Call for Book Reviewers and Bloggers

Music
cover art

Xrabit + DMG$

Hello World

(Big Dada; US: 17 Mar 2009; UK: 16 Mar 2009)

“We gon’ turn the world onto some Dirty South shit,” chants Coool Dundee, one half of texas duo DMG$ (formerly known as Damaged Good$) in the hook to “Dirty South”. It’s the penultimate track on Hello World, and as a mission statement, it works pretty well. The problem is, it’s a lie.


On Hello World, DMG$ teams up with German producer Xrabit for 13 tracks of future-leaning hip-hop, and there’s plenty to be found on the album to recommend it. Of particular note is the fantastic production from Xrabit himself, who can turn some seriously old-school samples into something perfectly contemporary (“Follow the Leader”) or he can create something that might be described as glitch-disco out of nothing much at all (“Are We Friends”).


What doesn’t hold up is the rapping, which relies too much on pop-culture references and one-liners. While a line like “I’m so dope / Call me Amy Winehouse’ piss test” is cute and worth cracking a smile over, it’s already dated. While I’m thrilled to hear “Thundercats - Ho!” at the beginning of “Thunderkats”, it’s unfortunate that it had to be turned into a booty anthem. It’s well-delivered, but none of it is memorable. Check Hello World for the beats, but don’t be surprised if you don’t remember a word that the boys of DMG$ say.

Rating:

Mike Schiller is a software engineer in Buffalo, NY who enjoys filling the free time he finds with media of any sort -- music, movies, and lately, video games. Stepping into the role of PopMatters Multimedia editor in 2006 after having written music and game reviews for two years previous, he has renewed his passion for gaming to levels not seen since his fondly-remembered college days of ethernet-enabled dorm rooms and all-night Goldeneye marathons. His three children unconditionally approve of their father's most recent set of obsessions.


Media

Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements
Win a 15-CD Pack of Brazilian Music CDs from Six Degrees Records! in PopMatters Contests on LockerDome

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.