“I was entranced, and wanted to make absolutely sure I was hearing the words correctly before I dug into an assumed level of talent. As it turns out, I heard right. No assumption necessary. Elevators or Escalators is poetry.
And sensuality. And social consciousness. Not to mention a really tasty slice of rhythm—clean instrumentals, solid beats. The album braids together threads of individual and societal difficulties, as well as larger concepts of love and non-violence. Overall, Shaw’s passion comes through with vengeance.
Shaw, with his poetic talent, cultural and personal awareness, and of course, skill with woven compilation and controlled repetition, is certainly on his way to being one of those old/new greats, if his isn’t already. So, my whole Tupac thing. Well, I still stand by it, but now maybe when someone asks and I say that I won’t pick just one, I’ll mean it for different reasons. Lyricism is important, particularly in rap music.