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4.0 out of 5 stars Is it cos I is white?, 6 Jan 2005
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J. D. Horton - See all my reviews
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This review is from: White People (Audio CD)
I tracked down this album after getting fully hooked on 'the Truth' featuring Moloko, and I haven't been disappointed. Forget the racist slurs of the previous review, looks like the reviewer needs to take the 'irony detection' class at the modeling school.
This album pulls in the broadest selection of guest vocals on any hip hop album I've ever heard. Pretty impressive, and hard to make it gel, but then this is Prince Paul and Dan the Automator, after all. It's an ambitious album, and yes, some of the tracks don't work out that well - but some are epic, like Rock and Roll, which changes direction so often you have to keep checking it's still the same track (or album), and Class System.
Maybe this isn't going to go down too well with the hip hop purists and maybe it will mostly appeal, (as the title hints at) to white boys like me who love the likes of Cat Power and Jack Johnson too, but personally i think it's a keeper.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Hip Hop SHOULD Be..., 26 Feb 2005
This review is from: White People (Audio CD)
Oh my word!! What on Earth is that first reviewer talking about? I doubt the front cover was meant as a racial slur (lighten up...), more of a rebellion against limitations of the Hip Hop image created by marketing. They are breaking the old clichés by presenting themselves as being everything Hip Hop is NOT supposed to be, refined, upper class et cetera... But anyway, on with the review, if an album brings together such an eclectic range of artists and bands such as Franz Ferdinand, RZA, Del, Barrington Levy, The Mars Volta, Qbert and Rahzel (To name but a few...) then you know it's going to be interesting. In the hands of anyone else, such an ambitious project would turn to mush, but luckily Prince Paul and Dan the Automator handle the album expertly, and not only mange to pull it off, but in my opinion, produced THE album of 2004. The album effortlessly combines Hip Hop, Rock, Reggae, Classical and soul flavours which hold your attention throughout. I have played this album to a lot of people and everyone has loved it, whether they are hardcore hip hop heads or not. If you are looking for a Hip Hop album that's a break from the usual 'pimp sipping gin & juice' gangster drivel that has become so tiresome then I can think of no better album that slaps you in the face with it's sheer originality and quality. This album is fresshhh!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Hip Hop SHOULD Be..., 26 Feb 2005
This review is from: White People (Audio CD)
Oh my word!! What on Earth is that first reviewer talking about? I doubt the front cover was meant as a racial slur (lighten up...), more of a rebellion against limitations of the Hip Hop image created by marketing. They are breaking the old clichés by presenting themselves as being everything Hip Hop is NOT supposed to be, refined, upper class et cetera... But anyway, on with the review, if an album brings together such an eclectic range of artists and bands such as Franz Ferdinand, RZA, Del, Barrington Levy, The Mars Volta, Qbert and Rahzel (To name but a few...) then you know it's going to be interesting. In the hands of anyone else, such an ambitious project would turn to mush, but luckily Prince Paul and Dan the Automator handle the album expertly, and not only mange to pull it off, but in my opinion, produced THE album of 2004. The album effortlessly combines Hip Hop, Rock, Reggae, Classical and soul flavours which hold your attention throughout. I have played this album to a lot of people and everyone has loved it, whether they are hardcore hip hop heads or not. If you are looking for a Hip Hop album that's a break from the usual 'pimp sipping gin & juice' gangster drivel that has become so tiresome then I can think of no better album that slaps you in the face with it's sheer originality and quality. This album is fresshhh!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White person, 19 Oct 2007
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Lee Salter (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: White People (Audio CD)
I was given a copy of So... How's Your Girl (their first album) some time before I knew this was released. It blew me away! Humourous hip hop is really, really difficult to do without becoming absurd and often embarrassing. However, here the humour does not impinge on the sheer quality of this album. If you want pure, unadulterated hip hop, this is not for you - there are a few singing songs... but they are good ones!

Though the humour does not impinge on the quality of the album, I have chosen to delete the skits - though they are witty. As with So How's Your Girl, some of the individual are utterly excellent. Are You Down With It rocks, and The World's Gone Mad is an anthem. Lord Finesse's contribution to Rock and Roll (could never hip hop like this) is one of the Funky Man's funkiest moments - his rapping here can hardly be bettered!

If you like chilled tunes and innovative hip hop, this is the one for you. If you don't like hip hop mixed with singing, stay away.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Mix, 12 Feb 2005
This review is from: White People (Audio CD)
I sought out this album after hearing about the excellent back catalougue of the two men involved, namely prine paul and dan 'the automater'. This is a classic concept album that works on many different levels, from the basic beats to the multilayering over vivaldi's four seasons. Not all of the songs work (hence only 4 stars)but on the whole this is a very solid album. My favourite highlight is definetly Rock and Roll, but a song that in my opinion should be put on general release is Breakdown, a smooth lesson in sublime soul.
I think one of the things that will help make up your mind if you wish to buy this album is the fact that the late, great John Peel would have loved it's fresh, innovative sound, and the general eclectic mix of music. A good, fun listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Jun 2014
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A great album that was delivered promptly and played without problems at 30p who could possibly complain! I'll certainly be buying more at this price!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i like it., 23 April 2006
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This review is from: White People (Audio CD)
well, i never do reviews, i usually think there a waste of time, cos either you love something or hate it.....
anyway, i bought this album a few months ago after hearing a few tracks on an amazing snowboard dvd, it went in my cupboard and i forgot about it, digging it out today for a listen.
i have to admit, when i first bought it, i wasnt impressed, the tunes id heard were still shit hot, but the cd didnt do it for me as a whole.
ive listened to it a few times now, and i love it.
its definately a grower, i didnt even hear the second track on the the first listen.
with a list of contributers to make most artists jealous, its an amazing album, even if its a bit unhinged.
i say buy it, you can get it second hand . its gotta be worth a shot!
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