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4.8 out of 5 stars
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on 4 July 2016
Great album full of twisted rhymes and mostly dark beat production.Faves are last good sleep and 8 steps to perfection,i would recommend giving this a listen if you like underground/independent hip hop.
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on 4 January 2018
Love this album. Must have for real hip hop heads.
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on 25 June 2013
What a great album by a great band its a mystery why they aren't more well known. Saw them in London on their reunion tour. Amazing.
GET THIS CD.
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on 3 December 2014
The best Underground Rap Album of all times...
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on 8 May 2016
Excellent service from this seller 10/10
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on 7 April 2003
Beleive me when I say you need this album. Probably my all time favourite album... its just that good. A landmark and truely original underground album. Its dark, raw and down tempo, funky and jazzy in places. Everything about this album is dope (even the cover art). El-P and Big Juss are excellent emcees (check out El-P on "Last Good Sleep). Other standout tracks include "8 Steps To Perfection", "Vital Nerve" and the "The Fire In Which You Burn" by the Indelable MCs (Co Flow, Juggaknots & J-Treds). Basically, go and buy this now.
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on 20 February 2001
Possibly the least commercial rap album ever, Funcrusher literally slams you around the room on first listen and still has the power to stun after your tenth. i played to a dr. dre fan when i bought it and he could only listen to 1 minute before concluding that i was a bit heavy for him. be warned this album is very uneasy listening and is up there with dr octagon and scaramanga as the best albums to ever come out the hip hop underground
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on 14 June 2006
ha this is for heads who can appretiate abstract beats and flows and can manage to understand crazy metaphors el_p the rapper/producer is and underground legend and has now got his own label with real artists but back to this album it has like a alien feel like marsian ghetto music and unique and diverse in so many way you have this other dude bigg jus who.s flow is the illest out of the two and dj mr len providing a few cuts i only got this back in 2003 and still bang out and vital nerve and 8 steps to perfection are personal faviroutes this is not for ya candy shop, crunk fake rap types only true b.boys will feel this dark and abstract beast ,a ground setter for alot of the left side underground material out now !!
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on 1 March 2003
Appearing like a bolt from the blue in 1997, 'Funcrusher Plus' single-handedly reignited this reviewer's passion for hip hop music. Shying away from the gunz, girlz and dollaz style of gangsta rap and the pop / rap crossover disaster that the likes of Will Smith bring to the table, Company Flow managed to create something entirely new with their debut album.
The LP begins with the promo recording of 'Bad Touch Example', which was recorded in 1995. To think that the track is nearly ten years old is bewildering, because it sounds like it could be released in a thousand years time. The track highlights the confident wit that Company Flow would exhibit for an all-too-short time, "I practice exposing perfection like Rikki Lake expose white trash." and later, "You wanna battle, it's better to look in the mirror and say Candyman five times." The fact that there are another eighteen tracks following this remarkable opener is a mouth-watering prospect.
For the run-of-mill MC, wit involves some kind of 'hilarious' skit dissing one or more of his peers. There are many other examples of this clever wit that Big Juss and EL-P provide the album with. Not so for Company Flow, EL-P and Big Juss are genuinely amusing, "Got manners like Bruce Banner when he's stressed", EL-P quips on the awesome '8 Steps To Perfection'. Later on 'Definitive', EL-P tells us, "I'm convinced future MCs are sending robots back in time as we speak / to kill my mother before I'm born."
However, it isn't just the peerless MC performances of EL-P and Big Juss that make this an outstanding album. DJ Mr Len is simply breath taking behind the decks. His cuts on 'Lune TNS' make it one of the stand out tracks, and on an album devoid of anything close to mediocre, that is some achievement. Equally, Len's scratches on 'Tragedy Of War' make the track a haunting piece of hip hop.
The production duties are shared, but EL-P is responsible for the lion share. Despite how good the lyrics and cuts are, it is often the production that stands out. The heavily eastern-influenced, 'The Fire In Which You Burn' with its mangled sitar is remarkable. Meanwhile, 'Collude / Intrude' sounds like it was produced aboard the Mir Space Station. The track is a call to overthrow major record labels, especially Time Warner and EL-P can't resist a dig at Will Smith, "F**k Time Warner and it's affiliates for running that Big Willie s**t / leave those fancy clothes up to the Pope." EL-P doesn't only pick an easy target for his barbs. On the freestyle '89.9 Detrimental' he announces to any listening MCs, "I'll ignore you selling crack, killing people and keeping it real / but disrespect me and my adopted fam and die young like veal."
This album won't be for everybody, if your idea of good hip hop is, "corny beats and crowd involved hooks" (EL-P on '8 Steps To Perfection) then this probably won't be for you. If however, you like taking a chance and listening to something entirely innovative and intelligent then 'Funcrusher Plus' is a must-buy. 'Funcrusher Plus' is a very, very special album.
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on 3 December 2001
The debut album from New Yorks Company Flow saw the beginning of the hip hop revolution. Lyrical content,production and all over image moves towards a new era of futurism. Heavy,dark beats teamed with tight emceeing takes the listener into the paranoid minds of El-P and Bigg Juss whilst Mr.Len rips it on the decks. This album has to be one of the greatest hip hop albums ever with classics such as '8 steps to perfection' and the mindblowing 'Collude/Intrude' featuring J-Treds. El-P's production is legendary, starting the legacy which has led to Cannibal Ox(the greatest hip hop act of all time.)Listen to Company Flow , listen to Cannibal Ox, start the legacy here.
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