OHPENMIIND PROVES He BELONGS WITH "DECADE IN THE SHADOWS"

Glendale, Arizona native Ohpenmiind is every bit of the the gritty desert influence that he grew up with but his knack for storytelling has developed alongside his confidence on the microphone, creating a dynamic and constantly evolving artist. His latest release, distributed by Clout Culture Records and recorded at Cosmic Soup Records, is titled "Decade in the Shadows". We listened to the project and decided it was worth breaking down. Let's start by saying that Ohpenmiind is living up to his namesake.


The first track "Rollero Rooftop" introduces you to Ohpenmiind in a way that old fans will be familiar with, utilizing his gruff and streamlined delivery that ebbs and flows with heavy enunciations to drive home his punchlines. "Olive Grove" feels like the standout track on the project. The bars are delivered with conviction. The lyrics feel too personal to identify with yet they speak universal truths that you cannot ignore. The beat is smooth and allows Ohpenmiind to do his best combination of lyrical proficiency and dramatic storytelling to date. The project catches a perfect balance in the middle with "Shadow Ridge". Ohpenmiind tells a story of trials and triumphs of his family struggles with a soft jazz inspired musical backdrop that enhances the appreciation and understanding that pervades the song. The next instrumental on "Ball At Bally's" uses subtle chimes to lull you in and put you at ease. This works to great effect as Corey S. uses that sense of security to demonstrate how he can easily shift from hopping onto the beat like a smooth game of jump rope to going in and out with word play like it switched to a game of double dutch, and you never saw it coming. Ohpenmiind chops up his flow more than he typically does, and it works well. The highlight of his bars have to be the hook that sticks with you, not only due to its rhythm but its deep tonality that oddly fits in a way that french fries work with ice cream, out of nowhere but you can't go without it after you try it.