Hip-hop in today's scene is fast and racy. An electronic overload of new-age sounds floods the market as more and more artists race to keep up with commercial trends. Musa's latest project, How to Survive When You're Dead, ignores all of that, creating a modern hip-hop Western that transports the listener to a different time and place. While the album's trotting pace may lose the attention of some fans, those interested in change will find their refined tastes more than satisfied. How to Survive is a classic tale of revenge and tragedy laid on a bed of classic instruments, with additional content from local contributors and vintage samples from music and film. This is a journey worth saddling up for.