Milo
I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here


4.0
excellent

Review

by StrangerofSorts STAFF
November 1st, 2011 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stare into a mirror.

When you think "rap" or "hip-hop", what comes to mind" Aggression, arrogance, self-delusion, vanity and a lack of depth" You wouldn't be alone, I held that view a few days ago. Even for die hard fans of the genre, this view should be entirely understandable: we live in an age where one man's self flattery can be placed amongst all the masterpieces history has to offer us. It says a lot when a man with the power to change this view is unheard of.

The title should make it clear that this LP is deeply personal: a window into a proud, troubled, introverted mind, one which should relate to a significant minority of people reading this review. Milo is a man who doesn't feel as if he has a place in this world, who struggles to deal with the death of a dear friend and lashes out at the social norms that he feels are pressuring him. Though every line he spouts is painfully self aware, self deprecating, giving the impression that Milo is viewing himself in the third person. This cynical approach to himself makes his off-hand comments towards others more accessible and acceptable, it's clear that this is not a man who's trying to gain personal prestige by belittling others. So when he does attack advertisers and the hip-hop norm, it's suddenly different than your standard scene-kid laying his arms out wide before his peers. It certainly helps that Milo slips in these jabs with a warming, sarcastic style: "I'll arbitrarily pronounce myself as the best rapper of all time/ without consulting any of you other rhyming guys".

This revolutionary side to Milo, however, is the least important in the scope of this LP. The nerd and philosopher behind it all takes centre stage. Surprisingly, there's no show and spectacle going on here, Milo is in no way a "cool" (i.e. Hipster) nerd. Regular references to Diablo, general nerd culture, gaming, Futurama movies and forums ("Maybe one of these days they'll make me message board moderator!") make this obvious. What really sells this, and sadly the most relatable aspect of it, is the way he contrasts his social aptitude and success both offline and on: finally proclaiming that it's only on the internet where he's found people who he can relate to. Then there's all the stuff about Facebook stalking and frequent pornography viewing... but let's not go into that.

Ultimately, Milo is the every-man of the detached youth. Not the artistic, pretentious kind, he's very clear of his wish not to be associated with them, but the real kind. His constant questioning of "why"" will resonate with many people who, similarly, aren't happy with the world and their position in it. The calm, restrained and somehow defeated delivery with which he performs his lines only serves to enforce this: it echos the silent voice of everyone. On top of this, the minimalistic beats underlying Milo, often complete with heavily distorted vocal samples, distill an even greater sense of disparity into the rhymes.

It's a test to the sheer amount of thought, love and effort which has gone into this LP that Milo has managed to fit in so much. Wit, depression, revolution, self deprecation and isolation culture go hand-in-hand, woven together so finely that they compliment each other. I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here has almost passed without so much as a whisper - I get the impression that maybe Milo prefers it this way.



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StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2011


2905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://miloraps.bandcamp.com/



Yes, that's right, it's free. Now for fucks sake download and listen. I don't like rap, but I love this.



Feedback is welcome.

iFghtffyrdmns
November 1st 2011


7045 Comments


i do too

suppatime
November 1st 2011


1441 Comments


Does this have anything to do with Del tha Funkee Homosapien?

iFghtffyrdmns
November 1st 2011


7045 Comments


i meant i wish his brother rob was here

FelixCulpa
November 1st 2011


1243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is awesome. Didn't know it was free, either, which is also, awesome.

deepintheorchard
November 1st 2011


644 Comments


I dunno about this.

scissorlocked
November 1st 2011


3528 Comments


will check

review is good, a pos for ya!!

Maize
November 2nd 2011


156 Comments


this shit made me smile

Maize
November 2nd 2011


156 Comments


i wish my brother george was here

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


2905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

25 reviews and no features, damn I'm good.



Anyway



"Does this have anything to do with Del tha Funkee Homosapien?"



Honestly could not say.

gabethepiratesquid
November 2nd 2011


4522 Comments


This guy just seems to be another peripheral nerdcore rapper with weirder beats and a dumber flow/wack rhyme scheme to me. The personality has some props, though.

and this is a reference to Del's debut album, yes.

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


2905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This guy just seems to be another peripheral nerdcore rapper with weirder beats and a dumber flow/wack rhyme scheme to me. The personality has some props, though. "



If that's the case, care to give examples of when people do it better?

gabethepiratesquid
November 2nd 2011


4522 Comments


Not saying that other nerdcore rappers are better. This guy is probably at the top of that "genre's" game, but that doesn't say much. I was just saying in general.

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


2905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay.

daIceman
November 7th 2011


426 Comments


my rating is somewhere between 3,5-4,0 like his flow, like beats...but thats all about this LP, I think its fun to listen but nothing memorable

daIceman
November 7th 2011


426 Comments


Like his raping over "Just us" that SHLOHMO beat is really nice

Yotimi
November 22nd 2011


7488 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is all right but I don't think the lyrics are nearly as clever as he thinks they are. Love the Steve Brule sample though, and the Gold Panda song is a nice touch

coleba
February 9th 2012


796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This guy has talent and I appreciate what he is trying to do, but his whole shtick backfires a bit, and instead of coming off as the antihero, he sounds like a pedant lacking self-esteem.

crewdreary
April 17th 2012


53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hip-hop is so trivial, but we argue about who can do it better / like we're not all rearranging the same twenty-six letters



cool review

RyanNealey
February 23rd 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this guy, but in terms of who is a better nerdcore rapper, no one can touch Greydon Square at the moment.



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