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The Devil'z Rejects Necronomicon Dynasty Muzik • 2006

Didn’t Bomshot just diss Jus Allah in that track called 'Fals Godz'? Didn’t Jus Allah address Bomshot with 'he's the wackest rapper ever'? Yes, indeed. Twice. Allah even stated he never recorded a single joint with Bomshot. Mysteriously enough 'The Devilz Rejects', a collabo album between exactly those two Bostonites, is in our CD-player now. Huh? Necronomicon. So, what about it? Two rappers – drinkin each others blood – releasing an album? Seems like it stinks. Or not?

Bomshot assures this is not just a lil’ bit of patchwork. They really were in the studio together in their mutual (post-)Omnipotent period. When the beef started he did not want to throw away the project and decided to finish it by himself by cuttin, pastin and reclyclin some beats and rhymes to complete some tracks of the record. Finally Dynasty Muzik released it. And now it’s top selling on UGHH. See how things go?

All the biting and ish aside (we wouldn’t wanna break our head on all the beefs, right?), let’s stay objective and check out the record for what it is. It would be a shame to let those rumours rape this effort, or – the other way around - let em hype the project up out of proportion.

After a few minutes of listening this record easily takes you back to the 'Violent By Design' days. Not that it can top that Jedi Mind Tricks classic, but it surely has some of the same vibes. Powered, aggressive and energetic beats with scratched hooks are the base of the album. The – mostly unknown – producers create the perfect landscape for the concept and topics of the album. Although far from every track is rock solid there’s plenty of material on here that keeps you noddin ('Riddle of the Sphinx', 'Vengeance', 'Incredibles',...).

The atmosphere of the album is heavy: wit and anger are throughout the album. So, terrorists ('Arabic Terrorists'), dead ('Deadly', 'Chop Ya Head Off'), Muslims and homophobia are the evident themes of the tracks. Sure there’s some lyrical heat on here, but – honestly – after a while it starts to be a lil annoying. First of, you snap your neck to a joint, then again – with a second or deeper listen – you start missing something: originality. Both rappers seem to suffer from this: Jus Allah doesn’t reach the level he used to (although he sounds more convincing than on his own solo debut! Chapeau!) and Bomshot misses the metaphorical and topical diversity to be a top-mc (although he spits some dope verses too – don’t let it fool you!). More than welcome are the featured emcees: from Gza ('Universal' & 'Vengeance') to Chief Kamachi ('Black Godz rmx') over Quity Nyce ('Incredibles') to Virtuoso ('Deadly') and a whole bunch of others, they bring some extra and fitting flavour to the album without loosing or damaging the concept.

In the end you gotta give Bomshot credit for completin the album, he did a nice job by letting it sound as one whole and as a natural thing. While the story behind it is definitely as entertaining as the album itself, this shouldn’t keep you from checkin it out and give it some play. It’s good, hardcore and massive music. Buy it, tape it to a dusty quality cassette and go listening to it while shadowboxin... Preferably in your dark garage.

POSTED ON 06|01|2006 by wulf

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