“Light Work: The Album” from Seven Da Pantha and Knowsee


By High-Rize AKA Josh Rizeberg

One of my favorite MC’s from the Tacoma area to cover is Seven Da Pantha. If you all are loyal readers of mine then you know I have extensively covered his work since he transplanted to Tacoma from the east-coast. His latest offering is titled “Light Work: The Album” which is a joint offering from himself and Vancouver BC, Canada’s own Knowsee. The two met at a Portland show and vibed. Seven asked Knowsee to be on his upcoming project and Da Pantha liked what he heard. After witnessing Knowsee’s skills when it comes to spitting and performing Seven Da Pantha AKA Bunchy Carter knew a full project was a must. The album has a subtitle, “Showing Dummies How To Rap Out Here”. This to me what the term “Light Work” refers to because if you know Bunchy than you know there is nothing “light” about his work. Seven Da Pantha only raps about serious issues. He is a hand to mouth, feet on the pavement, working man revolutionary rap superstar. There are no light topics he raps about. So the light work is not a nod to the content or the realness of the project, but more an ode to the ease at which Da Pantha and Knowsee can excel in MCing. They are saying rapping this well is second-nature to them and it comes with ease; ease form practicing, steel sharpens steel, and being a veteran of the culture.

Coming in at a strong 8 tracks the album starts off with a title track “Light Work”. The first MC we hear is Knowsee and he has a smooth, delicate, easy-flowing voice. The beat has an emotive, contemplative feel. Then Carter comes in and we hear his gravelly flow riding and beating the beat up. The two have a nice juxtaposition with Knowsee’s lighter voice against Bunchy Carter’s baritone. “This is light work. I can be a star but I like Earth. Space age we can go to Mars if the mic work. Mic work. I hear yo bars that was light work. Aye, it ain’t even leave a scar that was light work.” Is the hook and it is a universal experience covering Earth and outer-space in one song.

The second song, “Like Who?!!” has the same rolling ‘round town, slow, ethereal tone. This album is a nice change for Seven Da Pantha because usually he is a hardcore Boom-bap beat chooser. On this project he lets his softer ear choose the tracks and we have a more slowed-down, chill album. 

The third song “Out Here” begins with Knowsee showing his skills on the mic. “Another day another dealer that gets paid unless it was a front then he’s running on bitchmade. Switch-blades and steak-knives divvy the rock that I got the points locked like he’s a sensei. Back in the whip still questioning shit. Squints at the bag like how much does this weigh.” This really is a manual on skilled raps over nice, summery sounding beats. It’s the perfect mix of true lyrical Hip-Hop but in the form of a nice warm day, summertime, water-fight feeling. There’s too many rewindables and quotables from Da Pantha to even attempt to write one. 

Song 7, “Sinatra’s Ghost” has a more funky, upbeat vibe. Guest MC’s on the track include Monster Elicit and Soul the Interrogator. This track is a piano, organ, drum driven, fun boppy beat where the MC’s can really have some fun with tongue-twisters as they rap about their foes, their hometowns, and the impact their raps have on the populace. 

The album finishes strong with a standard knocker. This beat sounds a bit more like the music we are used to hearing Seven Da Pantha spit on. The drums knock a little more and there are less melodies on this beat. It is just a pummeling of MC’s slapping the shit out of our ears and the beat. If you thought this album was light work you will not after hearing this final track. 

As far as albums go for Seven Da Pantha this is a must have due to it’s lighter audio tones. It will be a good Ying/Yang to go along with Da Pantha’s more head-banging, neck-nodding, grimy, classic, golden-era sound. Knowsee and Seven Da Pantha have given us a beautiful, skilled, masterpiece for you eardrums.