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Outtasite
Careful What You Wish For...
Rhyme Cartel Records
www.outtasitemusic.com


There is something a bit unsettling about heavy metal and rap being mixed together… it's like all the bad in the musical world coming together in one big, ugly clusterfuck. Outtasite, however inexplicably, turns that giant horrific orgy into a thing of indelicate beauty and grace. The songs on Careful What You Wish For… are filled with crunchy rhythm guitars that neatly offset the classic rap beats. The drums are clean and heavy, sounds that are instantly familiar to anyone who has heard 80's/90's rap, obviously brought to the table by Sir Mix-A-Lot, who produced and co-wrote much of the album. The guitars are all seven-string low, distorted and heavy, although cleanly recorded and ultra-tight, and lend the songs a real edge not commonly found in far too much modern rap.

Where Outtasite really shines is in the lyric department. Rather than going with the current trends in hip hop and talking about his gangster friends and his bitches and his package, Outtasite focuses more on societal ills… kind of. The lyrics have a weird street poetry that denies the established norms and go for a more abstract expressionism. The result of these forays into abstraction are a more lethal hold on the listener, drawing the ear in ever deeper, seeking the true meaning behind the surface words. This is art.

Overall, Careful What You Wish For… sounds more like a holdover from early Faith No More or Pop Will Eat Itself more than it sounds like modern rap/hip hop. The songs stand on their own nicely, without the need for self-bolstering ridiculousness as is found in the current genre. Perhaps Outtasite can help bring the hip hop sound back to something meaningful and listenable. Here's to hope, suckas.

-L. Keane

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