Rey Resurreccion releases “Heart of the City”, his debut studio album. San Jose’s
emcee/producer who has dropped several popular projects, with Limitless, Sleeping Giants,
Back in the Day Vol. 1, Old Rust New Bang 2, & More under his belt, he has mastered the art
of structuring quality projects and treating each project like its own piece of work.
I have personally been blessed to chill at his lab at times and peep music before its released
and some thing that always stood out to me was Rey’s abundance of ill music he had still
yet to be released. Rey is a perfectionist, and it shows with Heart of the City. Despite his
previous projects, especially Sleeping Giants & Old Rust New Bang being standout projects,
the growth is evident on Heart of the City. On the Chexmex produced, “The Story”, Rey spits
“Born the same day as Bob Marley or Ronald Reagan, and when the rain came it was kind of unexpected, bear through the weather, pray for the better, but mom & pops split like a couple years later, it was probably for the best, so I’m like yea whatever, we’re family i can’t understand why we can’t be together…”. Rey weaves hip-hop lyricism with storytelling brilliantly, perhaps at a level even he has not done before.
This album can easily be categorized as one of San Jose’s best releases ever, and one of the Bay’s most complete LP’s of the past few years. Another stand-out track is the upbeat and creatively conspired “Duck Down” produced by The Bangerz producer/DJ extraordinaire Goldenchyld. Rey balances the album out with the chill “High With Me” and moody “Vibrations”. The features on the album are carefully placed and suitably so. “Ode to Rap Gods” produced by Rey & another talented producer/DJ from the Bangerz, Weezmatic. Pep-Love and Casual both rip the track after Rey spits a memorable verse.
“Sun Goes Down” shows more versatility from Rey as it seems him get more reflective and wise on a
storytelling tip, and it goes perfectly with the Audible Doctor soundscape. “Youngins hangin on the streetlights, Not even thirteen, caught up in the street life, but feelin like an grown man, chip on his shoulder, guess he got it from his old man”. At this point we are 11 tracks deep on a 15 track LP and Rey has provided us with food for thought, chill tracks, tracks to groove and ride to, as well as explored some themes that need to be touched on.
The album ends as well as it starts, with the extremely catchy and knocking slapper “Hello” produced by Rey himself. He spits, “Cuz we all about that good vibe, out all night with no plans, I did it all for the moment, and not for the instagram…”
Rey maintains his confident swagger, but switches up the flow and shows once again that he is the opposite of a one-trick pony as with “Hello” he adds a different type of hip-hop tune to his already stacked arsenal of gems. “Mainey” featuring Zumbi is perhaps the most “alternative” Rey’s production gets on the project, yet its definitely a banger with solid verses and another gem from the visionary producer/DJ, Weezmatic. Heart of the City will surely be in many San Jose natives & music-lovers rotation for a minute as its multi-layered and has a lot of replay value. – Arman “StrongArm” Mahmoudi.