Dark Time Sunshine
2 Russian Roulette (feat. Cage & Yes Alexander)
3 City in Amber (feat. Lotte Kestner)
4 Snow White
5 The Beast
6 Kill the King (feat. Deacon the Villain)
7 Song for the End of the World
8 Palmreader (feat. Child Actor)
10 Seven Devils
11 Exit Theme (feat. Astronautalis & Lotte Kestner)
13 A Long Winter (feat. Ceschi)
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In 2008 Sadistik released The Balancing Act and it went relatively unnoticed by most (including me) until I stumbled upon him because he had a track that Mac Lethal guested on. I was instantly drawn in to his form of conscious hip-hop. His approach was a unique mixture of P.O.S., modern Atmosphere, and a bit of Aesop Rock but put through a very down to earth and, frankly, somewhat depressing filter. He's not going to burn down clubs with bangers, but he's going to have you intimately engaged by his lyricism and methodical approach… and then he goes upping his game even more on Flowers for My Father!
It's not a stretch to say that this is a very death-centric album, not too dissimilar from Kno's Death Is Silent. After Sadistik's debut album dropped, his father passed away, which can obviously scar anyone, and it surely had an impact on Sadistik. Adding to this, there was the effect that the death of fellow MC Eyedea had on Sadistik (which he covers in depth on "Micheal"). These two monumental events couldn't be ignored, and they definitely were not as Sadistik used them as the foundation for Flowers for My Father.
Instead of focusing solely on death and the losses he experienced, Sadistik has crafted an album that is as vulnerable as I have ever heard an MC. His reflection and introspection give you not just a glimpse into his personal struggles, but paint a full picture of his attempts to come to grips with everything that has transpired since his last album. At age 25, Sadistik comes across more world-weary and wise than people twice his age.
All of his lyrical genius and the acrobatics heard on this album could easily go to waste if not delivered over the right type of backdrop, though. Fortunately, the synth-soaked backing beats of this album create an appropriate melancholic mood. Not quite as soulful as the beats on his debut (and not nearly as boom-bap), the beats here are much more mature, smooth, and darkly appropriate.
I highly doubt that there will be another hip-hop album this year that will be able to match the authenticity and genuine feeling of Flowers for My Father. This album is real. This album doesn't just have feeling, it exudes feeling. Tragedy, as unfortunate as it is, can be an amazing fuel for creativity. Sadistik is evidence of this.