Lansing rapper Nate “Nasty Nyne” Winters (now living in Bakersfield, CA) released his album “Higher Learning” almost a year ago to the day. Before he left, he was performing all around Michigan and called Lansing his home. Check out this review of “Higher Learning”.

Starting us off is the slow, R & B tinged “A New Day”. Full of sparse synths and wah-tinged warbles, the drums are mellow and add keep the song grounded. The lyrics here, delivered at an almost talking pace, have a, yet again, chilled and mellow drawl. “Just another day/I make another dollar/Money comes and goes but we livin’ larger” he raps with a naturally gruff yet melodic singing slant. The production on the album varies throughout. Some tracks have an R & B pulsation to them and others have an almost Synthpop production style with horns being used via a synth (“Corners”). Another song, “Higher Learning (Magic)”, uses an acoustic guitar riff loop, which helps keep the listener on their toes.

The lyrics on the record don’t deal with a whole lot, mainly smoking¬†marijuana, drinking vodka¬†and, oddly enough, school. Winters attended Lansing Community College while here in Lansing and it’s had a more real and positive effect on his lyrics and outlook. While the outright lyrics about smoking weed (Winters seems to favor grape flavors) are pretty common within hip hop, the fact that he’s writing about school is something you don’t hear very often. On “A New Day” he raps “I did good on my finals G/two 4s and a 2 but I can’t complain/My GPA rises like gas prices”.

The album seems to wear a bit thin as it moves along as the lyrical content becomes a little tiresome. The production also gets a little tiresome after a while. I do like this record but only if I’m in the mood for it.

You can check this out (and pay your own price for it) here.

-Label: Hot Stacks Music