Label: Daupe! - DM-SP-0025 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Numbered Pink • Country: UK • Genre: Hip Hop • Style: Hardcore Hip-Hop
You may know Vic Spencer from his inarguably bad diss track towards Mick Jenkins; please ignore his pointless beef with Mick, it's stupid, and you may know ChrisCrack, or probably you don't. You don't have to know anything about either of these artists to assume that this album is a new approach to their music, since it sounds pretty new period. As far as rapping goes, Chris Crack sounds crazed, like Ol' Dirty Bastard got aged backwards a few years and modulated up a few octaves listen to the hook on "No Biggie".
And Vic spits in a commanding baritone. It's straight up lyricism, an album full of both clever wordplay, and fascinating, engaging weirdness, and a bit of aggression as well. The subject matter is loosely strung together by the persona of Chris Spencer, but it doesn't try to be a concept album, it's Triumph - Robert Service - Robert Service Recites. It doesn't need to be a concept album, it still holds together, mostly because on every track of the project, Chris Crack and Vic Spencer are completely on the same page.
The production, done mostly Whats Saturday - Vic Spencer & Chris Crack - Who The F**k Is Chris Spencer?? Chris Spencer I think, where are the Genius pages? Chris Spencer is a pro with wide guidelines for beat styles, but a distinctive sound nonetheless, something of a Chicago trap take on 90's MPC sampling.
Some songs are purely reminiscent, like "What's Saturday. There's a subtle but important difference, which is that the album doesn't sound like new Chicago rap, it sounds like a member of new Chicago went to and made an album there. A great summary is the track "No Flavors. Chris Spencer has a few major, although ignorable flaws.
It is a bit monotonous, and a few songs sound like they just didn't need to be there "cement"but the worst part of this album is that the features just aren't that good. They're unimpressive, and only Black Sabbath - Forbidden to give the listener a fresh voice. This tape couldn't sustain it's length without some features; It's just a shame there weren't some better ones.
Big Black Bugs - Various - Dope-Guns-N-Fucking In The Streets (Volume 1-11 • 1988-1998), Call It Stormy Monday - B.B. King - Blues Summit, Made Me Yours - André Indiana - André Indiana, Blue Orchids - A View From The City 1980-1991, I Hang My Head And Cry - Ned Miller - Ned Millers Back