Released back in May of this year, Vic Spencer’s album Things Change I Don’t is a cohesive and consistent one. His introspective lyricism about his personal life, his hometown Chicago and social issues makes for an engaging and intimate listen.
Throughout the 14 tracks, his menacing tone and energy is backed by hard-hitting, drum-heavy beats with a soulful touch. Tracks like “E-Cle pt3” samples the soundtrack for the classic French film Fantastic Planet (1973) as he speak about how violence and crime has affected him personally, as his raw lyricism about losing a friend is heavy. On “Arctic Frost Bite” he talks about how losing Sean Price destroyed him, also paying tribute to Mac Miller. The guitar and leads on “Laurel Canyon Mansion” are soulful and groovy, as the funky sample throughout is stellar. “The Early Pimp Gets The Perm” sees him sound confident and dominant over an off-kilter beat, while “MMM Vile” has a hellish beat that’s truly dark and menacing. “Confidence Sucks” has one of my favourite soul samples, which is looped over subtle guitar leads and a thumping beat and effortless verses from the talented musician. Overall, Vic Spencer’s vivid and aggressive lyricism, coupled with the soulful, boom-bap production makes Things Change, I Don’t a great soundtrack for his life and experiences.
Listen to Vic Spencer’s album Things Change I Don’t below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Re-Released via Daupe.