|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
|"We've been dubbed as experimental, but we're just doing what we do naturally," says the crew (Sole, Alias and DJ Mayonnaise) from Cali (originally from Maine, yes Maine) on their first track. I'd dub them as experimental too, but only because they break the stale state of hip-hop into a million pieces. Their flows are smooth and, at times, sound more like spoken-word with a lot of soul. The music is sometimes minimalist, sometimes terrorist, but either way it'll grab your head, shake it up and you can only sit there as the snowflakes fall around your eyes. Don't expect Tupac, Snoop or Tribe to have any influence on the sounds you'll hear from this album. This is some of the most original, abstract, and yes, experimental hip-hop around. - Impact Press