each lend their creative genuine to a 20-track offering that may end up being one of the highlights of Hawaii Hip hop 2011.
Reality is responsibility in standout tracks like “In Life’s Summary and “9 to 5,” it’s obvious that Rojas is unafraid to drop bars not bombs of seriousness and heart, tinged with adversity that anyone can relate to.
Instead of choosing to boast about his accomplishments or direct hate flames at naysayers, Rojas puts his guard down and provides an inside almost diary-style look at the real. Life’s complexities can distract you from your dream if you let it and Rojas seems to admit this fact of life.
You can’t help but applaud the direction of “The Vanishing Act,” as topics like fatherhood to long lost relationships ("Sarah," "What She Brings") that seems deep plunges to darker depths in the track “Unforgiven” where pain numbing, self medication habits echo loudly over a sick Metallic sample.
“Take the Crown” featuring Mic Phenom and Tassho Pearce shines as the trio takes the music industry into their own hands.
Lyrically, rhyme structures are consistent and may be over many listeners’ heads but it’s hard to tell if he’s just that lyrically advanced or the acts are intentional to get heads to really pay attention.
Truthfully, the 20 pack of tracks is an earful, but gobbled up in segments, diehards should have no trouble digesting.
Aside from the annoying female voice that does the “Vanishing Act” drops sprinkled throughout the album, you will be glad to know that the unnecessary 808, Flip the Bird plugs are not overdone leaving more room for Creed’s dependable and honest lyrical flow.
Emcees striving to have a substantial career in the 808 could learn a thing or two about Rojas' passionate almost risky efforts. Places many people run from or fail to admit even exist Rojas, the soldier that he is, takes you there with bravery and truth.
The subject matter may be too advanced for some but the complex bars lead to clouds of clarity and dopeness more often than not. You get the sense that he’s learned about his downfalls and doubt and overcome.
For those that are sure to discredit Creed’s efforts and be glad that he vanished from the state in the first place, it might be look in the mirror time, because it’s obvious that Rojas has already done so.
Missing are happier moments or an ode to the scene that he left in the physical sense but the triumphant moments not touched upon may have been left out intentionally.
“The Vanishing Act” should be taken as a very serious project by an emcee serious about his music. He challenges listeners to not only pay attention but absorb his heavier more dynamic bars. It would have been nice if he shed light on his best accomplishments and celebrated his high moments through beat and rhyme just a little more.
Lend your ears to "The Vanishing Act" and be prepared to be left with a dose of education and insight from one of the really gifted soldiers of Hawaii.