Friday, June 25, 2010
Review: The Gobots-D-Boy Era
The Gobots- "Play At Your Own Risk" (Video at YouTube)
It's high concept hip hop. On D-Boy Era, a new release out of the Bay area, an examination of contemporary thug life is set to the sounds of the roots of rap. "I'm Paid," for example, samples Cameo's "She's Strange" and quotes Grandmaster Flash's "The Message." The lyrical content, however, is pure 2010. For people of a certain age, including myself, The Jacka and Lee Majors, it's the best of both worlds. Accordingly, D-Boy Era just might be the album of the year for music lovers capable of embracing both Wild Style and E-40. Here's a 30-second commercial. Consider this blog post an unpaid 100-word advertisement for the album.
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The M P M salutes Rappin' Duke.
Kansas City hip hop artist Greg Enemy posits that Bob Dylan and Lil Wayne are essentially the same person.
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