I love hip-hop. Seriously, I think that it’s one of the best forms of music there is. One of my favorite things about hip-hop is when artists sound hungry in their lyrics. Whether they are veterans in the game or on the come-up, when an artist sounds like they want it, you know you’re in for a dynamic listen. Kurst is a rapper who sounds hungry on his song, “The Oracle”.
I love this song! It’s such a great listen. Lyrically, this is super strong. There’s a lot of double meanings and dope rhyme schemes in here, and that will always get a great reaction from me. He starts off by saying, “They ‘bout to witness greatness, ‘bout to give them Lasik”, and the song is filled with lines like this. I don’t want to give them all away, but there is a great scheme he uses that I must talk about: Disney characters.
Kurst originally wrote “The Oracle” as an exercise to see how many bars about Disney characters he could fit in the song. Let me tell y’all… This man went hard. Here are some of my favorites: “… I’m hungry like Jafar, I’m gettin’ greedy!” “Only spit the truth, nose is stayin’ teeny, see all the Pinocchios, they think they can deceive me”. This is COLD! There’s so much more, but it’d be wrong to spoil everything.
Musically, the production is great! With the sample, Kurst definitely tricks you a bit. Sample-wise, you’d think you are about to hear some melodic rapping, but then he comes rapping straight bars, akin to Joyner Lucas. I just like that subversion of expectations.
As I said earlier, Kurst sounds hungry on this track. He brought his A game, with the Disney references, the internal rhyme schemes, and the multi-syllabic rhymes as well. Kurst is a student of the game, and you all should give “The Oracle” a listen. Believe me, you won’t regret it!
Written by Marcus Norris