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The Hour of Reprisal
The Hour of Reprisal
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £9.91

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best underground lps of 08, 31 Dec. 2008
This review is from: The Hour of Reprisal (Audio CD)
Was nicely surprised by this album. Bill's always had an intense flow and way with wordplay but I found this to be his first proper album where his themes and lyrical content matched his skills. Unlike many hardcore rappers he's managed to expand the complexity of his lyrics and narrative without sacrificing a raw delivery. I found his solo debut "what's wrong with bill" to be a bit schizophrenic and lacking cohesion in parts, an album that sounded more like a collection of singles and b-sides.

THOR is way more focused, as the concept attests to (cramming your complete life view into 1 hour). Bill's managed to make an album here that manages to marry the political, thug, mosh and hip hop identities into a great album. Have to give it up for bill for getting such a stellar, not to mention eclectic, list of collabs on this: the first premo beat any NP member has blessed since the almighty "rockstars", "society is brainwashed" is def one of my favourites, with the kind of message hip hop needs more of these days. Others include dj muggs and b-real of cypress hill fame, vinnie paz of JMT, raekwon from the wu, immortal tech and some metal heads im not familiar with. Can't say im a La Coka Nostra fan mostly because the mcs are past it and bill blows all of them out of the water without getting out of bed.

The best thing about this album is first and foremost you feel bill pouring his soul out before appealing to normal hip hop head sensibilities. His outlooks definitely matured since his earlier stuff, epitomised by his treatment of the infamous uncle howie: where he was once brought in as a novelty burn-out on NP skits, here bill shows the battle between love and frustration on "my uncle shoots heroin" and sounds like he cares how howie ends up. Elsewhere "Riya" is a pretty heartfelt sentiment to his baby daughter that eclipses the thugged out nihilism of most other hardcore rappers. Note on the production, defo pretty different from the norm, cant say i felt all of it, esp. the last track, but it's given me more faith in rap metal than anything since the moshpit rmx of enter the dragon. Respect to bill for doing his thing and putting out an album no one else could make.

NB: if you thought the latest JMT release wasn't up to much this might put a smile on your face

Top Buzzer - The Complete First Series [DVD]
Top Buzzer - The Complete First Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Lance
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: £4.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor man's "Spaced", 24 May 2007
OK sitcom, good to see some TV trying to connect with their target audience (stoners/students/yoof) but a lot of the time the nudge-wink references and 2-D characters aren't enough to make it funny. Not as bad as Skins, but if you want a well developed and honest (and WAAAY funnier) look at slacker subculture pick up Spaced - Jessica Stevenson and Simon Pegg's first and greatest project

Dr. Octagonecologyst
Dr. Octagonecologyst
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £5.57

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal stuff, 11 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Dr. Octagonecologyst (Audio CD)
What an album. For something released in 1996 this sounds miles ahead of its time, and still does. Kool Keith raps as his Dr.Octagon persona, adding a medical twist to his usual diet of porn and insanity lyrics. Acclaimed as his best album, his seemingly nonsensical battle rapping is as great and original as ever, with his speedy but watertight flow and sick, cryptic, twisted rhymes ranging from pop culture references, dark and nasty porn/horror imagery and out-and-out weirdness. What really shines on this album is the production however. Automator's trademark futuristic sci-fi style is here, plus the kind of dark, menacing horror samples kinda like KK's other long time beatmaker Kutmasta Kurt. As with most Automator stuff there's nothing repetetive on here, just unique, varied, unpredictable genius that as dark and disturbing as it is sonically impressive, with beats meaty enough to satisfy the most hardcore rap fans. Plus with great cuts from THE best scratch DJ Q-Bert, this is a completely timeless must have album from the darker, weirder end of hip-hop's spectrum.

Mouse & The Mask
Mouse & The Mask
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doom does it again, 8 May 2006
This review is from: Mouse & The Mask (Audio CD)
A slightly surprising combo here, with Dangermouse being one of the slickest producers around whilst Doom's flow and beats always have this rough, raw feel. The pairing works though, as Dangermouse drops some great cartoon inpspired beats and Doom delivers some of his best lyrics yet, being a massive comic book fan in his own right. DM never gets as blingy as he did on the Jemini album, always managing to stay on the right side of over-produced. Admittedly it may not have the weight or originality of say the Madvillain album, but if Doom's a little too heavy for you Dangermouse's beats lighten things up a bit, and vice versa. Whatever you say about Dangermouse he's a very competent producer, and there are some classic head-nodders on here, especially the track with Talib Kweli. Just about essential

Secondary Protocol
Secondary Protocol
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £14.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Stones Throw, 19 April 2006
This review is from: Secondary Protocol (Audio CD)
Really good, by-the-numbers hip-hop from Lootpack mc Wildchild. He's got to be one of ST's best (especially compared to the slightly bland Kazi and Rasco), with an energetic, scrambling flow, mostly delivering fiery battleraps and some concious philosophising. He's backed up with the Jackson brother's production, from Madlib and Oh No. Originally got this on the strength of Madlib's involvement, but while his trademark jazz-sampling is as delicious as ever, its Oh No's bouncy, funky production on standout tack's like Kiana and Wonder Years that best compliments Wildchild's infectious rapping. An essential purchase for any fans of old skool West coast hip hop

Stones Throw 101 [2004] [DVD]
Stones Throw 101 [2004] [DVD]
Offered by reflexcd2 SHIPPING FROM THE UK
Price: £8.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Top hip-hop DVD, 27 Mar. 2006
Didn't really know ST before this, bought it mostly for the MF Doom material after getting Madvillainy. Well, after a couple of viewings I was well impressed. There's a nice range of beats'n'rhymes hip-hop by Wildchild, Rasco and the energetic pharcyde-like Charizma, all elevated by superior production coming mostly from ST head honchos Egon, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Madlib, the latter's skill at jazz sampling being particularly impressive. There are touches of leftfield hip-hop from MF Doom and Lord Quas(Madlib alter-ego) that always have the most interesting videos. Fair play to ST for adding some variety with the awesome jazz/soul/funk band Breakestra, the trip-hoppy Koushik and the frankly irritating Gary Wilson. The extras are good, with interviews (Amongst others Doom himself) live videos, making of the videos, and of course a nice 70 minute ST mixtape constructed by the founder PB Wolf. All in all a great package, especially for those who want some more turntablist-orientated media in a market where decent hip-hop DVDs are usually Live shows or dj exhibitions. So - Get it!

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - The Official Guide
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - The Official Guide
by Klaus-Dieter Hartwig
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential stuff, 20 Aug. 2005
MGS games are the only games I buy guides for because there is so much great stuff you can miss, and this guide shows you ALL of it. I have gotten much more out of this amazing game, from the in-depth cqc guide to the item and weapon locations, to finding out secret bonuses and the frog locations. From a lot of the stuff I would say that the writers may have worked in coordination with the Konami developers. The presentation is flawless, with a clear and detailed index, big maps and extensive strategies for everything from boss fights to Snake-vs-Monkey strategies. Brady games also released an official guide, but I don't think it could be much better than this. P.S. watch out for Metal Gear Solid 3: Sustinence, which is going to be released around christmas and has MSG3 plus loads of extras, like MSG2: Substance.

Bubba Ho-Tep [DVD] [2002]
Bubba Ho-Tep [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Bruce Campbell
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £3.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird, funny, and surprising, 3 May 2005
This review is from: Bubba Ho-Tep [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
On the face of it this film has one of the most dodgy plots ever: Elvis(Bruce Cambell) is secretly living out his old age in a bad texas retirement home, where his best friend is a black man claiming to be JFK. The old people start dying and it transpires that an ancient egyptian mummy (dressed as a cowboy???) is sucking the oldies' souls out of their rear ends. So Elvis and JFK team up with Zimmer frames and wheelchairs to defeat the creature. The film is strangely ponderous, with Elvis philosophising about his life quite a lot. But when the humour does come it is hilarious, especially the one liners provided by JFK. If you like this kind of heavily tongue in cheek humour and performances you'll really enjoy the film, but avoid if you want a predictable slasher movie. Give it a chance though and you'll love it.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GameCube)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GameCube)

22 of 98 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo need to get a grip, 6 Jan. 2005
This is the kind of thing that is bringing Nintendo's sales down. They have imported a 2D GBA game to the gamecube and sell it at full price. Not only is the game repetetive, but it doesn't stretch the GC's potential in anyway. With Halo 2, Fable, Ratchet and Clank 3, Killzone, Half-Life 2, and all the other consoles churning out superb games that push their machines and gamers, Nintendo revert to "retro" games. Its lazy and its trying to squeeze a licesce for all its worth. Why do they develop paper mario, mario party, mario golf, when all people really want is a great Mario platformer. I love the Zelda games, but this is just cheap and lazy, and overly priced. Give us a new 3D Zelda game and we'll all buy it and Nintendo will be happy and we'll be happy.

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