Spank Rock – Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is A Fucking Liar

October 11, 2011 by  

In 2006, Philadelphia based hip-hop duo Spank Rock released ‘Yoyoyoyoyo’, a game changing hip hop album that split critics down the middle for a couple of reasons. The lyrics were sexually controversial; some described it as aural porn and just too filthy for the public. Add these lyrics to the brilliantly wacky beats, which ranged from throwback hip hop samples, ecstasy laced bass booms and glitch-like electronic clinks and clanks. You get an album which is basically a fantastic drug fuelled sex romp, something that would give your grandma a heart attack and something that young couples in ruts should play in their bedrooms. Like all drug fuelled sex romps it’s viewed in two ways: it’s either down right despicable and a couple of notches down from satanic worshipping, or a highly charged, excitable situation that you would probably like to do again.

So now it comes to the question ‘are Spank Rock going to try again for another weird, off kilter cult classic record or are they going to go all soft-core on the fans?’ There’s not really a straight forward yes or no answer but the wonderfully titled second album will once again shock the ‘middle of the road’ naysayers and put a dirty smile on returning listeners.

You immediately know something very strange is in store for your ears after hearing the opening two tracks which are simply titled ‘Ta Da’ and ‘nasty’. They may be simply titled but the construction of both tracks is far from it. ‘Ta Da’ starts with some orderly bass hits and claps but then is joined by all sorts of electronic industrial styled noises which are stabbed in all over the track – sounds that you would expect to hear if you were building your own robot.
‘Nasty’ is a different style all together, it’s a fast paced, futuristic, filthy, club banger. A style that none do better than Spank Rock.

With the lyrics staying as sexually provocative as you would come to expect from Spank Rock (Shake it ’til my dick turns racist is a hook for one song), it’s the production which lets the album down. With Xxxchange producing the entire debut, he is only featured on a few tracks here. Some of the songs sway into that European techno house genre which is suddenly becoming far too popular for its own good (see #1 Hit). This means the quirky hip hop beats
and samples barely appear apart from the distortion filled head nodder ‘DTFDADT’ and the ice cool ‘Car Song’ featuring Santigold.

There is a lack of spark and continuity on Spank Rock’s sophomore effort as it seems that rapper Naeem Juwon has been ripped away from his producer and other half of the group Xxxchange. Juwon is left with German electro duo Boys Noize to take executive production credits, this isn’t entirely terrible (‘Energy’ is another stand out track), but it brings Juwon’s lyrical content down from witty, high class smut to back alley sleaze. The lyrics never seem to make the same impact when they are delivered over stale, faddish dance beats.

Once again this is another album which is going to split the masses, and maybe even Spank Rock followers. The dirty wordplay is still there which would make 2 Live Crew tip their hats. And Juwon is still serving it to listeners in that crazy sexy cool manner of his. It’s just the plate that its served on is a bit too clean and regular.

[rating:3]


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