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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.

June 17, 2008

NewBounce Documentary; Ya Heard Me

I got both good and bad news for you, the good is that there actually is a documentary about Bounce music out there, "Ya Heard Me". The bad news is that i know nothing about how you can watch this movie, unless you belong to the "movie festival crowd". In it you get to see legends like "Dj Jimi", "TTucker" and "Cheeky Blakk" among a buncha others like "Kilo" and old "No Limit" artist "Mia X".

Kilo really nails it down when he tries to describe Bounce by saying "It's not gangsta music, it's not R&B music, it's project music", a truer comment could not be said about this "sub genre", it's really not gangsta (although some artists do music they describe as "gangsta bounce") but it feels just about as ghetto as it possibly can. Well, in the documentary we get to see plenty of asses shaking and we get some time in the studio where they make bounce beats.

Damn, damn, damn, gosh darn it, I want to see this documentary. I will have to try and convince the maker of this movie that I'm important enough to be sent a screener copy of it. I know I will not be able to attend any screenings at festivals and I do not wanna wait until a DVD release is available.

June 10, 2008

Hideo Out Clique - Game on freeze

There is just so much talent in New Orleans that it's almost unreal, before Katarina there was like 500.000 persons living there and it seems as if you triple that number you get the amount of great Rap albums that has been released from there. Today we gon take a closer look at one of these, a rare lil underground gem by a buncha brothas i really dunno too much about other than that it always cost quite a bit when i see it on Ebay and still attracts plenty of bidders.

Shit starts whit an annoying Intro shaped as an Radioshow (ain't those the worst?). It gets better fast though when the first song comes, "In da zone" which is sum str8 killa shit about how they ain't afraid to kill you and leave your family suffering. An aggressive, really tite song and boy can these guys flow or what? They are rappin their asses of on here, very good. They continue whit "Want some, get some" where they rap whit more rough voices and a 100% more aggressive style, it's about how you must get what you want and not sit there waiting for shit to come to you, this song is sooo freakin, good and their flow is among the better I've heard in a long, long time. These cats gotta be the hungriest rappers ever.

Adding some variety to things, the next cut is more mellow and R&B-ish "Ain't worth living" which is a heartfelt and depressing look into these guys life's full of of drugs, death and ghetto drama and how life really is not worth living that way. For y'all youngsters out there (who has watched too many ghetto flicks and is) thinking "thug-life" is cool, let these cats educate y'all. More mellowness is served on "Caught in the game" who is kinda on the same level as the previous tune. On a more upbeat level (a few tunes further in) we get "Southern girls", dedicated to all black women from the south. This is on some really positive vibes, bigging up all women instead of going on degrading them by calling them all sorta expletives and hurling insults at em. A perfect break from all the depressing shit.

Track 09, "Everybody wanna be a...." is a return to the more aggressive feel of the first few songs and is about how hard and mean they are, one of my many favourites on here. Next up is "Face down", about how all their enemies must die, laying face down. It's not smart, subtle or anything like that, this is 100% pure, in your face gangsta music, these guys are mad and won't try to hide it or anything... It might be glorifying and negative but still a catchy as FUCK tune that is bound to stick in your head like glue.

Over all i would say that this is an soooopah tite album, it's well balanced and varied while still always remaining street and gangsta. Their flow is nothing but amazing, like i said: These guys rap their asses of and each rapper bring their own style to the game that all blends into a very appealing album. It's unf. a quite rare album, if you find it on Ebay or anywhere else online, expect to pay like 50-70$ at least. No matter how tite an album might be, a lot of folks would never pay that much for any Cd but if you belong to the few who would, this one is worth it.

June 6, 2008

New Orleans videos

Aint got too much to say other than that these be some tite rap videos from New Orleans artists....... Enjoy them.

Unknown Vandals - When it rains it pours

I don't know too much about these folks or this group so don't ask me who they are, all i know is that they're from New Orleans, one of the guys on the backside cover looks just like C-Lock but they album mentions nothing about him so considering he would be a major selling point for them I assume it's not him since he's not mentioned. What i do know though is that this is an album well worth your attention.
Let it be known that even though this most certainly is street/gangsta these guys are on some intellectual/political shit and they go out hard str8 from the start whit "Sinners prayer" who has a slow, very melodic beat whit a bluesy guitar. It's basically about them wanting to change their lives but they dunno how or how it became so messed up to begin whit. People who are against gangstarap and claim it promotes violence needs to hear this, real gangstarap ain't promoting SHIT!!! A very good start of the album that sets the tone for what is to come, if y'all are looking for easy chewable entertainment full whit sex, violence and machismo this ain't the album.

If i have to choose a favourite among the many great songs on here it would be song 3, "Hear where I'm comin from" which is a plea to the world to understand them and an explanation why so many ghetto youths are actin the way they do. I dunno if I'm just a too liberal middle class kid whit a "bleeding heart" but songs like this really, really moves me and I find it deeply disturbing that there are folks who has to live like this. This one is also pretty laid back and smooth whit a sung chorus "....hey do you hear me, somebody here where I'm coming from. Ain't no way i let you get near me I gotta keep from getting done. Always gotta watch my back, gotta stay strapped. Got me living by the gun, is it because I'm black, they got it like that ?......" Ain't got anything else to say other than that this song is pure genius.

Next up is "Can't stop a player", a song they could just as well have cut out of the album. It's a str8 pimp track whit played out samples like "...everybody can control a woman's body...." It's like they listened to the songs they had so far and got a lil bit embarrassed and scared that folks in the hood would think they're too soft and just went on whit sum str8 negative shit bout bitches,hoes bla, bla bla.... It's not that it's a bad song but you've just come to expect more out of "Unknown Vandals" whit all the deep, thoughtful songs prior to this one.
Luckily there is not too many songs like that, things get back on track a few cuts later whit the R&B-ish "It haven't been easy" featuring Ruth Robinson, a really slow, melodic track whit plenty of piano, flute and singing. The song is about how tough it has been to get anywhere in the music business and how much drama and sacrifice it has takes them to even get as far as they did (which isn't that far, to my knowledge they never made it big, even though they deserved to). Another favourite is "End of the world" that is on some doom/armageddon tip, ain't gonna go for a essay on this song but it's good and they are really spittin some deep stuff on here.
I could go on and on about how neat this album is, about their lyrics and stuff but I'm goin to try and sum things up. This is a very good album, it has that gangsta feel to it but at the same time these cats are very deep, emotional and political. They may be street cats but at the same time these guys are very smart, has thought about things and actually has something to say. They do this over some smooth, very tite R&B-ish kinda beats, things are very laid back and chill. Just go and get this album, it has dropped considerably in price the last few years so y'all can actually buy it and not be broke for the rest of the month......

June 5, 2008

Hard Head - Self titled

Except for the almost unreal success stories of "No Limit" and "Cash Money" the folks at "Big Boy Records" has always been among the biggest when it comes to N.O rap. In the mid to late 90ies they where unstoppable and the classics kept on coming. They where the ones behind acts like G-Slimm, Black Menace and J-Dawg and did also release the first albums by Fiend and Mystical. Then, like so many other labels they kinda fell from grace (although they never totally disappeared) to return around 2005 whit a coupla releases to reclaim their former glory.

I was never that impressed by the release from "Block Burnas" and I'm yet to hear the album by Dangerfield but let's forgett about them and get into the first cut on the album, "I'm a big boy" which is a boastful club sounding track that is just as much about mentioning how good his label is as it's about how good he is himself since he signed whit the best label in the world. The beat is kinda stripped down and relies heavily on a short synth loop. After that comes a skit that introduces us to the next tune "I want Ice" who is about how much diamonds Hardhead has and want which is dropped over another stripped down but more bouncy beat than the first track.

One of my favourite songs on here is "I'm drunk", the subject is self explanatory and this is just the perfect party song, could see this work real well at a frat party or something... Although this is not an all out funny track it had me laughing at times and i can relate to the subject (who wasn't partying and sometimes drinking too much in their teens ?). One of the few more thugged out tracks is "Trigga man", produced by legendary producer "Sinista", it's good but i think he does the partying, feel good tracks a lil bit better.

Another favourite is "Focusing on the wrong thing", probably the most personal song on here and is about his family, friends and things that seem to be wrong in Hardheads life. It's nice to get a glimpse into his life, beyond all the partying and swagger that is very much the focus on the rest of the Cd. Another more thugged out track is "2 step" whit label mates "J-Dawg" and "Dangerfield", not bad but not the best on here either.

Summing up this album i have to say that it's really good and it surprises me that I like it, although it's kinda streets (whit it's fair share of thug tunes) this is not quite as hard and dark as the stuff I'm used to listening to. It's more light hearted, more about partying and clubbing and less about depressions and personal demons needing to be exorcised. He has a very nasal flow that might anoy some but i like it and it works perfect for the album.
This is not like the old "Big Boy Records" releases of the past that I'm used to and loves. It was released in 05 and is already getting rare (if you are to believe the prices it sells for online), if you can find it, get it cause it's a good album.