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The Torture Papers [Explicit]

21 Mar 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 21 Mar 2006
  • Label: Babygrande Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 Babygrande Records
  • Total Length: 51:29
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B001HC0A00
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,605 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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By Tim cole on 2 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
Wow,what an album.For me this is the best hip hop album in a long long time.The only albums of recent times to even come close are Circle of the tyrants and Heaven Razah by Hell razah.The worst tracks on this album are still great and although not my favourites are still strong.A supergroup of underground mcs going back to back with hard wordplay over some great beats with catchy chorus' and real versatility.Chief Kamachi is a monster on this album with I think the best lyrics containing the most controversial content and he makes breath contol into an art(see King among kings)Vinnie Paz,Celph titled,Apathy and Outerspace all really bring it too.Highlights include:Henry the eighth,Feast of the wolves,Listen up,Narrow grave and the afforementioned King among kings(which contains a great sample out of Twin peaks:Fire walk with me).This is as good as hip hop gets and is boom bap style hardbody material for the underground initiated.Quite simply brilliant and to quote Celph titled "Cos' I'm the type to slice the skin on your back off-Come back,a week later and slice the mother FU***ng scab off"
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James on 23 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What an album! if u like jedi mind tricks get this u can't go wrong best albm of 2006 so far (until secret society finally drops of course!)...... JMT !
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Hard and unadulterated hip hop 23 Mar 2006
By ctrx - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Army of the Pharaoh's collaboration album "The Torture Papers" features a large number of talented MCs and a great producer brought together for a very rewarding album. I had not listened to many of the rappers featured here before this album but bought it based on the recommendation of a friend and was very impressed. AOTP always provides hard, grimy lyrics over fitting gritty beats. Their style of horrorcore rap sometimes evokes an early Wu-Tang project, sometimes sounds like an old Mobb Deep, but is always original. All the MCs have very tight chemistry and work well together. Their delivery is precise and original. "The Torture Papers" is definitely worth a listen, especially because it is very different than what's on the radio.

The album begins with "Feast of the Wolves", a good first track because it shows everything AOTP has to offer, with grimy, threatening lyrics and a focused, matching beat. The same could be said about "King Among Kings". "Battle Cry" is a standout song. It is an all-out crazy rap with nine contributors and a great beat with violins and bass. "Gorillas", an anthem with nice violin, keyboards, and voice samples, is one of my favorites for the great lyricism and hook. "Henry the 8th" has a crazy spinning beat. "Pull the Pins Out" and "Tear it Down" feature revealing and characterizing verses. "Into the Arms of Angels" is very noteworthy because it is the only toned down track on the album. They take a break from the murder rap and talk about some relationship problems, it's great. The title track has a guitar rock-style beat and lyrics on par to the rest. "Listen Up" has a hard hook and a great murder rap. One of my favorite beats and hooks is found on "All Shall Perish". "Wrath of the Gods" and the downbeat "Narrow Grave" round off the collection strongly. My favorite rappers on the album are probably Apathy and Celph Titled, but they all do a great job.

"The Torture Papers" is a very strong, well rounded, and complete album. It's got everything you'd hope for from such a talented supergroup, and hopefully it will receive the exposure it deserves. I recommend it even to people who haven't experienced much underground hip hop because it's very accessible, strictly real and lyrical hip hop.

Here's the tracklist:
1. Battle Cry
2. Gorillas
3. Henry the 8th
4. Pull the Pins Out
5. Tear it Down
6. Into the Arms of Angels
7. The Torture Papers
8. Listen Up
9. All Shall Perish
10. Wrath of Gods
11. Narrow Grave
12. Feast of Wolves
13. King Among Kings
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very solid AOTP first effort 22 Mar 2006
By Gozer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There's been a steady buzz in the underground about this album since the first track, "Battle Cry" started making the rounds. As a fan of most of the artists affiliated with Army of the Pharoahs, I was a little disappointed -- with nine emcees all dropping braggadocio over a fast orchestral beat, "Battle Cry" sounded a lot like an internet collaboration.

But the album gets better as it progresses, and by the second half the group seems warmed up enough to produce the kind of sounds they're capable of.

The roster consists of Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Ceph Titled, Chief Kamachi, 7L & Esoteric, Crypt the Warchild, Des Devious, Faez One, King Syze, Planetary and Reef the Lost Cauze.

Thankfully, AOTP goes with three- or four-man line-ups after the first track, and although some combinations are better than others, the results almost always work. The fourth track, Pull the Pins Out, was the first to get my head really nodding. Celph Titled features prominently on this track, with a verse that mostly works as a celebration of creative violence and heavy weaponry. "Into the Arms of Angels" is one of the few cuts with a soft beat, with sweeping strings over a guitar sample and reflective rhymes, which is a nice switch-up in between the aggression of the tracks around it. Chief Kamachi kicks off three of the tracks, most notably "Narrow Grave," where his grimy voice and a bouncy vocal sample balance out perfectly. The line-up works too -- King Syze and Planetary follow with equally dope verses, and Paz provides a catchy hook. For fans of Violent By Design, Paz seems to return to his Ikon the Verbal Hologram style on Feast of the Wolves, and "Tear It Down" sounds like a classic Jedi Mind banger with a chopped beat, scratches and blazing verses from Lost Cauze, Paz and Crypt the Warchild.

After a few listens, I realized something was missing -- Stoupe is nowhere to be found on this record. Maybe that was his choice, but if it wasn't, I don't know how a group of emcees with access to arguably the best underground producer can even consider an album without him.

The absence of Stoupe and a handful of sub-par tracks keep this album from being perfect, but it's still a great listen and better than the vast majority of what passes for hip hop these days.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Get it right now!!!, you will not be sorry 3 April 2006
By 50 cent sucks - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm not really sure, what these guys are saying, let alone doing, only giving this album 1 star out of 5. i give this CD 4.5, But back to the review. When i put this in my CD player, at first i felt a little let down. Because of course there was such high expectations for the album, and when i noticed that Stoupe wasnt on the tracks i had some biased opinons about the other producers on it. But im telling you, after two-three plays of the CD, it grows on you like cancer. all of the emcees put their heart into it, and you can feel the heat on almost all of the tracks, i admit Esoteric's voice does get a little annoying but his raps are still nice, im not a hater, but that is only one ecmee. The dude that is saying Celph is wack and off beat couldn't be more wrong, first of all, Celph is a punchline rapper, which is a great thing because he is on tracks with a rapper like Plantary, and it blances out since Plan works more on flows. Celph makes you listen more closely to the song, because every line has a horrible/funny punch to it. Chief, comes with the real Biblical flows, just like on "Deer Hunter" on VBD, and Des Devious vioce sounds a lot like Kamachi's but you can tell them apart but their style of rapping. King Syze is like a Big Pun with the fast lyrical skills, Apathy also has great punch lines. Crypt,Plan and Reef have the steady NaS like flows, that are amazing. Faez One is only on one track, but he shines. And any one that says Vinnie is wack I hope you die right as those words come out of your mouth. Vinnie brings it all together. the anger in his voice is crazy, i swear i almost fell out of my chair when i heard his verse on "Feast Of The Wovles", and "King Among Kings." I believe that both those tracks should be on Violent By Design. and not to leave out the producers, some are from Europe. And this CD is a great way for them to get an American fan base,, because they really come thur, I mean they are not Stoupe or anything, but they tried their best to have the same type of horror beats. and i give them an A on the production. So go an buy it right now!!!!!! support real hip hop.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the best for 2006 3 Jan 2007
By Vorrtexx - Published on
Format: Audio CD
No doubt one of the best hip hop albums I listened to in 2006. Majority if not all of the album is battle raps, wid some tight metaphors. From the time I got it until now it's been in my CD changer and I don't intend to take it out anytime soon. Every single beat on this album is hot, if you doubt me check out 'Gorillaz'. I played it over five times when I first heard it. In my opinion the emcee that really stands out on this CD would definitely have to be Celph Titled but don't get me wrong ES comes real hard to, as well as Apathy. Vinnie Paz comes with his classic battle style, brilliant as usual but he didn't catch me as much as the others. Another great song is 'Into The Arms of Angels'. I love the way they use samples, and the types of samples they use are nothing like the ones you'd hear 9th Wonder using. These samples make the beats sound like a twist between alternative and rap, a real nice sound. This album is definitely worth checking out, add it to your collection and elevate ya mind.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Army is coming (3.5 Stars) 10 July 2006
By LT Twalo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There is something about a Posse album. I think the idea has perhaps not been exploited enough. I remember the fisrt time hearing 36 Chambers. Before I even knew the names of Clan members. It was like an aural assault with so many different styles and personalities fighting for the mic.

In many ways this album reminds me of that. Light on concepts and heavy on battle raps, its like each artist knows they only have twelve bars to impress and they are determined to make the biggest impact before they pass on the MIC. "Battle Cry is the finest example of this as the dozen or so MC's try to outdo each other for 6 minutes.

The beats on the album provide the perfect backdrop for this lyrical assault. All the MC's represent but there are a few standouts; particularly Celph Titled who commands attention on the MIC with his voice & obliterates the MIC with his off the wall metaphors and breathtaking delivery. Chief Kamachi, Reef & Apathy are also on form here.

admittedly, having this many MC's on the album is its strength and also its biggest weakness. Some will enjoy it (like myself) while others will be turned off by the fact its all battle raps.
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