Personnel: Georgia Anne Muldrow (vocals).
Photographer: Ernie Paniccioli.
Known for both her beats and her words, Georgia Anne Muldrow is a self-proclaimed "seeker and truth-teller," which is verified by the excellent lyrics throughout this LP, but for the end user, she's a Gil Scott Heron-like combination of authoritative and alluring. In her work, hard truths and the daily grind are framed poetically because, as she explains here on "Fifth Shield," every flower is attracted to the light, "Not in theory, but for real tho." Thoughtiverse Unmarred is her 15th full-length with plenty of production albums, offworld R&B LPs, and Dudley Perkins collaborations in the back catalog, but it's also her "first rap album" as producer Chris Keys supplies the beats. Keys prefers a chilled-out West Coast style with muted trumpets and solid kickdrums, making this music an artful strain of G-Funk, and if Muldrow's raps have been cosmic streams of consciousness in the past, she's syncopated and tight over a Keys beat. Highlight "Tungsten Babalawo" "makes sense of the madness that plagues our time" by working a single rhyme scheme for bars and bars ("Unmechanized, the soul is divine/More opulent than Rolex time/The soul is blind, the funds, they shine.") while "Great Blacks" ("My heart do the beatin', but the blood ain't mine") is the Muldrow cut to bridge songs by Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar on any given mixtape. Still, returning fans will recognize "The Outcome" as family, as it contains verses from Someothaship regulars MP Is Free and Perkins as Declaime ("Most of you rap cats are tokens/The whole mind game is broken"). Anyone down for the cause of improving the universe is welcome and rewarded, because Thoughtiverse Unmarred is a funky and filling revolution, and proof that Muldrow's words are just as great a gift to the world as her superior beats. ~ David Jeffries