WHO IS TUT?
Tut is a southern rapper from Chattanooga, the same area Isaiah Rashad grew up in. He is good friends with Rashad, and is part of the collective with him called “The House”, also based in Chattanooga. “Preacher’s Son” would be Tut’s debut full LP, and its an album that allowed him to show the masses what he was all about, his story and the sound he wanted to be represented by. Unlike the recent popular sound of hip hop/trap, with its 808s and stuttering hi-hats, “Preacher’s Son”‘s producer Ktoven uses a more old school boom-bap type of beat with most of the songs, combined with some beautiful piano and generally organic instrumentation that really complement Tut’s vocal style. A lot of people compare Tut to Isaiah Rashad because they have very similar styles being from the same neck of the woods, but on “Preacher’s Son” you can easily identify that he’s got a unique style of his own.
I think I heard about this album from a Dead End Hip Hop video, but had forgot about it until I spotted it at Beatstreet Records in Vancouver, so I decided to give it a spin. Being a huge Isaiah Rashad, I didn’t know they were associated with each other, but one play through of this album gave me a lot of the same vibe that Rashad did, mixed with a little bit of Pimp C and Big K.R.I.T. This album has stoner rap written all over it, with plenty of songs talking about smoking and being high, and the instrumentals sound like what DRE does for Snoop Dogg mixed with some ethereal, futuristic synths. I really enjoyed this album, it has a consistent, laid back vibe, and tends to throw in a lot of jazz influence, with sax solos and some jazzy/r&b female vocalists. Tuts delivery over these smooth instrumentals contrasts well because of how in-your-face his cadence usually is, and other times he is very laid back, “stoned”, sounding like a clear spoken mumble rapper, if that makes any sense. I don’t really know where Tut can go next with this sound, he’d either have to change up his beats, or maybe travel elsewhere to get different inspirations, because I think he really sealed this sound primarily on this album, which really isn’t a bad thing. The album also deals with the fact that he really is a Preacher’s Son, and dealing with being a stoner living in a religious atmosphere at home. Here’s the full album off YouTube for your convienience: