Mechanical Royalty
label: embedded

producers: dj pre, rjd2, mf doom, ese, hipsta.

guests: jungle mike

year of release: 2003
Don't babble. Don't have us listen to your babble. Now imagine a babbletron. That's worse than canned laughter. It's more horrible than elevator music. It's kinda like, well, Bush, I guess. Yeah, George W. Bush, or even more Rumbsfeld, both are babbletrons. Listen to Rumbsfeld say anything. That's pure babbling. And Bush only invited Ozzy over, because he struggles even more to get one straight and consecutive sentence out, than W. does. Man, horror.
Not this Babbletron though, a threesome from Brooklyn New York city, where people aim to kill. They however claim "Mechanical Royalty", like Bender was made a Sire. And on eleven tracks, jaymanila, Calm-Pete and DJ Pre behind the beats, speak from the this (politic thinking on "SpecialFX") to that (women on "Birds") and back (hit men on "Hit Man Sonnet" with Jungle Mike) With the flavor smelling as much like New York as does a sweaty Yankees sock. The beats are rough, sample based, dirty, there's scratches, and sunshine is lost somewhere inside the shadow of the alleyway.

tracklisting
1. I Need To Be
2. SpecialFX
3. The Clock Song
4. Birds
5. Space Tech Banana Clip
6. Chop!!
7. One Shot
8. Hit Man Sonnet feat. Jungle Mike
9. A.C.W.A.L.L.
10. Broke Down
11. Dope
And that throughout the tracks that are carried by Pre's production, with a couple of exclusions though. Like on "The Clock Song", RJD2 gave up one of his beats, for the rappers to reflect about how there's no rubber in this life where you can erase what has been, while the RJD2 beat is sweet and smooth. Also famous for his production is MF Doom, and he speeds up and gets the intensity up on "Space Tech Banana Clip", where the rappers put down their 70's science fiction screenplay.
On "One Shot" the drum takes over, having a live feel, while the humming and dramatic background create a desperate feel (and it's as well produced as is "Broke Down"). The words still carry the same angst, with the topic resting on these reflective and introspective conclusions. That's part one, part two then opts for a lengthy instrumental break, with a 60's rock sample turning into technozid grumbling (followed up on the drug lingo using "Dope"). With this feeling finally being dropped on "A.C.W.A.L.L.", another talking about the females song, where a content little guitar adds a new summer feeling to the nasty rhetoric.
What's good about a 'tron, you can program him. And if anything, this Babbletron was programmed to spit clever lyrics, with wit and a playful usage of the words. Paired with bare and baked beats, the music reflects the pessimism instilled by reality and the age. The irony is part of coming to terms with it, as much as an always lingering humor that's just human. Therefore, this is not that much mechanical as it is in flesh and blood, with this babbling actually being things you want to listen to.
review: tadah
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