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No More Heroes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
August 23rd, 2009 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heroes die, but the inspiration to make something better remains.

Criminally overlooked in August, No More Heroes presents a dichotomy of conscious lyricism and infectious pop. Consisting of rapper SwamBurger, vocalists Alexandrah and Tonya Combs, and producer DaViNCi, the Orlando collective brings something entirely groundbreaking to a region saturated in southern rap cliches. From the onset of "Marvel" one does exactly that - marvel at undoubtedly the best track of the year and its eclectic cross-breeding of electronic soaked and uptempo beats, Outkast influenced and densely-literate verses, and the crooning of an indie-diva. This time around, the quartet departs slightly from their strictly socio-political invective of 2006's As If We Exist in favor of more tame (and less audience alienating) material. Make no mistake, SwamBurger gets his point across eloquently and poetically, dropping rapid-fire lines over 6/8 passages and enough titular interpretation to shake a stick at. Indeed, drawing up a dedication to the late Dilla on "Death of the Muse" embodies the very essence of No More Heroes; Chali 2na, J-Live, and Ma Dukes herself lend their presence to an otherwise brilliantly executed post-Dilla joint. This isn't some phoned in dedication cashing in on a dying fad - it's definitely a touching representation of the man's impact on the genre and what artists need to do to channel that inspiration. DaViNCi's role here is paramount, providing multi-sourced productions - horns, soul, The Prodigy reminscient techno of "Gotham City Chase Scene", it's all here.

What is truly amazing about the SoS collective is the simple creative synergy between each quadrant - with indie-pop vocal sensibilities, minor key tonality, and electro boom-bap, sometimes the rapping is merely the icing on the cake. The formula here never gets old, with repeated listens demanded. A lyrically potent, melodic, and danceable piece, make sure to cop one of the best records the year has to offer.



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 23rd 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

As discussed with Iai on the forums, this will probably be in my top 5 list this year.

Iai
Emeritus
August 23rd 2009


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seriously considering this as my #1 album of the year.

Roach
August 23rd 2009


2148 Comments


Might look into this, sounds good I guess.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 23rd 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

do it. tbh, i'm on the verge of it being a 4.5 and a definite #2 record of the year (so far)

scyther
August 23rd 2009


1606 Comments


http://www.solilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52:donate-to-ma-dukes&catid=35:general&Itemid=34

J Dilla's mom is on this just to clarify who Ma Dukes is. It's also prolly the best song on the album.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2009


7026 Comments


This is freaking insane, love it.

sgrevs
August 24th 2009


698 Comments


Sounds good, where can I find it?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 24th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

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essplode
August 24th 2009


92 Comments


Been looking for some quality hip-hop this year, dunno why this is the first that piqued my interest. What else should I be looking out for?

Skyler
August 24th 2009


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This year? Not a whole lot to be honest.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 24th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

in terms of hip-hop: this, Mos Def, POS, UGK, Pax & Pry, Finale, De La Soul's Nike mixtape, and hopefully Royce da 5'9"s upcoming record.

in terms of soul: Georgia Anne Muldrow (my favorite record of the year), Platinum Pied Pipers, Sa-Ra

I feel this year is about equivalent to last year in terms of quality material.

PuddlesPuddles
August 24th 2009


4784 Comments


this is pretty cool

tomr4
August 26th 2009


192 Comments


have it, haven't listened to it yet....but I saw them live a few years ago and it was quite an experience....

klap
Staff Reviewer
August 26th 2009


10494 Comments


sobhi did you like the DJ Quik record? i thought it's up there with the ones you listed as well

i have to check this out

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

HenchmanOfSanta
August 26th 2009


1879 Comments


I'll definitely look into this, but I don't know if I'll be able to find it.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
August 26th 2009


7026 Comments


"Death of the Muse", "Marvel" and "Gotham City Chase Scene" are so good. This has become one of my favorite hip-hop records, more people need to check this out.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
August 26th 2009


2887 Comments


i don't see travis touchdown anywhere on here

Klekticist
August 26th 2009


1259 Comments


hip-hop's not my thing, but i might check this out

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Ghearufu
August 26th 2009


87 Comments


Heh, Mask has played a little No More Heroes for the wii. That would be awesome if they had used something from the game, although it wouldn't have made much sense.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 26th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

haven't heard the dj quik/ kurupt joint rudy, didn't really pique my interest when i read about it. seemed like another "ya hey we're old school, but now we need more money" joint. i'll check it out though.

glad you dug it lucidity, i know you're not the biggest hip-hop aficionado, so that speaks volumes. there's really not a single track i can't stand on here, save for the laughable poetry at the end.



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