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P. B. Reynolds
- Publié sur Amazon.com
OK, so I'll admit, these guys aren't really the greatest rappers. Their flow varies from unexceptional to pretty good, one guy has a very strange voice (sorry, I don't know his name) and he really doesn't sound very well suited to rap at all, and the album suffers from decidedly uh...limited subject matter. But none of it makes any difference at all, because this is still one of the most catchy, fun, playful, musically inventive, and booty-shakin' rap albums ever to come down the pike. It's no wonder that these guys were so huge in their time, and favorite targets of self-righteous evangelists and law enforcers. Anything this fun HAS to be illegal, and in Florida, until 1992, it actually was!!!
I snatched up this album just a few weeks ago, and when I first played it, I really didn't care for it at all. Certain songs were catchy (like the LEGENDARY "Me So Horny"), but it just wasn't what I was used to. The lyrics were decidedly juvenile, and as a fan of eloquent hip-hoppers like De La Soul, Public Enemy, and A Tribe Called Quest, it was a real shock to hear such earthy, nasty humor on a rap album (I was aware of their notorious rep before I bought the CD but, dang!!!). Still, I owed it to the group who set new precedents for legal sleaze on hit records to give 'em another shot, so I listened again...and again...and again...
And all at once, I realized that the Crew had grown on me. Their infectiously funky, bass-driven Miami sound is all the musical evidence that one needs to re-examine this group. Instrumentally, they don't quite sound like anybody else, especially on super fast-paced party cuts like "C'mon Babe" (my favorite song on the entire album, and a REALLY wild club track!). The hype about the lyrics really is true. They're about as lewd and lascivious as any that you'll likely find in the annals of recorded history. This is one album that I'm NOT lending my twelve-year-old kid sister!!!
In conclusion, if you're somebody who's got a lot of hang-ups about sex, misogyny, or other sordid topics, you may want to steer clear of this one. BUT, if you've got an open mind that doesn't take itself too seriously, a playful sense of humor that you can lower to sixth-grade sensibilities at will, and a (...) to shake, you should really dig this album. And if your first listen angers you, confuses you, or just plain stupifies you, don't be afraid to give it another listen. It can be a lot to soak in, but it's worth it!!!