Sadistik - Flowers for My Father

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RIYL

Kno
Atmosphere
Dark Time Sunshine
Aesop Rock

Release Date

02/19/2013

Tracklist

1 Petrichor
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)
9 Micheal
10 Seven Devils
11 Exit Theme (feat. Astronautalis & Lotte Kestner)
12 Melancholia
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.

--Rick Gebhardt

Author

Rick Gebhardt
Last updated: 03/16/2013 08:49AM

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Nicholas
03/18/2013
07:52AM
Age: 32
Location
Baton Rouge

He's got Astronautalis on a track. I am checking this out.

Nicholas Fritz
03/19/2013
07:53AM
Age: 31
Location
Quakertown, PA

I didn't think I would like this style of hip-hop, but I am actually digging this a lot. I like P.O.S. and Sims for the aggressive beats they have, this is the complete opposite though - very laid back - and the sullen tone gives the whole album a unique vibe.

Rick Gebhardt
03/19/2013
08:24AM
Age: 33
Location
Minnesota
Nicholas Fritz

I didn't think I would like this style of hip-hop, but I am actually digging this a lot. I like P.O.S. and Sims for the aggressive beats they have, this is the complete opposite though - very laid back - and the sullen tone gives the whole album a unique vibe.

If you like this and haven't listened to Kno's Death Is Silent, you should enjoy that album too.

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Nicholas
03/20/2013
10:14AM
Age: 32
Location
Baton Rouge

Dude, you just made Sadistik $7. This album is a beast.

Nicholas Fritz
03/21/2013
08:28AM
Age: 31
Location
Quakertown, PA
Rick Gebhardt
Nicholas Fritz

I didn't think I would like this style of hip-hop, but I am actually digging this a lot. I like P.O.S. and Sims for the aggressive beats they have, this is the complete opposite though - very laid back - and the sullen tone gives the whole album a unique vibe.

If you like this and haven't listened to Kno's Death Is Silent, you should enjoy that album too.

Listening to it now. I dig it, but I like the Sadistik album better. I'm not a big hip-hop fan so there has to be something that stands out about it for me to like it. This Kno album isn't bad, just a little bland to me.

Nicholas
03/24/2013
08:04PM
Age: 32
Location
Baton Rouge

Been listening to this album for the past week non-stop. Gotta up my grade. Glad you reviewed this because this dude was totally off my radar.