The Doppelgangaz
HARK


3.5
great

Review

by oltnabrick USER (23 Reviews)
March 14th, 2013 | 819 replies


Release Date: 03/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Doppel leads the horse to the trough.

If you feel like modern hip-hop could use more boom-bap, Hark, the third album by the ghastly duo, The Doppelgangaz, will satisfy every last one of your boom-bap desires. On The Doppelgangaz third full-length album, Hark, the duo of MC/producers, Matter ov Fact and EP, create beats that give off dark and grimey soundscapes and rap over them with great skill and finesse.

If you are familiar with the previous Doppelgangaz albums, 2012: The New Beginning and Lone Sharks, you probably know that both MCs, Matter ov Fact and EP, will often refer to themselves in third person, and spit lines like, “He got cirrhosis of the liver from the 80 proof, folliculitis make his neck look like a Baby Ruth”. The Doppelgangaz have finally perfected this approach to their sound on Hark. The Doppelgangaz lyrical approach is also rather unusual. Many of their lyrics tend to lean on the grosser and darker side of the lyrical spectrum; “chode smell” and “we’re all going to hell in a hand basket” are just a couple of the dark and somewhat strange lyrics on Hark. Despite being serious most of the time, the duo can be fairly humorous with their lyrical approach and wordplay and throw in a funny line here and there; comparing a girl’s face to Alvin Gentry and she is also “the type of girl that you might fist accidentally”. The Doppelgangaz rap about the things that they do in their everyday life, whether it’s about getting food, doing drugs or the hardships of life in New York. Lyrics like those are what separate The Doppelgangaz from most other rappers in New York. The ghastly duo are able to do something with their lyrics that most rappers only dream about doing; they are able to be serious while incorporating a comical approach without sounding forced and abrupt (not unlike the Wu-Tang Clan on their debut).

The beats on Hark might as well be straight out of RZA’s long lost “Unused Vault of Beats”. These beats paint pictures of being in an underground, graffiti covered, dimly lit tunnel on a cold night. Beats like these haven’t been created since RZA produced GZA’s Liquid Swords in 1995. Dusty, atmospheric, spacey beats cover the entire 37 minutes of this album, save for a few skits and samples here and there.

What makes Hark so impressive is that they are able to use the grimy 90s rap style and put a modern twist on it. Hark is 37 minutes of straight classic underground boom-bap rap music. The dusty beats, the unique flows, and the strange lyrical approach are all a part of what makes Hark so great and why an album like this is needed in the current hip-hop scene. The Doppelgangaz aren’t trying to bring the 90s boom-bap style back but rather proving that it was never gone in the first place by breathing new life into the style.



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oltnabrick
March 14th 2013


31297 Comments


stream or buy here:

http://thedoppelgangaz.bandcamp.com/album/hark



this album is incredible.

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Calc
March 14th 2013


12300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I should prolly listen to this.

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oltnabrick
March 14th 2013


31297 Comments


yeah its great. its my aoty right now

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2013


50869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will check out

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oltnabrick
March 14th 2013


31297 Comments


yeah you would dig it

Hep Kat
March 14th 2013


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

eh

demigod!
March 14th 2013


45005 Comments


i gotta check this i love the tracks i've heard so far

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BigPleb
March 14th 2013


37584 Comments


Demi :D

daIceman
March 14th 2013


404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think a bit overrated by this review. It's not creative enough or pushing forward hip-hop LP

PaddyPooHead
March 14th 2013


367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This didn't grab me like I thought it would, but I'll listen to it a few more times

Keyblade
March 14th 2013


15225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

album is awesome. love how u couldn't resist a madvillainy reference oltdogg

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oltnabrick
March 14th 2013


31297 Comments


Ye haha I had to

EaglesBecomeVultures
March 15th 2013


5269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

chuch

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oltnabrick
March 15th 2013


31297 Comments


On the Rag has has like the best beat

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2013


6188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

if this doesn't sound like wu omg i will be so mad at you

oltnabrick
March 15th 2013


31297 Comments


Beatz and lyrics remind me of Wu

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 15th 2013


4951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's like wu-lite but the vocals are worse. dece beats

FourthReich
March 15th 2013


18061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

both beats for brothels were better than this, it felt a bit underwhelming honestly, but I dig it nonetheless

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oltnabrick
March 15th 2013


31297 Comments


the beats for brothels were just beat albums tho

i might like this more than Lone Sharks, im not sure yet

FourthReich
March 15th 2013


18061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

meh whole wide world is their best track and it's on bfb2



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