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The (W)rap Up - Week of November 3, 2009
Posted by Emanuel Wallace at Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

Bekay :: Hunger Pains
Coalmine Records/Diamond Music Group
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Bekay's name is far from a coincidence - when you say "Bekay" you say "BK" a/k/a Brookyn. This rising star of underground hip-hop has been repping his home to the fullest ever since he first stormed on the scene in December 2004 with "Where Brooklyn At?" featuring the late great Ol' Dirty Bastard. At the time I could be counted among the skeptics who thought Bekay was simply riding the coattails of a fellow Brooklynite without really being established in his own right, but in the five years that have followed Bekay's worked extra hard to prove he's his own man."

Admiral Crumple :: Cryptology :: Cataphonic Productions
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon 

"It's not easy to say whether or not Admiral Crumple is headed for the red carpet or if he'll be the one sweeping it up after hip-hop's glitterati walk by. Does the Toronto based rapper have a cult following? It seems he does, though it's hard to determine the size. He's done at least one song with Cage, and thematically the only rapper he could compare to other than him is Necro. Crumple is not nearly as obsessed with raping corpses as the latter, but his self-produced beats aren't anywhere near as dope, so perhaps it's not such a good tradeoff."

Applejaxx :: Back 2 the Future :: Fadacy Music
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"Applejaxx is a Boston-based rapper who released his debut album "Back 2 the Future." This showed up in my inbox, courtesy of his label. Normally I'd pass on Christian club rap, being a fan of neither Christian or club music, but there was something in what Applejaxx was doing that made me want to spend some time with it. First of all, there are the beats, supplied by T. Bizzy, Gregory "DreamChord" Thomas, and Luke Witherspoon III. As the title suggests, the emphasis is on futuristic beats, and the producers deliver. As with the Black Eyed Peas' last album, many of the beats on "Back 2 the Future" are inspired by dance music."

God-Des and She :: Three :: G & S Records
as reviewed by Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler

"The only thing truly definable about God-Des and She are that they are a lesbian musical duo. In terms of their music, they blur conventions in ways that make them difficult to accurately categorize. While stores will place the album "Three" in the Rap/Hip-Hop section, the music on the disc hints at Dance, Electronica and Pop as well. God-Des and She gained recognition based on their addition to the soundtrack of the Showtime show "L Word." The single "Lick It" from last year's "Stand Up" LP particularly propelled their popularity. The track is a sexual anthem in the same vein as Khia's "My Neck, My Back." The song strays from my personal taste, but has proven appealing to many."

Horrorshow :: Inside Story :: Elefant Traks
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon 

"Continuing in our trend of offering exposure to the underexposed and often dope Australian hip-hop scene, please welcome Horrorshow to the main stage. They arrive a few days late for Halloween, but despite the name there's nothing horrifying about the combo of Adit on beats and Solo on rhymes. Let's start with the former. On only the second full length Horrorshow album to arrive in stores on either side of the Pacific, Adit shows himself to be a very adept producer, which could be (but probably isn't) the pun where his name comes from. "

Phillip Morris :: The Process of Addiction Has Its Costs :: Second Hand Music
as reviewed by Eric Sirota

"The corporate-bashing, ironically-named, nerdcore Chicago producer/MC, Phillip Morris, is not beyond comparison, but the comparisons will not be helpful to those lacking an unhealthy obsession with hip-hop. He's a black Tim Fite, a good-natured Quasimoto, Vordul Mega with a sense of humor, Paul Barman with flow, etc., etc. These points of reference are not useful. They only became meaningful to me since I started prizing rap hipsterdom over social interaction, but, hey, if masturbating while listening to Digable Planets b-sides is wrong, then I don't want to be right. Say what you will, it hasn't been that long since I got laid. The point is, Phillip Morris's latest release, "The Process of Addiction has Its Costs," is fucking brilliant."

Sir Mix-A-Lot :: Swass :: NastyMix/American Recordings
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace 

"Before being crowned rap's quintessential ass man and labeled a one-hit wonder, the rapper, born Anthony Ray, had a handful of tunes that received their fair amount of play in the streets. Songs like "My Hooptie" and "Beepers" from the "Seminar" album come to mind. However, before that, Mix-A-Lot and his posse were "Swass" and wanted everyone to know it. When I was younger, I thought that "Swass" was an acronym for something, but as I grew older, I realized it was just another word to describe something sweet, fly, dope, and so forth."

Odin Smith :: Antenna :: Odin Smith Labs
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"There's no shortage of work to be found on "Antenna" either, and no shortage of moods or styles either. In a way listening to "Antenna" reminds me of a Dilla beat tape, and that's meant as the high praise it sounds like. The chief difference between the two would be that while Dilla's beat example could often be under a minute in length, these play out like full songs sans rappers, even featuring breaks between wordless verses for a hook, which in cases like "Producer's Prayer" consists solely of samples. While titles can sometimes be meaningless on instrumental albums, that's not true for Odin, where each one implies a sound or style you'll be hearing."

South Circle :: Anotha Day Anotha Balla :: Suave House/Relativity
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Matt Jost 

"One Southern duo that came into existence before Field Mob, Playaz Circle, Youngbloodz, Ying Yang Twins, Dirty, Paul Wall & Chamillionaire, Little Brother, etc. was South Circle, consisting of Mr. Mike and Thorough. They were part of the Suave House foray in the mid-'90s, following in the footsteps of the label's trailblazers, Eightball & MJG. "Anotha Day Anotha Balla" is vintage Southern rap that doesn't necessarily fit current preconceptions about the region. Combining rap's cutthroat rhetoric with the aggressive attitude of the streets, South Circle's music often has the same dark undertones that you'll also find on '90s releases by Geto Boys, Three 6 Mafia or Eightball & MJG."

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