brokeNCYDE
Will Never Die


3.5
great

Review

by Nathan Flynn CONTRIBUTOR (69 Reviews)
February 5th, 2011 | 106 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Take another hit and let the haters hit

When BrokeNCYDE first appeared on the scene in 2006, they were a subversive, profane group that drew criticism from pretty much all of America. Their “crunk-core” label represented uninspired tweenage rebellion simply because they were louder and cruder than any other group. Fast forward four years and lesbianism and stripping are the key to a radio hit. As a result, BrokeNCYDE have had to change gears and have released, essentially, a good pop album.

People may not agree with calling BrokeNCYDE pop but a change in mainstream sound has made them sound generic. Their heavily autotuned vocals are now commonplace and lyrics like “I could play with titties all day long,” while still awful, are a lot less rebellious than it would have been previously. Even their screams, to appeal to the scene crowd, can be heard on the radio, as A Day to Remember and Escape the Fate are now receiving airtime. While they used to be immature teens, they’ve now cut back on saucy lyrics to appeal to a larger crowd. The shift in the focus of the pop gen”re has not only helped this album sound better but has also allowed BrokeNCYDE to grow as a band.

Not only have the lyrics seen growth and maturity, Se7en’s vocals and Antz’s beats have also seen marked improvement. Se7en used to be the whipping boy of BrokeNCYDe. His lyrics were abysmal, his screams grating and his rap devoid of flow. On Will Never Die, Se7en’s screams still lack proper technique but are actually listenable. The breakdown on “Always Go Hard” features some of his best work yet. This breakdown also highlights Phat J’s synthesizers, which have a seizure-like quality that could work only in this breakdown. Even Se7en’s rap has shown good growth since I’m Not A Fan… with “High Timez” being a highlight. Antz’s reggae inspired beat is slow and paced perfectly for the theme- smoking weed. This is when Se7en sounds his most comfortable spitting as he isn’t good enough to handle a fast beat. Because rap isn’t the focus of the album, this serves as a good change of pace in the middle of the record and Daddy X’s cameo is much appreciated. Overall, Antz shows good variety with is beats and never takes the spotlight off of the vocalists.

The weak link of the group is Mikl. Mikl does very little to help the album, his lone contributions are the choruses of certain songs. The choruses are straight out of a 3OH!3 song, Dis Iz a Rager Dude is one of the few tracks that actually recalls old BrokeNCYDE as a direct result of the chorus. However, his use of autotune is part of what gives this album a pop feel, so his work is appreciated, albeit less so than Se7en.

Overall, BrokeNCYDE is no longer the worst thing in music. Their growth over the course of a year is remarkable, especially considering that only a year ago they were making the much maligned video for their song “Freaxxx”. While some songs still recall old BrokeNCYDE- “Kama Sutra” in particular- there is a distinct departure from their former offensively raunchy lyrics. The screams that used to be overly aggressive and in-your-face have now chilled and have improved technically. This album could well be the renaissance of the group.
Recommended Tracks- High Timez, Always Go Hard, Watcha Want



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Counterfeit
February 5th 2011


17819 Comments


wut

FatChickIrl
February 5th 2011


4096 Comments


lol

ffs
February 5th 2011


4883 Comments


are you really from da hood

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2011


9064 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not really

wyankeif1337
February 5th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

wut

iFghtffyrdmns
February 5th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Interesting....

In my honest opinion, I don't think any of this band's records even deserve to be reviewed...I've heard enough of them to know that they are terrible disgraces of music. It's just interesting to see a pretty positive review on here that was also pretty well written.

Although I completely disagree with the rating and even the very fact that this is getting attention at all, nicely written review.

FatChickIrl
February 5th 2011


4096 Comments


lol is this review srs?

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2011


9064 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It actually is serious

FatChickIrl
February 5th 2011


4096 Comments


Its well written but the points you use to say how they are better then before and have matured are easily debunkable

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2011


9064 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not really, just listen to the album

Counterfeit
February 5th 2011


17819 Comments


song titles

FatChickIrl
February 5th 2011


4096 Comments


exactly

FadeToBlack
February 5th 2011


11034 Comments


they dont prove anything

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2011


7318 Comments


When BrokeNCYDE first appeared on the scene in 2006, they were a subversive, profane group that drew criticism from pretty much the entire nation.

Which nation?

Digging: Portishead - Dummy

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2011


9064 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

America, didn't even consider people from other countries reading this

FadeToBlack
February 5th 2011


11034 Comments


ugh

americanmusicmachine
February 5th 2011


3953 Comments


good review man.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2011


9064 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks brah

vanderb0b
February 5th 2011


3473 Comments


Good review, interesting to see a relatively positive write-up for this album.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 5th 2011


10619 Comments


Review is regretfully not bad.



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