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Maximus Da Mantis's And Menes Tha Pharaoh's Empty Rifles, Full Canteens
, is a retrospective view of the Vietnam War, cinematically told through raw, hard hitting beats and clever lyrics, that'll take you on a journey through the densest Vietnam jungles, to the darkest Viet Cong Cu Chi tunnels. Just from listening to the first few songs, it's clear that much talent and effort was put into this album. High production with great delivery brings out the deeper, darker themes, without making it feel like a cheap generic hip-hop gimmick. This album has a strong vintage sound to it, which is comprised mostly of slower, brooding type beats and old school movie samples. Empty Rifles, Full Canteens
sets the tone perfectly for the type of stories told on each track, which I felt, literally paints the darkness, death, and horrors of war, on the walls of your mind. Dark lyrics tell a real story here, and Empty Rifles, Full Canteen
s definitely has its share of iconic, Vietnam era history in it. While there arenít many tonal shifts (story wise), there are a few light-hearted beats dropped here, and there. I think it would have been dope if more tracks on the album used samples from the most popular songs of the 1960s, like Paint It Black by Rolling Stones, Fortunate Son by Cleardance Clearwater Revival, and White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, just to name a few; for the sake of being more authentic and immersive. Not to imply that this album lacks immersion (it really doesn't at all, in fact; it's one of its strong points). The samples that are used however, are used in a way that it doesnít interfere with the listening experience, by making the album seem random and unorganized. Overall, youíre getting a full, complete experience here, more than musically, but also interactively since production was utilized so well. When it's all said and done, Maximus Da Mantis brings you a hardcore underground hip-hop release not for the empty minded mainstream, and nowhere close to it, and if you've had limited exposure to Maximus Da Mantis and Menes Tha Pharaoh, then this album will definitely place them in your sights.
Based On A Score Consisting Of Beats , Lyrics , Creativity And Wow Factor I Rate This Album
Favorite Track NVA North Vietcong