Review | Division All Stars “Hypnosis Mic-Glory or Dust-“

Hypnosis Mic

Division All Stars arrive with the riveting “Hypnosis Mic-Glory or Dust-“. A top-tier instrumental and fancy matchups shine in this track.

Title: Hypnosis Mic-Glory or Dust- 
Release date: 23/04/2021
Genre: Rap/Hip-Hop


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Track analysis:

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Dramatic strings open the hostilities with a riveting beat marching alongside it, setting an urgent, gritty, and intense vibe to “Hypnosis Mic – Glory or Dust –“. Drones and brass help fleshing out the battle tone in this song.

Strings soar in the chorus as all elements try to match the powerful vocals with a crescendo.

The song is constantly evolving in its composition. Starting off simple, with a stiffening vibe, a harpsichord joins the later part of the 1st verse, carrying over to the 2nd, heightening the dramatic tone in the song.

The 3rd verse starts off stripped down, with only the strings and beat leading the way, as the song progresses, an eerie choir paints the background.

The rap parts are split in the tradition Hypnosis Mic franchise – leaders, 2nd in command, 3rd in command -, each group assigned to a battle in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd verses respectively.

One by one, the members show their colors and stance in this battle, with some pretty interesting face-offs and unique performances found in the Joushi – Gentaro – Hifumi and Hitoya – Rio parts.

My only issue with this song lies in the fact that the chorus is stacked with vocals on top of an already pretty intense instrumental. As a result, the chorus sounds murky even if vocals are split to cover different parts of that section.

All in all, the dramatic, confrontational tone to “Hypnosis Mic – Glory or Dust –“ is a nice change from previous songs by Division All Stars.

It counts with cool wordplays going in some of the individual performances and the instrumental is easily among the best the franchise has created.

If you always wanted an incisive hip-hop track performed by Division All Stars with a massive instrumental as their backdrop, this is the thing for you. Awesome entry in their repertoire.

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Hypnosis Mic – Glory or Dust –
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