Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedomby Mystic
Even with Lauryn Hill taking an extended sabbatical, no one has stepped up in her absence to carry the hip-hop/songbird flame. That was, until Mystic. With her debut, Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom, Mystic seamlessly bridges the gap between soulful harmonizing and introspective lyricism; and no one since Hill bridged this gap so effectively. "Cuts for Life" is a soulful blend of spoken word poetry and introspective lyricism. Mystic effortlessly manages to implement her vocal and lyrical chops on the sublime "Neptune's Jewels" and the A-plus-produced, breakout single "The Life." Unlike other songbirds, Mystic rarely gets boxed in, or fixated on one style, as she ably floats between repping the West Coast's virtues with fellow Cali up-and-comer Planet Asia on "W" and questioning hip-hop's image-conscious nature with "The Gotta's." Mystic's voice contains a natural duality; as it can be gentle ("Forever and a Day") and pessimistic ("You Say I Say") at any given moment. Similarly, her vocals unfold with an emotional warmth that only a woman can provide, as it conveys a deep, motherly like understanding, offering that tender shoulder to cry on ("Fallen Angels"), but at the same time demanding respect for herself and her fellow sistas ("Girlfriend Sistagirl"). While the extremely vivid "Fatherless Child" is a sympathetic and scolding account of her father's losing battle with drug addiction. While Foxy Brown and Lil Kim push the envelope with their uninhibited brand of punany power, Mystic's socially relevant and personally revealing topic matter is just as uninhibited. Yet, while Mystic features the same voluptuous package (check the artwork for verification) as the aforementioned, instead of augmenting her breast size, Mystic's artsy Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom augments the mind -- ladies first indeed!!
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- Jcor Entertainment
Performance CreditsMystic Primary Artist,Vocals
Anthony Acid Guitar
Planet Asia Track Performer
Technical CreditsA+ Producer
Ray Evans Composer
Tom Gordon Producer,Engineer
Jay Livingston Composer
Adam F Producer
Angel Programming,Engineer,Voice Sample
Mystic Executive Producer
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Mystic is an unbelievable talent, and it shows on her debue album. Her beats are beautiful and its obvious that she's speaking from deep within herself. She has a great voice, unlike a lot of members of the hip-hop community today; When she talks in the intro she sounds really sexy, and when she sings she sounds like an angel. I can't say enough about it. Even though she hits some soulful topics, she's able to keep it light enough to love. I love Mystic
probably the tightest album from a female artist in mystic's category that I have ever had the chance to come across.beats.lyrics,delivery, the entire album. good looks. keep it poppin'!!
Mystic is part of a dying breed. Her music touches all of us, primarily young women, in a way not many other artists today can. Her lyrics are incredibly moving and empowering. Mystic's music is the kind of music most people long for. It's a blend of soul, hip hop, and poetry. She is an amazing artist and I will forever be greatful for her blessing those of us who have had the pleasure of experiencing her music.
mystic is a wonderful artist.her music is inspiring and raw and real."W" is a great laid back summer jam as is "The Life".she sounds totally different from anyone else out today.