Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom

Joining the ranks of rap's progressive movement, Los Angeles-based rapper/ singer/poet Mystic combines vivid imagery with surreal sounds on her debut set.

Joining the ranks of rap's progressive movement, Los Angeles-based rapper/ singer/poet Mystic combines vivid imagery with surreal sounds on her debut set. Not one to mince words, Mystic uses Cuts and Scars to convey messages of self-love, self-respect, and righteousness. "The Life," the album's lead single, is a prime example of that. Produced by A*Plus, "The Life" is a dedication to all those who struggle with life—and who doesn't? The single also allows Mystic to showcase her vocal capabilities. Meanwhile, "Neptune's Jewels" is both beautifully ethereal and clearly sensual. Issues of love ("Forever and a Day") and materialism ("The Gottas") are also tackled throughout the album.—RH