Patterns of Chaos: Freedom EP Review

Talib Kweli once said “The beautiful thing about hip-hop is that it’s like an audio collage. You can take any form of music and do it in a hip-hop way and it’ll be a hip-hop song.” Cincinnati’s own Patterns of Chaos (PoC) illustrates Kweli’s point excellently with their own brand of acid jazz beats, cello situations, and powerful lyrics that dip into spoken word. Their Freedom EP, which dropped last month, shows that the trio are ready to take this chaotic collage to the world.

Patterns of Chaos is made up of three Cincinnati friends who clearly share a love of jazz and classic hip-hop. The group’s main rapper is Jay Hill, who’s supported by Toph with back up rhymes and, of course, a cello. The classic 90’s lo-fi beats (think De La Soul or A Tribe Called Quest) are created by Stallitix who also serves as the shit talker and hype man for the group. What’s a great hip-hop album with clean beats, creative rhymes and a healthy does of shit talking?

Freedom starts with a dichotomous track of hyped lyrics promising to get radical and some cynical heh’s a la Chance the Rapper over a sunny, jazzy beats that loop a clean guitar track that sounds reversed, which creates a cool subversive element in the track. Off the top, it's clear these guys are having fun making this music and that you’re going to have fun listening.