Necro
The Pre-Fix for Death


3.5
great

Review

by djon96 USER (22 Reviews)
October 26th, 2010 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


At the age of 12, when Necro was not dealing pot, he and his brother, Ill Bill played in a death metal band. They later discovered hip hop and the rest is history.

This record is the first to employ a fusion of Necro's invention called "death rap", live death metal instrumentation with rapped vocals. This is not the primary focus of this album, however, as it's primarily hip hop in its sound. When Necro does fuse the two genres, he usually plays most of the instruments himself, but quite a few heavy metal musicians turn up as guests. In fact, the majority of the guests are metal musicians, not rappers: Voivod drummer Away, Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta, multiple members of Obituary, Dan Lilker of Stormtroopers of Death and Sid Wilson of Slipknot.

As you might have gathered, Necro is not the easiest musician to listen to. His lyrics discuss many things ranging from cannibalism and necrophilia to brutal murder, scattered with references to Satanism or Charles Manson (whose voice is sampled on several album skits here and on other Necro albums), and even allusions to the idea of starting a religious cult; the sex-themed raps on this album also tend to be pretty offensive: they're graphically descriptive and borderline sexist. If you're not turned off by these ideas, Necro raps with a thick, gravelly, tough voice that jumps out at the listeners and compels them to listen.

"Hardcore rap" doesn't even begin to describe Necro's lyrics. He's a tough guy from Brooklyn who raps less about himself but about a level of senseless depravity and inhuman ingenuity. Those who might see Necro as an alternative rapper based on this description shouldn't be mislead: the lyrics are nothing but shock value, and Necro even says this himself in his lyrics. There are hints of social commentary, but to define Necro as a conscious rapper would be incredibly pretentious. Some bits from this album do make you think, like the unusually relevant Manson samples, but the album also samples scenes from The Silence of the Lambs and Blood Sucking Freaks.

Underneath Necro's voice, though, the music here is really good. The hip hop tracks are well done and an excellent example of the hands-on, producer-based approach typical of East Coast hip hop. Necro shows his love of exploitation horror flicks by sampling the scores of a number of '70s and '80s cult classics (including a kung fu movie score and Fabio Frizzi's score for Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead) and turns the Scarface theme "Push It To The Limit" into a gore song with guest death metal vocals by Jamey Jasta, screamed over a hip hop beat, sampled horns and a female opera singer. The metal tracks are legit metal, despite the rapped vocals. The many metal musicians that turn up on this album show that Necro really loves and knows the genre.

The entire album is intense, and quite a few of these tracks are actually disturbing, with or without Necro's vocals. Necro's production skills are made even more apparent on the instrumental version of the album. This album is offensive, over-the-top, perverse, insane exploitation horror rap, and it's one of the most extreme things you're likely to hear. This is even played for laughs in a skit featuring a female singer who soulfully sings some of the most profane lyrics you'll ever hear out of a woman's mouth.



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djon96
October 26th 2010


131 Comments


Listen to the instrumental version.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 26th 2010


10663 Comments


This sounds absolutely appauling. I mean, really this sound like utter garbage. Good review though.

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

djon96
October 26th 2010


131 Comments


Yes, keep far away from this if you're not inclined to outrageously offensive lyrics. If the lyrics piss you off, it was its creator's intention.

The instrumentals are great, though.

ffs
October 26th 2010


4884 Comments


isnt that a megadeth album cover

pizzamachine
October 26th 2010


12572 Comments


"death rap"

I bet Duke Nukem would like this (I don't mean the user).

djon96
October 26th 2010


131 Comments


Not quite. Might have been a source of inspiration for the painter. One of the tracks here samples an older Necro lyric which mentions Megadeth, though.

Buccaneer
October 26th 2010


692 Comments


I've heard his Death Rap and it was alright. Might give this a miss though

IRAI
October 26th 2010


1567 Comments


he was on sounds of the underground one year, and he wouldve been better if all the music wasnt just run through the PA.

so people were booing him, so he started dissing them, which was a mistake. he had his set cut short and was booed off stage, whilst trying to be cool by dissing everyone all the way out.

tl;dr: class act.

Urinetrouble
October 26th 2010


5764 Comments


why do you review all this bad horrorcore rap? only good horrorcore rappers really is The Odd Future Crew and Slimshady LP era Eminem

Buccaneer
October 26th 2010


692 Comments


then who else would do it?

SwagChef
October 26th 2010


283 Comments


djon - the new hip hop reviewer

Urinetrouble
October 26th 2010


5764 Comments


Swagsheriffz hes more like the reviewer of bad hip-hop. btw, whats your next review booldizzle?

djon96
October 26th 2010


131 Comments


why do you review all this bad horrorcore rap?


This is great horrorcore.

Also, the Gravediggaz popularized the genre and Esham influenced every single horrorcore rapper working today.

Urinetrouble
October 26th 2010


5764 Comments


Esham and Necro suck period. I'll defend Gravediggaz and Ill Bill cuz he did La Coka Nostra and a record with Muggs but this is just bad. Necro has good beats but he tries too hard to be offensive. Basically, a more comptent ICP

seriously, go to Oddfuture.com and download Earl Sweatshirt-EARL, legally for free

djon96
October 26th 2010


131 Comments


If you listen to any horrorcore, Esham influenced it. He's had more impact on Detroit hip hop than anyone else.

Nothing wrong with ICP. They've got a huge following without any mainstream airplay.

I refuse to listen to any recommendations from anyone who says that Esham sucks.

Urinetrouble
October 26th 2010


5764 Comments


yeah, but still, ICP suck. Crapy flows, bad (really bad voices), and the most obnoxious fanbase on earth. And i don't listen to a lot of Detroit hip-hop. Also are you downloading that album yet?

djon96
October 26th 2010


131 Comments


Well, that's your opinion, though. They can't be all that bad if Ice-T rapped on one of their albums. He's pretty picky when it comes to guesting on other peoples' albums.

As far as Juggalos being obnoxious: Every fanbase has the occasional dickhead, but they're not reflective of the entire fanbase on a whole. Tech N9ne, Chuck D and Coolio are Juggalos, for instance.

djon96
October 26th 2010


131 Comments


I don't think you've met enough ICP fans. Calling any large group of people that you've never met "redneck retards" is really low.

Also, quality of music is subjective. 30 years ago, KISS and Black Sabbath were thought to be really bad by most music critics, but are now rock legends.

Urinetrouble
October 26th 2010


5764 Comments


i think Kiss are crap; opinion doesn't really matter on sputnik sir.

i live in colorado. 60% of people here are juggalos

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2010


7321 Comments


Solid review. Hearty pos.



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