Cubbiebear
The Rape


4.0
excellent

Review

by jitteryzeitgeist USER (36 Reviews)
July 29th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Avant-garde hip-hop?

Baltimore native Cubbiebear released a little album called The Rape, and I think it's fair to say that this disc is something David Lynch would release if he were a hip-hop artist.

Far from being a simple "stutter-step plus some stuff" production, The Rape twists up and back through multiple tracks, deliberate overproduction, and sound errors to produce a dense, convoluted mess that you can't help but want to experience.

Let's first talk about the MC, one Mr. Bear. He's got a battle-rap style. So much, in fact, he seems to be in a perpetual battle with the very style that birthed him: He's got a chip on his shoulder about modern hip-hop culture, and takes it to an extreme that I don't think I've heard before. You're not going to find many catchy hooks here, maybe "Contra", instead it's a serpentine progressive series of venom-laced prose intended to destroy anything and everyone. At times, you almost want him to stop for a second and try to rap about something else, but his verbal gymnastics are pretty damn impressive regardless of subject. All the lines come out effortless, coated with Teflon, in a non-stop machinegun delivery that's as seemingly random as the music itself. And as for the music...

I'm not sure I know how to describe the music. It's a slapdash of grinding production noise, samples, beats with no particular root. The only thing that tends to be a constant in the songs are the BPM's, and even then that's not guaranteed ("Dirt"). Lyrics and beats end up joining together as post-production bleeps, blurs, and stutters. You hear samples distorted, scratched on a turntable, sped up and slowed down. The wall between instrumentation and vocalization that's pretty much the standard in just about every music genre is bent, broken, and laughed at. The post work starts to get a bit overwhelming at parts, and it's easy to describe it as excessive, though it's interesting nonetheless. It's the musical equivalent to Aesop Rock's lyrics when compared to other MC's language.

Cubbiebear exists in a strange world: On the razors edge of being an avant-garde hip hop act that rails against hip hop is a truly original situation. There aren't any real head-bobbers on this album, and from several listens I've come to realize that's the point. It's a mish-mash of ideas and dark emotions, all keeping to within a central theme of protest and hate that's as immediate and powerful as it is unique.

As a modern rap album, The Rape fails in just about every category. As a sonic experiment, it's a fascinating listen, and one I can't recommend enough.

In Short: Headf*ck beats, battle rap lyrics, and a seething hatred for commercial hip hop culture as a whole.



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Inveigh
July 29th 2010


25123 Comments


Interesting... I feel like I should check this out, but don't know if it will be up my alley from your description. Cool stuff though, I love when hip hop albums I've never heard of get reviewed. Nice work.

Digging: Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary

bailar12
July 29th 2010


1766 Comments


the name alone makes me want to 5 this

jitteryzeitgeist
July 29th 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BAILAMOOOOOOOSSSS

bailar12
July 29th 2010


1766 Comments


always

[img]http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/46211969/Enrique+Iglesias+EnriqueIglesiasSinttulo2.png[/img]

and a pos for you of course

jitteryzeitgeist
July 29th 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Danke

SwagChef
July 29th 2010


283 Comments


LOL

"rape"

Inveigh
August 9th 2010


25123 Comments


dude how is this guy^ not banned yet

Bulldog
August 11th 2010


3796 Comments


he is, actually

Cognautic
January 9th 2011


17 Comments


I've never heard anything like this album before, and this isn't a hyperbole. No hip hop I have ever heard has had a sound similar whatsoever to the Rape. I didn't enjoy the beats, but I was definitely feeling the dudes concepts. Well, when he wasn't getting too crazy, but I wasn't getting hyped enough so what can I do?

jitteryzeitgeist
January 14th 2011


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He has a new album coming out. I'll be reviewing it too.

BlatantLobotomy
December 2nd 2011


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is a clusterfuck of fucktastically awesome lyricism which doubles as verbal abuse of anyone in its way.

It makes you nervous at the first listen, it makes you want to turn it down, for fear of anyone hearing you hearing it and it's blastingly in your face content, which is made of pure substance.
But all at the same time, makes you want to turn it up to see if there's any secret subliminal messages in it.

The album as a whole, is on a stratospheric level in terms of lyricism and attitude. As for the beats or whatever they might be called, it's like salvia for your ears, and it dumps pure adrenaline into every verse to give you a real feeling of urgency. Even through the dark nature of the album, you feel as though there is a bright light coming through every song to run your shit down like a freight train through an office building.

This album, is a damn freight train doing donuts in the middle of the office building that is mainstream hip-hop.

jmh886
August 13th 2013


869 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They want me tame!



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