|MH-228 Circus Vs. Andre Afram Asmar - Gawd Bless The Faceless Cowards
Gawd Bless The Faceless Cowards counters the left of left-field raps of Circus (head honcho of the Shapeshifters) with Andre Afram Asmar’s elaborate, dub inflected world-beats. The results collage the socially relevant tones and playfulness of daisy-age hip-hop with the otherworldly word and sound barrage of space-rap. Asmar’s bed of glitchy, expertly processed rhythms pulse and flow as Circus' stream of consciousness lyrics dissect religious dogma, political power struggles, alien abductions, reptilian invaders, doomed relationships, and sucker MCs. A true collaboration, both artists veer slightly from their established forms to produce this strange and often hilarious joyride.
|This is an ambitious, highly intelligent record - Metro.Pop / Highly recommended - In the Mix / Very Compelling - Impact Press / Better than any other anti-Bush record this year - CMJ / Circus's most accessible release to date - Exclaim! / A mind-bending lyrical and musical journey - Tucson Citizen
|Circus vs. Andre Afram Asmar present “Gawd Bless the Faceless Cowards,” a jarring production of politically-charged experimental hip-hop and alien worship. These kids write some impressive lyrics dealing with the complex problems of social conformity and how to be a patriot without being a mindless drone. This is not hip-hop to get the party started, but it’ll give you a lot of food for thought, so check it out. Plus, these guys love aliens, so what’s not to like about them? - Stanford Daily