Sammus is a New York Nerdcore FemCee that has been making the rounds in the geek community and with her new project “Another M” she taking her place alongside artist such as MegaRan, MC Frontalot, HipHopGamer, K-Murdock and others. Sammus’ moniker is an ode to Sammus Aran who is the lead character in the Nintendo video game franchise Metroid and “Another M” is a play on “Metroid: The Other M” a game on the Nintendo Wii Console. Sammus tells her story while telling the story of her video game counterpart and does so with magnificent flows, song selection and storying telling. The songs on “Another M” kick off with the original music from the Metroid games and then transitions straight into the beat in which Sammus’ spits on, sometimes with little game esque intros where Sammus narrates as scene from the game or creates her Metroid inspired skit.
Sammus Kicks things off with Cybernetic Armor telling the story of the femme fatale bounty hunter and her relationship with her long lost parents. The song is very deep and emotional and listeners may even think she shares similar circumstances with the amount of emotion she brings to the track. Mae Jemison is more of an inspirational track referencing the real life Doctor who was the first African American woman to go to space and is more an inspirational track for the ladies to listen to but still smooth for all to enjoy. The album then gets back its Metroid theme on Brinstar which talks about what she sees when playing through the area in the Metroid Games. This song was ok but it didn’t have the spark the first two tracks did as well as the message but its kind of cool to see the emotions a female gamer sees playing a female gaming character.
Power Ups, the fourth song on this EP, is more of a party type track where Sammus spits about her VG counterparts power ups and suit upgrades thru the game as well as a cold bar that reference to the Morph Ball which Sammus is in the games used to get around certain areas in the game as well as to attack enemies with its bombs. “Crown” our next track is another party track aimed for the ladies in which Sammus flexes confidently while making metaphors to Sammus defeat of Mother Brain. The song has killer production and the breakbeats are amazing but this is another one aimed square at the ladies and can go nicely after Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” at a dance party.
The next track Smash Bruhs shows Sammus taking aim at her competition and this is a hard hitting track akin to 50 Cent’s “I’ll Whip Ya Head” where we hear a much more angrier and aggressive Sammus than we have heard on this entire project. I think some people who like this track, some people who hate it and some who think its out of place on this project iust do to the volatile nature of the lyrics. Sammus ends the album with “That Feeling (Beating The Game)” where she rhymes about an event that all gamers have came to at some point or another as well as the ending her take on the story of Metroid. Sammus Aran even though she is a female character doesn’t have to be sexy or sultry to be loved and respected by gamers and Sammus the rapper does the same in her music.
Sammus is a dope female lyricist as well as a dope producer, she is the epitome of what all artist should be. This album even though it may be rough around the edges for some listeners is still one of the best I’ve heard this year and that aren’t that many ladies in the music industry that impress me as of late.” Another M” is an album that requires more than one playthrough because of how deep the message is and how she is able to switch between the story of Metroid’s heroine and her own so fluidly as well as all the easter eggs and lore she drops on each track. If you love Video Games and Hip-Hop Sammus is the full package and you can stream it below but be sure to go support her by buying this LP on iTunes or Bandcamp.
Sammus “Another M” is a solid album that has amazing songs comprised of great lyricism, and quality production that stays true to the both the artist and the video game that she is inspired by. There are certain songs that may not jive with everyone or reach everyone but still Sammus shines on every song and is both a true gamer and Emcee through and through.
Artist – Sammus
Album Title – Another M
Album Score 8 / 10
RGN Rating : Sliver Album
Label – NuBlack Music Group
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this album was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.
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