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A.Tone Da Priest "October Sky"

Jason Randall Smith November 2012


It would be all too easy to accuse Marco Restrepo of wearing his heart on his sleeve, but the painful experiences of his past have forced his hand, resulting in a no-holds-barred form of expression.  Taking on the name A. Tone Da Priest, he continuously shifts between rapping and singing, keeping a singular vision in his grasp by way of his own mixing and production.  October Sky is a dense album, a 72-minute excursion through non-linear compositions from the subconscious mind.  A. Tone’s sound is a restless blend of rap and rock with the amps permanently turned up to 11, sometimes at the risk of drowning out the subtleties within certain selections.

A.Tone Da Priest "The Fi King"

Gary Hill September 2012


Hip hop can often be over-produced and feel artificial. In addition, a lot of hip hop albums have a similar kind of texture to them, feeling like multiple versions of the same song. This album fully avoids that over-produced artificial trap and it skips the monolithic element more often than not. In fact, the music here manages to cross into a number of different musical styles, from Rock in Opposition to punk rock to jazz to heavy metal and progressive rock. That really keeps it interesting and there are only a few points where it feels a little redundant.

Fans of Big K.R.I.T and Big Boi will love Georgia rapping phenom A.Tone Da Priest

James Moore March 2012


Coming to us from Marietta, Georgia, rapper Marco Antonio Restrepo, also known as A.Tone Da Priest, is building up quite an impressive catalogue, releasing new material at hyper speed. He must be well aware of the intensive competition in today’s hip hop industry; it’s possibly thriving more than ever before, and that in turn means the challenges and the opportunities loom large. Which is absolutely fine for a rapper like A.Tone Da Priest, whose flow sounds both smooth and seemingly effortless, chalk full of bravado and fearlessness. Inspired by both classic rappers such as Easy-E, Outkast and 2Pac as well as influential punk/rock artists like Nirvana, his style has a respect for the old school combined with a fresh, cut-throat approach and a dash of rock n’ roll. 

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