LAWD, are there some up-and-coming young MCs in Chicago who are killing it right now. 20 year-old Pavy is definitely one of them. His album, Middle Class Ignorance, was gifted to us on January 17, and to that point, most hip-hop fans had only heard the single, “Triumphant”, which was produced by Dutch Cannon. Cannon engineered, mixed and mastered MCI from GA, and is making a name for himself in the Chicago hip-hop community.
MCI starts with an actual song, and not intro, which always pleases me. “The Uprising” has a relatively smooth sound and immediately introduces us to Pavy’s flow: “See, Middle Class Ignorance is more than an album/It’s the message of a culture who was feeling nostalgia/Yearning for the past for consecutive hours/As it seems growing up, has never devoured”. A common theme for an increasing number of y0ung lyricists is to articulate their passion and desire to change the status quo in hip-hop, and Pavy definitely accomplishes this on “The Uprising”.
“Triumphant”, which was featured on this page earlier, is dope in terms of lyrics and production. If you’re a fan of Pavy, you don’t need me to summarize this track; you should’ve already heard it 100 times. “Mission Statement”, featuring D2G, has a completely different tone to it than “Triumphant”. This is, well, a mission statement for both rappers, indeed. D2G, who I’ve been admittedly looking out for more since Hard Bars, literally attacks the beat with his verse, sounding almost like an army general instead of rapper. However, it works, as the contrast between the two voices and their verses serve this one well.
The album takes a turn on “Hands Up”, which was produced by John F 30. This sounds a bit more like a club song, in regards to the beat, cadence of Pavy and hook. I’m not a fan of club songs, or songs that resemble them, even if not that closely. However, this doesn’t really sound that bad; just different from the first 3 songs on MCI. “Lift It Up” practically follows suit, and the styling of the song is similar to “Hands Up”, although the beat is a bit grimier. Shoutout to Pavy for “I’m moving faster than the tempo in some techno”, though. As someone who isn’t afraid to admit that he’s been moved a time or 71 by techno music, it’s always nice to hear the genre get a smidget of love on a rap track. Pavy slows it down a bit more on “Typical Gangsta Shit” and allows the guys with the huge, expensive sound systems in their cars to have a track they can play to crunch to in their residential areas. KP Beats produced this track; I’m sure the guys and gals with the 15s in their trunk will love this one.
An interlude, “Stream of Consciousness”, reintroduces listeners to Pavy’s detailed and oft-articulate flow. “So don’t judge with a diligence/Thinking ’cause it’s contrary, that must mean it’s ignorant”, Pavy spits. In my opinion, Pavy addresses the male and female bullshit artists and even goes as far to tell rappers that just because someone isn’t humping them, doesn’t mean they hate them. A lot of whiny, older rappers should listen to this one every morning before taking to the interwebs to bitch about not being billionaires yet. I’m not sure how long it took Pavy to pen this song, but I tip my toque to him for this one.
Pavy gets his Seinfeld on with “Our Pointless Rap Song”. No, the song isn’t about nothing, but more about pointless rappers. A fairly scatterbrained flow by Pavy is accompanied by the ever-entertaining Vic Spencer, who precedes his verse with “My shit pointless, but it’s on point though, ya dig”. If you’re like me and love those groovy 70s police movies/TV shows, you’ll find yourself enamored with Dutch Cannon’s prodution on this track. Pavy brings Vic Spencer back into the fray, along with The Boy Illinois, D2G and JDP on “Peer Pressure (Loud)”. Before the song actually starts, Spencer freely talks about kidnapping Pavy, who does not get it on with Mary Josephine, and forcing her on him. Once again, Cannon kills the beat, as Pavy and Co. take turns paying lyrical homage to “loudpack”.
To be honest, I wasn’t really into “Neglect” and “Confusion” (the latter’s beat did nothing for me), but the battle of good versus evil on “Left Shoulder vs Right Shoulder” reminded me of DMX’s own battles on his own “Damien” and “The Omen”. Internal struggles are a part of everyone’s lives, and Pavy proved he’s no different. “Rage” has a rock-and-roll feel, which was a delight to me. Then there’s the liberating “Free”, which once again displays Pavy’s passion for his craft, and that is followed by “Hold On”. Ashley Laschelle provides vocals on this track, and her soulful voice along with Pavy’s lyrics make this song one of my favorites on the album.
The album’s finale, “MCI Outro”, produced by Capital K, samples an oldie (I won’t tell you which one, though) and serves as a great ending to MCI. At just over two and a half minutes long, it’s an appropriate farewell from Pavy. (This track was technically not the finale, as this title goes to “Put Me In Ya Club”, featuring Cashflow Ellis. In my opinion, this should’ve been a teaser that wasn’t on the album, or at the very least, a gaudy ass video.)
It is astonishing how mature a 20 year-old can sound, especially nowadays, with all of the glitz and glamor that has consumed the youth. I’m sure as Pavy grows, his music will continue to do the same. He has a highly intelligent perspective on what’s important, and it was beyond great to hear a rapper from Chicago not litter us with tales of gangbanging, toting guns, selling drugs and having sex with random women. The features were great, the production was better, and the overall album should be a huge success, and not just in the city of Chicago.