The Achievement Gap


When we first got this album,we were skeptical simply because of the Cover art,but The Achievement Gap with its 90’s vibe and catchy verses…is definetly proof positive that you should never judge a book by its cover.-W

As an MC who has  shared the stage with such legendary artists as Rakim, Pete Rock, DJ Premier,  Mobb Deep, Mos Def, The Rza, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Methodman, Xzibit, The  Beatnuts, Tha Liks, E-40, Tha Dogg Pound, WC, Large Professor, Ras Kass, Jay  Electronica, Slaughterhouse (Royce da 5’9″, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I),  Chino XL, Cormega, Rhymefest and Brother J (X Clan). Pasadena native FOCI  clearly understands not only how to rock a stage (as he was the winner of Urban  Underground’s Best Performance for 2010 2011 and 2012), but how to create an  everlasting impact.  Coming  off of last weeks break through performance at Los Angeles’s Belasco Theater in direct support  of Mos Def a.k.a. Yasiin Bey, Foci has released his long awaited debut album “The  Achievement Gap.

The  Achievement Gap” is a concept project that addresses various facets of  academic success, this album also touches on revealing FOCI’s insecurities  (“Motion Pictures”), his search for love and companionship (“Promise Land”) and  the murder of his best friend Cesar Morales (“Cesar’s Song” f/ Annie Elliott).  The album as a whole serves as a statement on the current condition of Hip-Hop  which ultimately culminates in the songs (“Real DJs” f/ Christine Ariya &  Desperado).
The entrancing soundscapes on “The Achievement Gap” provided by Diverse (former Aftermath Music / G Unit associate), Nathan Allen (Amy Winehouse, Faith Evans, Elzhi), Jansport J (Planet Asia, Kool G Rap, Strong Arm Steady), Emani (his former student) and Science with Mixing & Mastering handled by Omar “Ikuestion” Loya (Nas, Common, Big Sean) highlights FOCI’s flexibility in lyricism and songwriting abilities while staying true to it’s Hip Hop roots with cuts by DeeJay Gemini & DJ 4080.
Unlike many of the new artists that are coming out today whose success is simply measured by how well their album charts, FOCI is more concerned with making sure that this album measures up to the standards of the legends that he has shared the stage with. For FOCI, his responsibility is clear; whether working with students in the classroom as a teacher, or taking listeners to school on wax, one way or another, FOCI will do whatever he can to make sure that “The Achievement Gap” is nothing more than a distant memory.


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