The Knux
Remind Me In Three Days


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
December 16th, 2008 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Best Hip-Hop debut of 2008, hands down.

Hurricane Katrina created an unbelievable amount of hardship for a huge demographic. Lives were lost, homes were destroyed, and families were torn apart. Family was the only thing people had left to turn to in the end, the only thing that kept them going. He government was unable to help , so many were left to their own devices. A duo of MCs, who also happen to be brothers, persevered through Hurricane Katrina, sticking together, and becoming more serious in their craft. The Knux, comprised of brothers Rah Almillio and Krispy Kream, came out of Hurricane Katrina with a hunger to make something of themselves. Since then they have signed to a major label, have been seen on Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2008, and have appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and were even seen on an episode of Entourage. The amount of hype around these brothers has been at full power in many magazines and, as a result, the expectations are high. Could they possibly live up to said hype? The answer is yes, very much so.

The Hip-Hop created on this album uses many instruments, such as a guitar prominence not seen very often and also a smattering of bass and also video game sounds (as evidenced in Cappuccino.) The production on the record is impeccable, capturing the elements of throwback hip hop of the early nineties while simultaneously sounding new and fresh. Imagine a mix of Outkast and The Strokes, the drawl of Big Boi with First Impressions of Earth in the background. Sound intriguing doesn’t it?

Songs like Bang Bang and Powder Room are the most infectious songs on the record, mixing a head bouncing beat with interesting rhymes and a catchy delivery. Both brothers delivery is on the deeper side, but display surprising range, being able to rap higher in the choruses. The lack of monotony in the vocals is perfect as it keeps the album from becoming stale or repetitive. The guitar lines are never in danger of repeating themselves either, as each song has a unique riff that is able to sync with the vocals and simultaneously set the right mood for the song, possibly best evidenced in Hush.

That being said, a few tracks tend to miss the mark. Daddy’s Little Girl sounds like a rejected Black Eyed Peas song, with the flow in the verse even conjuring memories of My Humps. which should be subjected upon no one. Wake The *** Up is just plain annoying, and should have been left off the album. There is also a throwaway skit, as are just about all skits on rap albums.

What comes together is a very, very strong Hip-Hop debut by brothers who have a strong foundation to grow on. Remind Me In Three Days… breathes new life into mainstream Hip-Hop, which needed shaking up. This is the strongest debut this year of any rapper or group of rappers, and is in the running for top Hip-Hop album of the year. Any fan of nineties or modern rap will surely become fans of The Knux.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2008


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album has been completely overlooked, when it is one of the best Hip-Hop/Rap albums to come out this year.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 16th 2008


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's pretty solid, nice review. i hope they release another album.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2008


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do too, it looks like they have a very promising career ahead of them

heyseuss
December 16th 2008


384 Comments


This album is NASTAY. Everybody should listen to it. Good review.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2008


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, yeah, this album is just damn good

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 19th 2008


20857 Comments


Really good review Josh... And this looks interesting. That comment of yours saying that the sound is a cross between Outkast & The Strokes has me (to use your word) intrigued!

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 19th 2008


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fyi to anyone that cares, these guys are touring right now.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2008


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks daveyboy, I really appreciate it. Yeah, they are a pretty tight unit.


misearablevisu
December 22nd 2008


6 Comments


He government was unable to help


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Nice review though; I am interested.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 22nd 2008


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

obnoxious

PMS5405C
January 12th 2009


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, certainly got me interested in taking a listen. Can't believe I've never stumbled across these guys.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2009


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They are damn good, no?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2009


17213 Comments


one of the folks at the used cd shop i always go to recommended this to me. this is really good, well worth the 4 dollars.

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Inveigh
January 19th 2010


24968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty good stuff, I finally got around to getting it (my friend's been telling me about them for about a year it seems like). I was expecting a southern version of The Cool Kids but it's much better than that.

lancebramsay
March 8th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is fun. New album should be dropping soon.



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