The Current affairs we deal with on a day-to-day basis get plastered all over this thing we call media. The information that is conveyed is then fed to the public. Understand that current affairs not only occur at a broader spectrum but locally as well. The problems within the community you live in affect how we live our daily lives. As for Van Buren, their veracity seems to be what’s more essential to them. The idealogy of truth is very scary and notably gets censored. So I guess it may seem “Bad For Press” after all.
The 13-track project features the likes of Jiles, Lord Felix, Meech, Luke Bar$, Saint Lyor, Ricky Felix, as well as Andrew Regis. There are also appearances from New England Artists BoriRock and Lonny X. Oh let’s not forget about the engineers and producers who successfully executed this masterpiece. Credits also go to Kiron, Mike Hector, Oje, Hush Forte, Mihji Grey, Roho, Ties.Wav, and R Louie.
It’s clear with the release of this album, “Bad For Press”, VB wanted to make a statement to all of the music industry and its fellow media platforms. Money, Power, and Respect are three key components that play in publicity but when would the paragon of Art play a factor? There’s no secret Van Buren has always been underrated. It’s as if the industry is always avoiding flashing the lights on them. It seems as if this doesn’t faze the boys by any means. For them, the purpose is far brighter.
Let’s make this clear, this project was for the people and nothing more. Van Buren came to talk to the community about what they deemed important. This philosophical masterpiece will shift the way music is made today. The subtle messages within the tracks and resonance give the audience a unique experience and allow the listener to retrieve the information given through familiar diction. Their power of connecting to the people is remarkable and shouldn’t be underlooked.
The album starts with a raunchy aesthetic that then leads to each song resonating and transitioning well, giving a subliminal theme throughout the project. I enjoyed tracks like “It Is What It Is”, “Medic”, and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” because of the overall artistry within them. Yet it is my opinion.
To Van Buren, the ideas of relationships and social code are so misconstrued and lost in the current date. For them, it felt necessary to clear the air about the issues revolving around our society. Yet it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what the overall theme is. Through good reasoning, it’s safe to say that Van Buren intended to inform people the reality instead of the illusion.
Here is the link to listen to the album: https://vanburen.ffm.to/badforpress