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Review: Demigodz – Killmatic; A Simple Mission Accomplished

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I doubt that they’re here for her thesis defense

The Demigodz are a long-lived crew that has endured more major roster changes than the Baltimore Ravens during the current offseason. Holding the crew together, like Joe Flacco will hopefully do for Baltimore in the coming season, is Apathy, the Connecticut underground rapper/institution who has yet to fall off even after 15 years of hip-hop notoriety. In addition to keeping his own output up to par, he’s kept the Demigodz roster filled with hungry emcees who are actually pretty talented. Currently, those emcees are Ryu of Styles of Beyond, Esoteric, Celpth Titled, Motive, and Blacastan.

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Check Out Demigodz – Killmatic

Killmatic CoverThe Demigodz are a crew of underground rappers led by Connecticut’s Apathy. They’ve actually been around since the early 90s, but some hip-hop heads have probably only first heard of these guys when Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park enlisted their talents for his Fort Minor project in 2005. Styles of Beyond were featured a lot on the proper Fort Minor album, The Rising Tied, while Fort Minor’s We Major mixtape included S.O.B. again plus Apathy and Celph Titled. Predictably, their features made those releases worth listening to, because who wants to hear Mike Shinoda rap by himself for a full-length cd???

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Thoughts on Styles of Beyond – Reseda Beach

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For the life of me, I can’t understand what happened with this album. Well, lemme quit lying, I can guess, with confidence, what happened. Some dope underground emcees who were ill for illness’ sake decided to join a pop/alternative rocker/pseudo-rapper’s vanity label backed by a major label, then made an album influenced by major label expectations and their own desire to finally make some real fucking dough off rap, and predictably, the album is trash.

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