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Radioinactive, The Akashic Record
Flying Carpet Studios, April 30

05/17/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The fact that there are no Amazon customer reviews yet for this one belies the fact that this L.A.-based Egyptian-American rapper/producer does have something of a rep, having been part of Log Cabin during the ’90s with Murs, the eternally optimistic undergrounder. But people don’t exactly rush at every chance to wrap their cerebrums around deliriously quirky hip-hop, especially when the flows don’t always match up well with the beats. He’s at his best when he’s experimental, like during “Trunk,” which throws a metronomically correct sample of an elephant’s trumpeting against a devil-may-care flute-and-guitar ditty that could be the national anthem of slackerdom. And Middle Eastern sounds, don’t forget the Middle Eastern sounds, even if they might sound like they’re out of central casting in spite of his trademark you-are-there realism (it does sound like he and his boys actually were doing some bro-mantic roaming around Iran in one skit, but I’m a pretty easy guy to BS). To make matters more non-notable, nearly all his flows consist of mid-tempo word-association claptrap, like your little brother trying to impress the new exchange-student chick (the only breath of rapid-fire air comes from Busdriver in “Gypsy Shoe”). B- —Eric W. Saeger
 






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