Themselves: CrownsDown

~ Monday, 28 September 2009
This album is a brutal slice of Rap and Hip Hop from the duo of Adam Drucker and Jeff Logan that is a million miles away from most of the generic gangsta shite that has became most peoples view of what this genre is all about. The samples and production make this an attention grabbing affair with a viciousness and brutality which are brought to life by the rapid fire rapping that harks back to Public Enemy.

Now, I will be the first to admit that my knowledge of Hip Hop is practically nil, mainly due to the fact that I have not liked what I have heard in the past, but as the saying goes 'I know what I Like' and I like this. I like it a lot.


Opener Back II Burn is a statement of intent, announcing their return and laying the foundations for what is to come. This is, to coin a phrase, Old School. Thankfully there is none of the banality that peddlers of cliche ridden stereotypes like Eminem and 50 Cents produce for the chronically hip middle class of America. This is not easy listening if your not into this style of music, like me, but it is hard not to get caught up in its honesty and the pop sensibilities of the samples on offer.

Roman Is As Roman Does, Oversleeping and Gold Teeth Will Roll are perhaps the best places to start as they are the most accessible tracks on offer.
If you want something that will challenge your view, mis-informed or not, of Hip Hop, then this is a good place to start. The guys are touring in the UK and Ireland (and Europe) in October.

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