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Brainwash Projects - The Rise And Fall Of Brainwash Projects
|Release:||The Rise And Fall Of Brainwash Projects|
|Media:||[Audio CD] |
|Recordlabel:||Jackson Rubio Records|
- bTwice : 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14
- Pigeon John : 2, 7, 16
- Pigeon John & bTwice : 4, 15
- Great Jason : 9
- Vibe & bTwice : 13
1. The Rise And Fall Of
2. The General Office Clerk's Swing Scene
3. Want For Nada
4. The Daydreamers
5. Goodtime Hotel
7. Dropneck Polo
8. The Fight Song
9. Speeding Porches
11. A Cold Day In Hell
12. Beach Leach
13. Muchas Muchachas
16. Continue (In Korean)
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|Review:||I first heard Brainwash Projects on the Spin This sampler. I
wasn't impressed. They were blatantly hip-hop, an unusual
surprise with all the gangster rap in the market, but their
lyrics were too aggressive. They tried to fit in too many
words, and although they discussed Christian stuff, they
also discussed girls body parts and getting drunk. But the
beat was tight and the melody was cool so I saw potential,
but not future superstars. |
I bought the full album on a whim and was shocked to hear
the maturity. Now they have their own sound and could be
picked out of the Christian hip-hop/rap crowd. This album is
reminiscent of old The Roots and Pharcyde albums.
Incorporating jazz and tight beats, with a quick flow in
their freestyling, the BP's, as they call themselves, are
Pigeon John and B'Twice. DJ Coy does some of their mixing
The first full track brings in a jazzy half step beat.
B-Twice and Pigeon rhyme back and forth about getting played
at the club which sets the stage for the rest of this
lighthearted album. They go on to flow about how Christ has
supplied all their needs in "Want for Nada," a track with
a good breakbeat.
A much better new version of "Goodtime Hotel" from Spin
This is on the album. It was remixed and it does without the
verse that had too many words and non-Christian content. The
addition of background vocals also improved it.
"Powermoves" has good lyrics, but I like the mixing
better. The samples make the song sound like real hip-hop,
not sugar coated Christian rap.
Track eight is a freestyle in which they decide to battle
with a piano background that sounds like Dr. Octagon, who
are the most innovative performers in the industry. They
incorporate many samples in their mix and make up an oddball
combo. The Drunk Kings, friends of the BP's, rip it up on
"Speeding Porsches." The English accent adds a funky but
sweet sound. I would like to hear an album by them alone.
The best track on the album is "A Cold Day in Hell."
B-Twice states his stand for Christ in a unique way:
I rap for the hell of it,
so you can feel the heat.
He goes on to say other plays on words about his walk with
God that reveal the MC spent time on his rhyme. B'Twice
leaves the listener wondering and pondering about their own
The instrumental track on here is cool and I found myself
freestyling to it but some tracks weren't that good.
"Erosion" has a lame beat and instrumentation that would
drive me up the wall. "Muchas Muchachas" was a song all
about "girlies" and "freaks" and left me wondering who
they made that in honor of; it seemed to be put on just to
take up space.
These are West Cost kids, but the album centers on East
Coast hip-hop, not the Gangster rap that tends to be
dominant on the West Coast. "Continue," featuring Sandra
Stephens's, is pure East Coast, Raekwon sounding all the
way. It has a gritty drumbeat and has an eerie melody
reminiscent of a Mafia movie. Stephens' finishing touch is
excellent and it ends the album on a serious note.
All in all, the lyrics are sometimes too wordy and rushed,
but the music is awesome. The nice beats are break oriented,
and their use of symphony and piano show that they didn't
rush most of the mixing. I just wish some songs had no
lyrics, but I like the majority of the CD and recommend it
for hip-hop fans. It's unique and kind of grows on you.
Fans of gangsta' rap need not apply because this is a
lighthearted album. It's just pure, uncut, holy hip-hop.
By Justin W. Jones (3/1/99)
|source: tollbooth.org, added: May 12, 2006|