Review Summary: I know some reviews that start out like this...4 of 5 thought this review was well written
Minneapolis natives Marijuana Deathsquads can be best described as an experimental noise group with roots in an array of other genres- from electronica to hip-hop. By simply glancing at their name one may be a bit deterred as the title “Marijuana Deathsquads”, does not conjure up the thought of a ground breaking musical group. Although for those who ignored the rather unique name, and did indeed decide to download their free, sophomore mixtape, well let us just say they were in for a most pleasant surprise.
Marijuana Deathsquads’ second release, “Tamper, Disable, Destroy,” melds the talents of a plethora of skilled musicians, from member P.O.S., whose rapping ability is well known, to Astronautalis, a Minnesota rapper on the come up, to several crafty drummers and producers. The tape takes no time whatsoever to illustrate one of its underlining themes of satire within the intro track “We Do This”, as a fictional female voice is irked at the fact Astronautalis hasn’t responded to any of her texts to which is responds, “…truth be told I wasn’t texting because I was texting too many babes”. Satirical rap is quite difficult to get right( see one “Soulja Boy), although the members of Marijuana Deathsquads on this release wrote some hilariously entertaining lyrics that neither bore nor are ridiculously over the top.
As comical as the lyrics are at times the deliveries from each respected vocalist are quite above average. The production effects make any voice hard to ignore, and rappers P.O.S. as well as Astronautalis, tell some highly captivating stories within their verses. The track “Top Down”, one of the tape’s best, illustrates this point well, as P.O.S. and Astronautalis dictate a man’s worst nightmare, one in which a you are on the unlikely verge of scoring with a beautiful female, only to be interrupted by her angry father. These feel good, funny lyrics, are quite easy to relate to for any twenty something male, the obvious demographic of this work. Once again however, the verses and themes hardly ever vex due to their terrific execution and the lush beats over which they are rapped and or sung.
The seriousness that the lyrics lack is always bolstered too, with some of the most masterfully crafted melodies, beats, and glitches produced last year. So if you are not a fan of this type of parodical rap, do not be discouraged, as the high caliber beats are plenty a reason to listen, and do well to fix any issues that the lyrics may induce. Every single track is sparse with amazingly fresh beats, making the tape as a whole incredibly addictive.
"Tamper,Disable,Destroy," delves into so many different genres it is really quite miraculous that it comes out sounding as good as it does. It is weed rap done right, satirical writing delivered perfectly, and electronica/noise produced immaculately. The fusion of all of these create a highly original reaction of illustrious, mind boggling sounds, making Marijuana Deathsquads’ sophomore effort, “Tamper.Disapble.Destroy”, a true masterpiece.