The Saskatchewan-raised, Toronto-based rapper delivers an old-school ode to hip hop.
Since releasing his debut album way back in the mid-2000s, the man known as Muneshine (real name Rob Bakker) has blessed us with numerous group and solo efforts, including his standout producing work with prolific indie rapper D-Sisive.
His latest, In Transit, is an ode to hip-hop. As a DJ, producer, rapper, and engineer, Muneshine loves the classic, boom-bap hip-hop sound, and it shows throughout the album’s 15 tracks. His ear for beats is impeccable and his chill rhyme delivery and wordplay keep getting stronger, as heard on tracks like “Venus & Mars,” “As Far As the Eye Can See,” and “Life Goes On.” Muneshine also manages an impressive list of guest contributors—D-Sisive, Moka Only, and Adam Bomb lend hands on the mic while top-level production from Elaquent, DJ Spinna, and Exile hold things down.
The conceit of the album title In Transit is reputedly that Munshine was literally on the move while creating this project—and over the album’s 51 minutes he certainly keeps things moving. This album may not be career-defining, but the old-school hip-hop and soul vibes are worth your while.