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Wha ah gwaan? Im Krikon and this is my blog, it's dedicated to everything i find interesting, esp. Reggae but also movies and graphic design. My reviews feature some low-quality, streaming samples but im not an illegal mp3 blog and will never be. Any artist or label who want their samples removed, let me know. If you want your album or movie reviewed here, post in the chat box and i'll get in touch with you.

May 29, 2008

A buncha old mp3z

Iv'e always been into diggin up obscure underground rap, the artists that no one have heard about. Way, way back, like 10 years ago when the mp3 format was new there was this site, I loved that page like crazy, tons and tons of underground music, all availible for free, legal downloads.

No matter what the site tried though i guess they could not make it profitable and pay for the (i assume) enormous bandwith that they generated so it slowly downscaled and finaly ceased to exist. Before that happened though, i had downlaoded tons of shit from it. Just recently found some of those discs and decided to upload a few of my favourites.

I will never upload full albums and be a threat to the industry in any form but expect to find selections like this on here every once in a while, i love to share my findings.

May 21, 2008

Kunta-Loc - Dead soldiers

I dunno too much about this artist, he's from Louisiana and has been shot a few times, judging from a song title he could be from Shreveport. There is one thing i do know though, if you want your Rap whit a hardcore Gangsta flavor, look no further cause this is about as rough as it gets. Plenty of attitude and aggression on here, Kunta ain't playing, he takes no prisoners! Another thing he doesn't do is corny intros or skits, something I'm very thankful for.

Shit starts whit "Carry me", a song about how his homie got murdered and death in the hood in general, this is a no-nonsense hardcore as fuck song that pulls no punches what-so-ever.... The chorus goes "they come to carry me, bury me, why they wanna see me dead ?" Kunta-Loc sets the records str8 from the get go, showing the world he's not joking and that this album deals whit some real, serious street stuff. The song catches your attention and has this creepy quality to it, depressing material indeed but very good.

Things lighten up slightly whit next track, "Farley" who despite still being very hardcore ain't quite as dark and serious whit it's "don't fuck whit me" type of lyrics. It's aggressive and boastful as Kunta tells the world how big and bad he is over a repetitive piano loop that works really well. Next up is "Coming" who has a similar built up beat but features an unmentioned female rapper, it's an anti playahata cut, nothing special really and just as aggressive as anything else on here.

There's not really too much more to say about this album, Kunta is angry as fuck on most of the following songs and even the love song "Graveyard love" has a street vibe to it. He kinda touches on emotions and a lil bit deeper shit on "Feel me" where he tries to explain to the world how he feels and why. Then we got "Dead soldier" who is kinda mellancholic and deals whit the anxiety that always having death around the corner brings.

Over all I would say that this certainly is a good album, the beats are very gangsta in a toned down way and Kunta seem to have gone thru a lot of shit. It do however tend to get a lil too one dimensional sometimes, it's str8 sex, violence and darkness from start to finish. One or two songs about something else would have brought some well needed diversity to the mix. Still, the album is good and has a very distinct Louisiana "gangsta" feel to it. If you can find it, buy it.

May 9, 2008

download my beats, for free

I've been messing around some whit making my own beats, here's a few.... Download em for free and put your vocals on em as you please but send me a copy of whatever you make.

May 5, 2008

Stirgus - One man gang

When it comes to the classic New Orleans labels from way back, "Untouchable Records" ranks among the best of them and has a ton of classic releases in their back catalogue. Nothing good lasts forever though and it seems as if they just quit the game after a few weaker (but still good) releases. Not for too long though as they are back on the scene whit their latest act, "Strigus". Don't ask me who this guy is as I've never heard or read anything about him prior to this release.

The first song (after the intro) is "Man up" ft. "L.O.G." and CEO "Al Rock", it has a sing-songy chorus and i guess it's some sorta city anthem as the lyrics go "....i come from the city of the cut throat guerrillas". It's not a bad cut and features one of my all time favourite rappers (L.O.G.) but i dunno.... I was kinda expecting more from "Untouchable Records", i might have had to high expectations that where impossible to live up to but the magic from 97-98 just isn't there (although this is not an extremely crappy album). It's not this sorta shit that made me a die hard N.O rap fan.

Usually when i review albums i dissect them good, commenting on at least 4-5 songs, talking about the feel of them, features and what the lyrics are about but I'm not going to do that this time. I feel it's a waste of time as there is nothing on this album that deserves too much attention. It's not that it sucks too much cause it's a fairly competent & professional album. It's just that i expect so much more from a label like "Untouchable Records".

They used to drop some of the hardest, most uncompromising gangstarap in New Orleans and this is a album full of mainstream pop rap that is more about the clubs, chicks and R&B flavored cross-over songs. Sorry, but i don't see y'all topping the charts anytime soon so alienating your old fanbase in the process does not seem like a very good idea. Nice to have y'all back but this is not what i hoped for.