Gnotes

Rhymes and Beats

by Mark Desrosiers

8 January 2008

 

Here’s something you didn’t know you needed: a Brother Ali imitation by a Boston-area college football player. And it’s actually pretty good too: decent flow, not a whole lot of rage, just loads of heart and soul. Most of the time I wish he’d break out the electric guitars more often, or at least pick up the pace a bit, but that atmospheric emo-rap sound speaks for itself. Standout tracks include “Promises (Remix)” (which evokes the Beasties covering “Funky Worm”), and the mellow groove of “Burn Down the Stable”, where a whispered “I hate you” at the end leaves you hungering for more. And when was the last time you heard a football player say, “You don’t always have to flex your muscles / Get back to your people, take care of your people”? A decent, humane, almost ego-free hip-hop record: worth seeking out.

Rhymes and Beats

Rating:

Topics: gnotes
//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

The Sound and the Warmth: An Interview with Cardiknox

// Sound Affects

"New York's Cardiknox are taking more steps in their goal of world domination. With their debut record Portrait out, the band are dreaming big, wanting to transcend the indie pop scene.

READ the article