There's no guitar solos, but plenty of fuzzy riffs and chunky grooves. And the MCee - Nosaj - is so old school: "I can't be confined/I'm livin in my prime/You see I never owned a watch/ But I know the time." And the Dj - Sebastian - is just ill. I mean quick cuts, deep beats, a Miles Davis sample, a Black Sabbath sample, and some crackly,smoked out poetry: "Shallow Senators/False Mouth Honor/Children,man/They're the Losers."
The whole vibe of this album is raw and live, very full of fresh ideas (for 93.)
>>>>To the guy below---Busta Rhymes was rhymin with L.O.N.S. @ 2 years prior to this release. So Busta came first,on record at least. And I don't think Nosaj is biting Busta.... I just think they both have the same energy and agression. But Busta lost his insight into the problems with society; Nosaj presents more political observations and commentary on civilization functioning as one big economic mechanichal monster:
"His gleaming splendor is so magnificent/His gleaming splendor is so insignificant/Your biggest attraction you thought unsinkable sunk/Your biggest attractions defunct."
Keep in mind this was written in 93, Nosaj has a lot of forsight, talking about Mother Nature swallowing Atlantis for not respecting their planet.
Their second album(and final,to date)'Paradise Don't Come Cheap'featured John Medeski on one track, and was a more sonic approach without as much of the upbeat, old school styles presented on 'Heavy Load'. Any rapper who quotes "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar" (The Doors)is down with me!!!
Buy this before its gone. Already OOP.