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Old 12-30-2007, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus



This shit right here, is a true classic. The real headz know what I'm talking about. Here's the allmusic review:

Featuring material recorded over 1994-1997, Company Flow's official full-length debut, Funcrusher Plus, had a galvanizing effect on the underground hip-hop scene. It was one of the artiest, most abstract hip-hop albums ever recorded, paving the way for a new brand of avant-garde experimentalism that blatantly defied commercial considerations. Musically and lyrically, Funcrusher Plus is abrasive and confrontational, informed by left-wing politics and the punked-out battle cry "independent as f*ck." It's intentionally not funky and certainly not danceable; the beats are tense and jagged, and often spaced far apart to leave room for the MCs' complex rhymes. Bigg Jus and El-P's lyrical technique is so good it's sometimes nearly impenetrable, assaulting the listener with dense barrages of words that take a few listens to decipher. Even if this is all highly off-kilter, it's also a conscious return to hip-hop on its most basic, beats-and-rhymes level; hooks or jazz and funk samples aren't even considerations here. The production is spacy and atmospheric, often employing weird ambient noises and futuristic synths that clash with the defiantly low-budget production values. It's also quite minimalist, particularly on tracks like "Vital Nerve," which is basically just a three-note synth line over a beat, and the classic Indelible MC's single "The Fire in Which You Burn," where Co-Flow trades rhymes with the Juggaknots over a skittering beat and sitar drone. Other tracks have sci-fi and conspiracy theory undertones; some are set in an Orwellian dystopia, while some pointedly satirize corporate and capitalist greed. Yet there's also some straightforward realism, as on "Last Good Sleep," a frightening domestic abuse drama. Funcrusher Plus demands intense concentration, but also rewards it, and its advancement of hip-hop as an art form is still being felt. It's difficult, challenging music, to be sure, and it's equally far ahead of its time.


here's some shit off the album

http://youtube.com/watch?v=mzfCWB7tNbw

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xcyf6SjZGmY

http://youtube.com/watch?v=FIw4infI2xQ

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Old 12-30-2007, 09:42 AM   #2
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one of the greatest underground albums ever...


this is some original hiphop right here !!

bad touch example is my favorite song of this album

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Old 12-30-2007, 05:42 PM   #3
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I have this but I haven't played it in years.....it's too weird.
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i found this at fye in the used section for 4.99


besat 5 bucks i've ever spent.
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:45 PM   #5
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^^word

man, for real, that joint with Breezy Brewin is absolutely BANANAS!!!! all of them kill it, Breezy, EL-P, Bigg Jus.....

Krazy Kings is on some other shit too. I'm tryin to get Bigg Jus' solo shit and that new EL p right now..
I haven't listened to this shit for a few years, only to rediscover it now.
the same thing happened with Quasimoto
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co-sign.. it's good but to much experimental, it WILL give you a headache. check out Mr. Len's solo debut album, now that's a dope fucking LP.
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claaa i think youre thinking of fantastic damage.


vital nerve is my shiiiit and fuckin... the one thats like "its a shame when these emcees fuck with meee"

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I got this album years ago.

Sick ass beats, whack ass raps.
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^these rhymes are insane.

this is an album that definitely needs to grow on you. i didn't think too much of it the first time i heard it; now i consider it a classic. i like how the beats make it to where you really have to listen to the lyrics.

top 5: collude, help wanted, population control, vital nerve, the fire in which you burn

grade: (5/5) classic
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My first listen only lasted till the 6th track then I just got sick of it.
Next couple of listens I enjoyed it a lot, but classic? ehhhh, no.
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classic to me. love this shit. i'm from new york, so that may have something to do with it, but i'm telling you there is only one better album to listen to while walking through the city on a cloudy autumn day, and that's Liquid Swords. i'd buy ten copies if they reunited and dropped another lp.
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This is a classic in my book. So many quotable rhymes it's sick. Yes it is very experimental, but i find this in rotation at least oncee a year. Dope shit.
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Underground classic. everything about this c.d is so raw, when I first heard this album, it was like a bomb went off in my head. Amazing album.
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I enjoy listening to this record. It is well good.
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