Cadence Weapon - In Search of the Youth Crew
Now, lets get one thing straight. I don't like hip-hop or rap and I never have. Or at least any interest I do have is very few and far between and nearly always restricted to the pre-bling days of the early 1980's.
Thankfully this is very much in the 'old-skool' style I believe its called, so listening to it is not so much a chore. Delivered in a straight talking but playful manner thats not a million miles away from the likes of The Bloodhound Gang (just without the filth) the words are actually coherent and listenable.
The beats are layered with little snippets of sheeny funk with an almost oriental flavour splashed on for good measure. Its ok, nothing I would buy but innovative and interesting nonetheless.
Like many people, due to my ignorance I've always split hip-hop into two seperate and opposing camps. Far from the self aggrandising rhymes of the countless rappers on the 'I've got more bitches than you' side of the fence, but never approaching the revolutionary anger of the political side, this is simple growing up as a normal kid and wanting to boogie on down kind of stuff, which blows the stupid theory open I suppose.
If you HAVE to listen to Hip-hop kids, this is definitely a step in the right direction.