label: angle

producers: tack fu, no one, unisonic, coolzey, paul mak.

guests: animosity, leilani, gaiden, no one, felix, vanessa, da funda tat.

year of release: 2001
website: angle
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1. Intro
2. R.I.P.M.C.
3. Record Store Love, Part 1 feat. Animosity, Leilani
4. Coming Correct feat. GaiDen & No One
5. Traveling Song feat. Felix & GaiDen
6. Catharsis
7. Channel Nine feat. Animosity
8. Computer Hate
9. Can You? feat. Animosity
10. Record Store Love, Part II feat. Animosity, Leilani
11. Segue
12. 7 Digit Manner feat. Felix
13. Ode To Bass feat. Vanessa
14. Monster Interlude
15. Dry Dream feat. Da Funda Tat
16. Femme Fatale
17. Butt Heads


Not Quite 90 In The Head

Des Moines, Iowa in the Midwest is where Angle resides. Somewhere nearby lives Tack-Fu. And his album ("Chained Reaction") was where we first heard of Angle and it's also Tack, that produced the first two tracks on this album, with the other beats being provided by cats like No One, Unisonic, Coolzey, Paul Mak and Tack in a few more cases. And the non Schnicken is responsible for the "Intro", where some demonic possession seems to be utilized to get our attraction. That wouldn't have been needed, as it's rather wasting a good beat, it being resurrected though, once the short rhyming starts, that takes away some of the attempted oddity, and adds sense, making this the introduction that's beneficial for all parties. The vibe stays rather gory on "R.I.P.M.C.", as the combination of Tack's oriental beat, and the battling swinging words, are coming across serious, and rather haunted. What leads us to an early conclusion, that we are not in for some bubble gum music, that is bursting once it his something solid, but the music itself is actually solid and firmly positioned.

That despite the vibe getting a little friendlier on "Record Store Love, Part I", a track that every real music fiend should be able to relate to, despite Angle, Animosity and Leilani not only talking about what happens during a visit to the beat junkiest dealer, it also talking about the cats preference when it comes to this music field. The beat is making the vibe somewhat more free, as Unisonic is keeping the track open with the gritty sounds being positioned toward the back. Remaining in a similar vibe, Angle is once more teaming up with a host of people on "Coming Correct", as he welcomes GaiDen and No One, who also did the beat, that comes across somewhat movie adaptable, it sounding like a moment where a walking person is watched. The emcees are flowing with words to sound clever, or to say things that haven't yet been intended to be told. The next track "Traveling Song" is one of those that have us the album enjoy as much as we do, as the No One production is dope, and the three emcees Angle, Felix and GaiDen are rhyming about more reflective things, as the philosophies are mingling with dream structures.

Coming back on the solo tip on "Catharsis", Angle takes on the character of an orator, who seems to be called when things get shaky, and when there's some diamond to be rescued out of the mud. We are not too keen on this Fu beat, but are receiving reparation in the form of the good "Channel Nine", another track by No One, and one where he shows his musical side, while Animosity is also lending his voice to the track. And maybe we should put the name No One on some piece of paper, to later have somewhere to look him up, as "Computer Hate" is again proving that he is able to do interesting and nice beats. The lyrics demand some effort from us to dwell into them, what seems to be a statement that's valid for the whole album. The next beat, used for "Can You?", is welcoming, but at the same time of destined and determining character. There's always the need to say something with the lyrics, may it be that in the end, there is still a meaning behind the track, even once we have peeled away the braggadocios elements of the song.

"Record Store Love, Part II" comes on next, and is even nicer than the first one, this one here being our favorite track of the whole album. It starts with the singing of Leilani, before the rhyming comes on, making the drum change into neck braking frequency. Lyrically the cats stepped out the store and are looking now at the neighborhood it is situated in. Coolzey then does the instrumental "Segue", and he makes it reeking of blues and sounding somewhat old schoolish, as this here, a little further fastened up, could be a chosen anthem by many b-boys and breakers. And this dance step intermission is leading up to another Coolzey beat, that comes across rather private eyed, as on "7 Digit Manner" the sounds are of big band sources, while Angle and Felix talk about the emotional pasts, with females being the center object of concern. With "Ode To Bass" another Tack Fu beat is being utilized for Angle to rhyme and Vanessa providing the singing, and this is having that Dixie band jazz feel, making it sound like something that could be played on one of those Mississippi steam boats.

The "Monster Interlude", where some old O.C. track is playing in the back, gets the door open for "Dry Dream" to walk through, where we are getting rather nasty verses, however, still keeping things within the REM moments. No One then brings back a guitar plucking for "Femme Fatale", and combines it with a shuffling drum and hidden strings, where Angle is being haunted by a response of the women to dreamy song of before. And finally there's "Butt Heads", where Paul Mak is making the track rather gritty, while Angle is bitter for only a few seconds, as he then gets angry, gets his retributions and swinging in the direction of those that talked, without anyone asking them to say shit, especially as what they were saying was mere wood being thrown into the fire.

This album is hard to grasp as it is twisting itself out of your grip, with lyrics that are twisting around subjects in foggy ways. However if one is walking with the Angle, he will prove to you, that what looked like a detour, in actuality is the most direct way. Also the beats are demanding attention, as they are not coming lighthearted or easy to digest. And these comments are not meant in a way to criticize the album, saying it is incomplete or any such thing. This is simply meaning, that the deepness and depth showcased, is of an intensity, that's hard to describe, hard to bear, but also hard to not appreciate.

review: tadah

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