Rapper Hubbs and beatsmith C. Scott join forces yet again on “Moorpheus,” a standout track from Hubbs’s recent El Ron Hubbs project.
When Hubbs starts in over a beat, he commands the ear, his complex rhyme schemes, gritted teeth flow, and deep voice turning his lyrics into weighty proclamations. “Moorpheus,” an apt title from an artist whose focus often lands on the illusory and deceitful nature of the world, finds the rapper in rare form, broadcasting “live from the higher realms” and holding forth like a wanderer newly returned from the desert. His rhymes spiral through exalted territory (“Acknowledge God amongst the travels/ Cancel steps from the Tower of Babel”) and pull back the veil so that “the view is truly above it.” Eventually, we find Hubbs marveling at a purple sky through sober eyes and placing “thumbtacks in the sun’s map,” his spirit ever ascending. C. Scott’s muted jazz-hop instrumental, featuring a a wispy melodic line that keens away in the background, gives Hubbs ample space for his musings.