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  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B00030EQV6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Beans ~ Shock City Maverick

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Listening to the first track of Beans's Shock City Maverick, "Light of the Damned," is like entering a vast city, an erotic, techno-fuelled city. Self-described as "the Ornette Coleman of this rap shit," Beans is the former MC/producer of the innovative and underappreciated '90s hip-hop group Anti-Pop Consortium. Shock City Maverick, his third and best solo project, finally--and so effortlessly--arrives at the icy techno state his previous projects struggled to reach. So thoroughly electric and synthetic are the tracks that when you hear the droning cello on the instrumental "A Force on Edge," it seems to be a 1000-year-old relic recovered by a team of urban archaeologists. There are no trees in Beans's future city, and the sky is the colour of a television tuned to a dead channel. --Charles Mudede

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Format: Audio CD
Beans, one third of the ground-breaking hip hop outfit Anti-Pop Consortium releases this, his second album. Having originated from a group who pioneered what can only be described as electro hip hop, Beans strives to build upon his achievements and successes and does so incredibly well, enhancing the sound and making it his own. This album is a wealth of creativity, and well worth the late review. In fact, you would be hard pushed to hear anything else quite like this. Standout tracks are 'Down by Law' and 'Blind Driver'.
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This album literally made all my hairs stand on end from start to finish... Beginning, continuing and ending with such an impact that I had to listen to it again, and again, and again.... With tracks such as Papercut, Blind Driver and my personal favourite - Diamond Halo Grenade I can't tell enough people to own this album. The other review here does enough to explain Beans' technical proficiencies, but just in case you need another opinion.........BUY IT. And cherish every last second of it.
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MAD WORDPLAY 20 April 2006
By Jason Harrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The high points of Beans career, in terms of records, happened on Anti Pop Consortium's first album "Tragic Epilogue" and here on his second full length solo effort "Shock City Maverick." Although my greatest rapper list is comprised of freaks and wierdos, this album alone has ushered this man right to the top. Where "Tomorrow Right Now" faltered in terms of being too self-involved in its experimentation, this time around he keeps the beat going even when his voice takes a break, which is more often that you might expect considering the going trend where rappers/emcees are afraid to even take a breath between the chorus and the verse. Seriously, that unsaid rule is as dumb as the rule about making a rap album that's well over an hour long, even if that means that half of it is comprised of skits. Anyway, thankfully Beans refreshes with this 39 minute exercise where all the herky jerky stuff is removed and replaced by layer upon layer of razor-sharp synth lines and ultra funky high paced drum patterns that ironically rarely venture away from the boom-bap (IE: no clear techno or jungle influence), but not for the sake of sacrificing weirdness. This is still esoteric space rap, but this time it feels like the biggest party this crew has ever thrown. Beans vocals are also extremely palatable as he devours the mic like a cyborg vulture, resisting the far extremes of Kool Keith or Busdriver, but finding a middle ground that I suspect both those artists could appreciate if Beans didn't spend most of his time overseas, which you can't blame him for when most American artists don't even get their own joke they are making by feeding such a hillarious stereotype. Seriously, shouldn't 50 know by now that we like him only when he's so goofy that it's not even real anymore? Fans of Kool Keith's Black Elvis persona, or Deltron 3030, should adore this Beans album, and yet somehow I doubt they are even aware, maybe. Oddly I seldom find kinship over my enjoyment of this group, except among neo-jazz enthusiasts (thanks to Matthew Shipp I presume), which is crazy because he comes out like the long lost twin of Rob Sonic on this outing (now that would be an excellent collaboration right there). Anyhow, back to my best-of list. Here are the Hip-Hop albums that have emerged around roughly the last 5 years or so which I personally feel have reached new ground in terms of being very off-the-wall with creativity and abstraction, but still easy to bob your head to: Beans "Shock City Maverick," Aesop Rock "Bazooka Tooth," Rob Sonic "Tellicatessin," EL-P "Fantastic Damage," Dr Dooom "First Come First Served," Del the Funky Homosapien "Both Sides of the Brain," Mr.Lif "I Phantom," Madvillain "Madvillainy," Sole "Selling Live Water," & Dalek "Absence."
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Every song is coming tight 25 Oct. 2004
By Alicia Ruemmele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Seeing Beans at a show in Louisville, I thought that it couldn't get any better for me. But after hearing his newest cd, Shock City Maverick, I am proven wrong. This cd seems more grown-up more exciting and just bad-ass. His is a style that I can't describe. His lyrics seem more complete in this cd and there is more to relate to. Beans, I can definately say is not for the average listener, but if you want a cd that you can really sink your teeth into and enjoy from beginning to end, buy this album.

I think that my favorite song is Diamond Halo Grenade.

Do not be put off by some of his perverted lyrics, they just make him more real. The two instrumental tracks on this album are nothing short of incrediblly solid.

Also I have got a chance to chat with Beans at his show last year in Louisville, and he was really humble and introverted.

We told him that we only came to see him and that his set was soo hot, and he said, "really, you really liked it?" Well, Beans I can say that yes I really liked it and your new cd will be played out again and again by yours truly. Keep doing it.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Hip Hop, steal it if you have to 8 Nov. 2004
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This has eerie production great lyrical performances.This album may make the top 10."Papercut" has a very nice type beat and he goes on a slaughterhouse."Blind Driver" has a cool beat and he kills it."Shades of Glass" is also a nice track."Shock city Maverick" sounds like Freestyle Fellowship circa 1990 and the following track sounds like FF from 1993 that would be "Death by Sophistication". Then comes a sick underground beat that may sound a little Pharell part Prefuse 73 on the track."Down by Law" has a inchanting beat and lyrical display.This album is for anyone who wants to get a rid of the usual rap and listen to some music when you feel like it."Ill meet you" has pure rap lyrics on it and he kills it.You must buy now.

Lyrics 10 Production 10 X Factor 10 Classic 9 Replay 10

Total=10 out of 10 Fingers but it gets 5 mics anyway.These are the greatest beats I heard from this year.

The Top 5 joints

1.Down by Law

2.Shock city Maverick

3.I'll meet you

4.Papercut

5.Blind Driver
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Frijoles 8 Dec. 2004
By Juan87 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When beans left the Anti-pop, i was not sure if it was a good move... whoever, after listening to both post anti-pop releases, i am thoroughly convinced that Beans is the Hip Hop version of the genious that is Prince. His "new wave" sounds truly convert hip hop veterans like my self to be "down by law"!
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