This picture on the back cover of Oxymoron’s The Woods mixtape looks exactly like where my grandma house is in Bamberg County, South Carolina: dirt roads, woods and open fields. I love it down there. All country fresh air everything.
The Woods is the South Carolina trio’s sophomore mixtape. Comparing the two projects, The Woods is a bit more serious. Pedro English, Ment Nelson and Tony London rap about unemployment, bullying, love, God and much more. This mixtape is not as lighthearted as My Well Smokes Good. There’s less laughter this time around and much more insight. Sounds like they’re growing up.
Also Charlamagne Tha God sure seems to be a popular subject to include in SC hip hop. "The Recipe" on The Woods has sounds bites of Charla from a 2009 Carolina Grinda DVD interview talking about artists from SC achieving mainstream success.
Oxymoron is making some of the best hip hop coming out of Sout Carolina right now. Be sure to listen to this project in it’s entirety. It’s on some real ish. Take an extra few minutes to hit the jump and read Pedro, Ment and Tony’s "Thank Yous" and you’ll see what I mean.
The Woods —
Run That Back:
Tony: This album is my struggle, it’s my hopes and desires to get my family in a better place. This is album is my faith in God.
MENT: This album is literally my last hope. I dropped out of school, so all my eggs are in one basket. My dad is unemployed and my mom has a home daycare. They struggle so much, and I HATE watching it, especially since they’re such good people! It had to be as perfect as possible to potentially put me and my family in a better place, so that’s where the raw emotion comes from.
Pedro: For me this album is my journal. I’m not the best speaker so often times in conversation I’m not able to say exactly what I want or express myself how I want to, but with this body of work I was. I’m just starting to fully understand the whole concept of trusting in God ‘cause I’ll admit I worry ‘bout shit more than I should at times. Just as hard as God shows abundant blessings, Satan works just as hard to tear that down and the back and forth battle for your soul can tear you down in the process at times. So for me, this album is me reaffirming my faith and coordinating my inner with my outer…finding oneness.