Taoreta became our favorites for a reason. They are making their mark as a revolutionary hip hop duo, schooling everyone on the most vital lessons through an astounding mix of boom-bap production style with piercing raps and memorable hooks. Their single Apple Tree denotes another major accomplishment for Loaneski and DJ Icon, granting the audience an intense experience both musically and visually. We promise you, you’ll become a fan.
The video for Apple Tree raises Taoreta even higher in our estimation of their value, officially confirming their potential in the hip-hop sphere. The extraordinary opening of the music video features a very fancy Loaneski with a hint of delirium in his eyes, which peaks in Joker-like vibes when he sticks his fingers inside his mouth to mimic a forced smile. The red color that is featured in the scene where the artist is in a straitjacket, only redoubles the sinister factor making the atmosphere that much graver and forcing the listener to pay utmost attention to the lyrics. The more you watch it, the closer it draws you in. It doesn’t take long to realize this is a serious budget music video, turning out to be rather complex and entertaining, showing multiple scenes, various people, and the very fine-acting skills of Loaneski as the psychotic guy and Dj Icon as his psychiatrist. We approve.
Apple Tree kicks off with Loaneski’s fierce excitement, but only after the calming instrumental makes its suave entrance: “Young single mothers slave away for the children of tomorrow/ Dead beat daddy’s only concerned with young females who swallow” – yikes! Loaneski just muted the whole audience by addressing the elephant in the room as if that’s what he usually does for breakfast. With his staccato consistency, he delivers truth after truth while making references to crappy reality TV shows that many women are fangirling over: “Baby mothers only care for love island dramas”. After naming things what they are, and more specifically men dreaming of being Al Capones and women falling for the Cinderella narrative, Loaneski shows no constraint in roasting unqualified parents as well: “Bare foolishness can you blame the kids?/ Throwing tantrums so we give them iPads” can we get an AMEN from the Boomers in the back? Cause they’re the last generation that can sincerely say hey at least I was paying attention to my kid. And they wouldn’t be lying. And as to end the first verse with a BANG, Loaneski brings up a very underestimated topic: history, pointing out how the new generation is blatantly ignorant about their bloodline: “Ask them about their lineage and they start twiddling them thumbs/ It’s not that they’re dumb/ You’ve got to look at the parenting!”
The very melodic hook sung by Cara Michelle underlines the perfect production mix between the beat, which bases itself on modernized boom-bap music, and the vocal tracks that rightfully take the lead: “Man, woman, child/ Him and her/ He and she/ The cradle of civilization/ It started with Adam and Eve/ The apple don’t fall too far from the tree”. The chorus resumes the big idea in few words: we’re just the updated version of Adam and Eve. Same sinners, different times. Also to be noted the seamless intercalation of voices between Cara Michelle and Loaneski. They both fit extremely well on the song.
The second verse blasts the consequences of an absent father on the now-grown girl: “No father figure/ No males calling her princess/ So the only way she gets attention/ Is through sex/ Thinking it’s the route to unconditional love”. On the same note, Loaneski shows the aftermath of the same miseducation on boys trapped in adult bodies: “Young Simbas growing up without Mufasas/ Getting into scraps/ Thinking that they’re hard now that they’ve got scars/ It’s a damn shame when they’re locked behind bars”. What the rapper is portraying with wonderful efficiency is that due to inferior parenting, children turn into adults who lack basic emotional tools to build their self-esteem in the real world. Let’s just say that this song will be the opening theme of future specialization schools where you’ll have to prove your worthiness as a potential parent. We seriously need a testing and certification system for procreators. Enough of the traumatized adults perpetuating their childhood shortcomings on others and worse, on future generations as well.
In characteristic fashion, Taoreta includes a final speech in Apple Tree and ends the song with a feeling of vibrating hope for a better future. With the many elements present throughout the 3 minutes, Apple Tree feels just the right length. It’s a song that flaunts an incredible fearlessness of speech and by consequence, makes Loaneski and DJ Icon a favorite hip hop duo with aware individuals.
Song Credits: Loaneski – writer, vocalist; DJ Icon – producer, Cara Michelle – vocalist.
Review by Mariana Berdianu
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