Review Summary: Dated techniques but fresh execution makes this Colorado duo worth noting
I don’t know what it is about most hip/hop and rap that just turns me away. I enjoy some but it’s not one of my favorite genres in music. I’m no hater, I enjoy some Lil Wayne, Jay Z, 2pac, the Beastie Boys. But I’m not sure if it’s the stereotypes of all of it that turns me away for the most part. Most songs seen to be about how the artist “macked on some honey in the club,” and how so and so is a real OG. In a world where the same rap song plagues radio over and over, it’s nice to have a fresh perspective in the genre.
Enter 3OH!3, a group that seemingly came out of nowhere, gaining a slot on the Vans Warped Tour ’08. I actually missed them while I was there, but a friend informed me of their existence and introduced me to their cd “WANT.” When we listened, I brushed them off as just another hip/hop adventure that ended at the same destination as all the others. But upon further listening, I discovered that there was more to be had from these two guys from Colorado.
The beats and electronics that make up just about every song are actually really good. The distortion that is used really adds a gritty, urban feel to each track. Opener Tapp is an instrumental that lets the listener know what they are in for, showcasing what most of the songs are made of. Almost everything that they utilize has already been done before, but never before has it felt as fun as they have made it. There are record scratches, distorted claps, keyboards, massive bass beats and other staples in the rap genre. But they also use distorted guitar lines, which really throws the listener off, and nearly makes one want to classify them as alternative/punk rather than rap.
The lyrics are relatively cheesy, but the fact that the two members alternate vocals and styles makes the cd sound fresh. Songs like PunkBitch and Don’t Trust Me are creatively done, but still include the same themes of every other artist. Most songs incorporate sing along choruses that just scream for crowd participation. The rhymes are well executed and it seems like these two guys have a real passion for what they do, and know very well what they want to accomplish with this album, which is bringing the fun back to hip/hop. Rich Man has probably the best lyrics and best rhymes in my opinion, and a very catchy flow to the song. The lyrics are usually very humorous as well, almost seeming like the album is a spoof at times.
All in all, 3OH!3 has caught people’s attention, and will only gain popularity, and will have fans from all genres, seeing as the album dabbles in everything, and even includes piano driven songs. The biggest letdown is the fact that there is a lack of originality in most songs, but the group makes up for every negative in fun. So, if you are looking for something fresh sounding and need something to change your outlook on hip/hop, check these guys out.
I’m Not Your Boyfriend Baby
Holler ‘til You Pass Out
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Album Rating: 2.5
Is this really funk? Why is this under funk? Eh...anyways decent review...
Album Rating: 2.5
Pretty solid review for a first as it efficiently states a fair bit in it's 5 paragraphs. It needs a paragraph of lyrical examples though, as most hip-hop albums do.
i donwloaded this album for my GF as a favor... never listened to it of course after 30 seconds into the first song
These guys SUUUCK.
"But I’m not sure if it’s the stereotypes of all of it that turns me away for the most part. Most songs seen to be about how the artist “macked on some honey in the club,” and how so and so is a real OG."
There's looooooooooaaads of hip-hop that isn't like that.
Anyway, don't like what I've heard of this myself.
I love this album.
Good review too.
Dude, you are missing the whole point of this album, "almost seeming like the album is a spoof at times."
really? do you think? no shit its a spoof, that's the point man.
Album Rating: 2.5
this is definitely a guilty pleasure. and yes it seems like a spoof, but these guys execute it well enough for it to be in appreciation as well. Not just to make fun of the genre but to celebrate it... Thanks for the feedback
3.5 I DON'T fucking think so.
This duo is completely and utterly horrindous, and they're not funny one bit. Imagine two stupid middle class white kids trying to be gangster with a hint of wanted humor.
Album Rating: 2.5
YUP YUP PHOTOFINISH!
Its kinda fun if you're in a car full of people during a four hour car ride on the way to an Underoath concert...other than that...not so much...
My cousin was listening to this in his car. He knew every word to every song. Good thing we weren't going very far, it was ****ing annoying.
I covered these guys for my school news paper in Colorado a year ago after they finished warped. They're cool dudes but their music got on my nerves after a month.
This "band" is really annoying
Don't trust me is the only relatively acceptable song on the album
Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off
I'm really not into these guys at all.
Also, the review seems fairly ignorant at times, especially in that first paragraph. Punctuation is also something that could be worked on for your next review.
shitty scene music is shitty and scene
Album Rating: 3.0
I think you have read way too much into this album, but its still a good review.
This album is just a little bit of fun, it's catchy, its basically a gimmick. Just want to correct you slightly on a few things:
'The lyrics are relatively cheesy' - No they ARE cheesy,very much so it actually makes me laugh out loud.
"So, if you are looking for something fresh sounding and need something to change your outlook on hip/hop, check these guys out." - No, this is hip-POP, plain and simple. It's for scene kids out there who want to pretend they are 'gangsta'. Also you have some ignorant views on hip-hop, i suggest you stay away from the mainstream, and you may find some artists with meaningful lyrics, and heavy beats.
"The biggest letdown is the fact that there is a lack of originality in most songs, but the group makes up for every negative in fun." - Some's up whole album, i'll probably give this album a nice 3out of5, because its fun to listen to, but hasn't got any real substance.
Album Rating: 3.5
ha i loved it
starrstruck and cant do it alone are the best!
Album Rating: 4.0
I really enjoyed the album, and I agree entirely with your review.
I find that after two days of having one song on repeat anything can get on your nerves, and this was the case for me with
'Starstrukk'. I'm already growing out of them after only a couple of months, but I love their music and the fact that it's an extreme
exaggeration of everything we love and hate about hip hop/rap. You should definitely give them a chance, it's not nearly as bad
as it seems at first listen.This Message Edited On 01.23.09
While I really don't like this band, I'll admit some of their tunes are catchy...
...until they start singing.
do the helen keller and talk with yo hips