San Francisco Bay Area natives launched the greatest LP of the year for West Coast hip-hop. Le VICE combines the sounds of hip-hop, rap, funk and indie rock to make one powerful album dedicated to Peter Pan’s “Neverland.”
People are starting to categorize music like Le VICE under a genre called “urban,” which is exactly what “Neverland” brings to listeners.
This powerful and danceable album shows how strong female rappers and performers are paving the way for the indie/hip-hop scene.
Le VICE consists of four diverse artists who all offer different specialties, making “Neverland” poetic, smart and easy to listen to.
Alex Lee, the main vocalist; Renzo Staiano, guitar and keys; Sean Stillinger, bass and keys; and Darrin Thomas, drums and electronic drum pad, collaborate to make the best urban album of the year.
All members come from different musical backgrounds that play into the overall success for the urban music vibe. From funk to classical, all four of them combine their talents to create unique hip-hop sounds.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian coined Le VICE as one of this year’s “Bands on the Rise in 2012,” and that is exactly what “Neverland” launched. Le VICE has become increasingly popular among college radio stations nationwide.
Rapping about the city streets of the Bay Area, Le VICE makes it known that its journey to the top has not been easy by any means.
Artists and groups, such as No Doubt and M.I.A. have been heavy influences on Le VICE and its newest album, “Neverland.” When listening to “Neverland,” you can definitely hear the sounds of reggae inspired No Doubt tracks and more aggressive rap songs like M.I.A.
The song “City Streets” features another San Francisco native rapper, Mistah F.A.B., who is a known legend in the Bay Area.
The variety of songs on this LP also shows how diverse Le VICE is and where they are going in the future. There is only up after “Neverland,” since this is such a strong and interesting album.
Tune into KSLC 90.3 FM to hear Le VICE: “Neverland.” You can also listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm or stream the station on iTunes.
KSLC General Manager