twisted strategiesHot off the presses of Chico’s local hip hop scene, it’s Twisted Strategies! Lead by frontman, MC Cody G, Twisted Strategies fuses the lyrical power of hip hop with a funky, full live band. Upbeat melodies, groovy tunes, and uplifting lyrics blare from any stereo playing this album. Fun, funky rhythms mixed with positive rhymes paint pictures of societal change, not giving into bullshit, and living free. Usually I’m not the biggest fan of that auto-tune robot voice thing (you know the one), but Twisted Strategies pulls it off with style, and doesn’t use it as a crutch. The groovin’ organ and soulful keyboard lines make up for it as well. Add in funky bass, choppy guitar, sultry backup vocals, and rippin’ syncopated drum beats and I’m sold. I haven’t heard such moving music for a while, let alone from hip hop. They’re not kidding when they say it: “Oh, so fresh.”

Tommy Diestel can't remember life without music and writing. He began writing for the Synthesis at the ripe age of 19, and aspires to be a life-long writer.