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Locals Only Album Review: Esem - B.A.M.

What it do good people of Middle Earth!?  Are you buying tickets to the upcoming Dinosaur Jr. concert in Fresno?  Because if you're not you should!  They're a very good band!  And their frontman looks like an alt. rock Gandalf the Grey.  You shall not pass…this opportunity up!  Oh man, I think I just hit an all time peak with that line right there!

Anywho, hello!  We've found a new local release for your ear muscles!  Take a listen to B.A.M., the new album from Dinuba emcee Esem:

Joined by members of his Roach Collection crew, Esem spits poetic on all matter of subjects in a collection of singles released over the last few years.  There's the usual stuff about the opposite sex and substance abuse (see the excellent "Borracho").  But amongst those tawdry tales, Esem finds time to delve into more atypical subjects, such as "Jehova's Shit List", where he reconciles his religious beliefs with those espoused by door-to-door missionaries.  Likewise on "Free", Esem brings to light the pains of growing up in a religious home.  

Esem's flow also intrigues.  His Nyquil laden voice becomes razor sharp as soon as a beat drops.  At that point it's nothing but a whirlwind mix of quick quips and rap cliches left in the dust.  The Dinuba rhyme slayer's release is rounded off by solid production from Roach Collection affiliates Splynter, Awok, and Soul'P (amongst other contributors).  Look for more music from Esem in the coming year!
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