Originally from Colorado Springs, Maliek Miller is a young and aspiring rapper, RnB singer-songwriter, hip-hop connoisseur, and the creative drive behind MDM (MostDangerousMusic). A dedicated talent, Maliek takes lead from the likes of TgJaydye, Midday, King Gas, Wiz Khalifa, and Kanye West, pushing his new age sound and constantly striving to become a legend in his own right.
The latest chapter in his growing legacy, ‘Most Dangerous Music, Vol. I’ arrives as an unflinching hip-hop tale and an aural documentary of Maliek’s life so far. A titanic release of twenty-four diverse and increasingly eclectic tracks, the first volume of Maliek’s ambitious saga strikes hard, blending abstract rap movements, melodic RnB tracks, and unapologetically personal moments into a polished and proficient piece.
Opening with a lingering conversational piece in ‘Intro’, Maliek instantly breaks down the barrier between artist and listener, bringing you into the heart of his creative space and ensuring every note that follows will hit its mark. Second cut ‘Hangover Highs’ breaks through a wave of staggered beats and static to become Maliek’s rap manifesto, pushing his ethos and creed with a clever verse, explosive deliver, and a sound that will surely impress. Following cuts ‘Screw Up’, ‘NameBrand’, ‘Fake Opinions’ and ‘Back Home Again’ hold firm to a more traditional rap appeal, fighting to find their place in an expansive album that so easily slips between styles.
Lingering in more universal RnB territory, tracks like ‘Feeeeeeels……’, ‘Hold On…...’, and ‘Cataline Ilse’ showcase Maliek’s ability to write conventional radio-friendly hits, stepping away from more artistic endeavour in favour of an easy hook and chart success. Its somewhere in-between the two styles that Meliek really shines, and when he manages to find harmony between his various creative inclinations, it’s pretty much impossible to deny his talents.
Cutting clever lines over engaging instrumentals and unrelenting beats, closing anthems ‘Dreams in a Wraith’ and ‘Demons We’re Faced With’ stay with you long after the album has come to a close, casting their spell and eclipsing most of what came before. Impressive though it might be for its scale and size, ‘Most Dangerous Music, Vol. I’ struggles to maintain itself, neither quite holding firm to one theme or another.
As a patchwork illustration of Maliek’s talents it works to perfection, but as a complete and enjoyable album, ‘Most Dangerous Music, Vol. I’ is struck by the same malady as most mammoth releases, there’s both too much and not enough.