Music » CD Reviews

CD Review: Vice Verses

Native Blood (Cloudscraper)


The second album from the Kent-based hip-hop trio Vice Verses is all about "music as movement." So you'll find plenty of socially conscious rhymes here, as they take aim at consumer culture ("Back to the Basics") and the environment ("Drop One"). While the grooves are low-key, Vice Verses aren't a particularly subtle group — more Rage Against the Machine than Mos Def. The politics can be off-putting at times, but all three rappers are skilled rhymers, and the record's minimal production suits their style. The whimsical, Tribe Called Quest-style "Catharsis" is all about taking comfort in life's simple pleasures. It's one of Native Blood's best cuts, mainly because it steers clear of the other songs' blatant preaching. — Jeff Niesel

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.