If awards were given out for taking your sweet time to release your debut album, local MC D-Sisive would have several gold trophies lining his mantle. After he was lauded as one of Toronto’s next big things, D went under the radar for years, making us wonder just what the hell he was up to. The Book is the answer.
From the chiming music box/spoken word intro that laments an artist growing old while searching for glory, The Book is an attractively fragmented, unorthodox take on hip-hop, crammed with clever wordplay like being “big-headed like Christina Ricci,” right beside heavily personal confessions and sombre, self-deprecating jabs.
D-Sisive happily plays devil’s advocate in making us question what mainstream hip-hop can be, and is able to teeter back and forth between irreverence and respect for the genre. The production – everything from creeping funk-soul samples to using Tom Wait’s Underground – suggests the rapper’s versatility and scope. Unfortunately, at only eight songs, The Book only hints at his capabilites.
D-Sisive gets busy at the Reverb tonight (Thursday, May 29).