|MH-204 So-Called Artists - Paint By Number Songs
So-Called Artists. Their full-length release, Paint By Number Songs features twelve tracks of biting emo-rap, alt-rock production and crisp turntablist work. The overall feel is dark, brooding, and aggressive, as Anticon emcees Sole and Alias tackle subjects ranging from the depression caused by signing their music away, to the perils of war. Weak drum presets are no where to be found as the production is handled by Alias and Dj Mayonnaise in their trademark goth-hop style. Paint By Number Songs has an edge unlike any other Mush release, and is one of the rare hip-hop full-lengths where all tracks are of equal caliber.
|Oh, hell yeah. Just cause it ain’t about being dope, that doesn’t mean its not strong medicine - AP / This is some of the most original, abstract, and yes, experimental hip-hop around - Impact Press / It’s now s**t - Your Flesh / Turn it up - Ammo City
|While the whole Anticon honky rap collective is baffling to nerdy critics still trying to fathom Eminem as an emcee and not just a pop star, So-Called Artists at least have some perspective. Powerfully aware of their postmodern presence, MCs Sole and Alias don't want to be down as much as heard; for them, abstract Beat-poet verses are just as likely to be a track as are smoker's throat barked rhymes. DJ Mayonnaise's DJ Shadow-esque beats don't get into corny rock samples, but instead traffic in jungle clumps and double bass, which, while perhaps predictable, seem natural for kids raised on DJ Premier and indie-rock. While the rapping verges on babbling (and why the hell shouldn't it?) Sole and Alias do strike gold: "I hope there's a God because apparently the world doesn't revolve around me." Oh, hell yeah. Just cause it ain't about being dope, that doesn't mean its not strong medicine. - Alternative Press