Aug 3, 2010 - 1:03 PM
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The fourth studio album from San Francisco-based band Felonious definitely reminds me why I love hip-hop. A blend of heart-pounding drums, proper guitar, electric keys and heavy bass lines set against their witty lyricism and ridiculous beat boxing, make members Soulati, Jon Monahan, KP, Illin Ills, d.wolf and Infinite a group to remember.
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The twelve-track album takes your head, shoulders, knees and toes to a place they ain’t never been before. “Get it Str8” showcases the talents of each member and is one of the tightest cuts on the album. And just when you think you know what’s coming, Felonious--whose members also perform hip-hop theatre--takes it way back with tracks like “Misunderstood,” turning the original 60s Nina Simone hit into their own modern day declaration. Cutting and chopping the popular chorus and blending it with self-proclamation, the group flips the original on its side.
Although the album comes correct instrumentally, I’m sometimes left scratching my head trying to figure out what they're trying to say. Clever lines like, “We don’t fit the part, is it pissing you off? / If we ain’t bringing it hard, is it making you soft?” will only take you so far. Listening to their songs, it’s almost as if I’m stumbling my way through as I search for a theme and cohesiveness in their verses.
Don’t get it twisted, Felonious is definitely a group to have knocking in the car. But if you’re looking for deep lyricists, you might want to cop the instrumentals and keep it moving.
Lauren Fitzgerald Villasana is a new contributor to Oh Dang!