25 October 2007

Welcome to the freak show

Feels about time for some hip-hop today...

Just about every write-up you'll ever read about Philly's The Goats' debut album Tricks Of The Shade describes it in exactly the same words. One of the best yet most slept-on Hip-Hop albums in, oh, maybe ever. And I'm not here to disagree with that! It's a weird one no doubt, a concept album in which America has become "Uncle Scam's Federally Funded Welfare and Freakshow", which 15 years later is still pretty damn spot-on. Hell, they were even making fun of a President named Bush... ha! We've come a long way, baby. Anyhoo, these guys have great flow, a wicked sense of humor, and the beats on this record, courtesy of Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo, are fantastic... this one has always been my favorite...

The Goats - Hip-Hopola (ysi)

Yep, remember when rap was good? Me, too... sorta. It's a bit hazy, but I have a faint recollection. Peace.

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