Raider Klan: Tales From the Underground

[23 January 2014]

By David Maine

Parody Or Deadly Earnest? You Decide

Raider Klan try so hard to evince over-the-top hip-hop badassery that they veer dangerously close to a parody of hip-hop badassery. (Their album was released on Halloween fer Chrissake.) That’s not to say they aren’t entertaining; cartoons can be fun, and this outfit is nothing if not a cartoon. From the opening horror-movie synths of “Fuck What They Say” to the closing strains of 10-minute epic closer “Goin’ In”, there is an abundance of rhymes concerning fat cash, ungrateful bitches and niggers who don’t play. That said, the beats are surprisingly low-key, leaving the attention squarely on the lyrics, to the benefit of the energetic “It’s Nothin” and “Goin’ In”, but elsewhere the energy flags a bit. Despite this, the varied flows of Amber London, Rell, Dough 2x and Key Nyata – among others – keep things lively enough. It’s nothing groundbreaking, or even marginally original. It is, however, more or less what my mother thinks rap music consists of. Welcome to your nightmare, Mom.

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/177527-raider-klan-tales-from-the-underground/