The True Meaning

Cormega has something to say. Less than a year after releasing his critically acclaimed debut, The Realness, the Queens, N.Y.

Cormega has something to say. Less than a year after releasing his critically acclaimed debut, The Realness, the Queens, N.Y., native returns with The True Meaning. A storyteller in the truest sense of the word, Cormega again takes listeners on an aural journey into the world of street life. Unlike his peers, the MC doesn't glorify the life but rather gives a peek into what it takes to live that life and the effects it has on its inhabitants. The haunting title song, with its sorrowful piano-driven track, serves as a prime example. Cormega also gets to do a bit of well-deserved chest-beating on "Built for This." Rising above the mud slinging, Cormega tells his side of the Nas controversy, with a positive spin, in "Love In, Love Out." Devoid of all the requisite bells and whistles of many of rap's music's big titles, The True Meaning is simple, effective, and pure hip-hop.—RH