Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Notorious MSG, Baby Elephant

The Notorious MSG: Lunch Money EP (Cordless)
release: October 9, 2007
style: comedy gangster hip-hop
[rating: **1/2] Three "original Chinatown Bad Boys," the Notorious MSG has got more rhymes that poke fun at Chinatown, hip-hop and street life than Picasso's got paint. I could give you a couple of lyrical examples from this unique act, but this is something you have to hear for yourself to believe. Especially a corny love song called "Dim Sum Girl." -Kenyon


Baby Elephant: Turn My Teeth Up! (Godforsaken)
release: September 11, 2007
style: a mess of hip-hoppy funk
[rating: *] Prince Paul (Handsome Boy Modeling School, etc) teams with P-funk veteran keyboardist/moogist Bernie Worrell and a variety of guest vocalists for what should have been a genius record. Instead this is scraps from what it should have been. It was good to hear Shock G of Digital Underground, though he can't do much with the little he is given. Yellowman does little more than make a reggae verision of Baby Elephant. Of course George Clinton makes an obligatory appearance, but it was irritating enough to turn it off and bury it forever. The cut with Nona Hendryx is a chill r&b/soul joint. yea....JOINT! Other than that there's nothing worth recommending. And how David Byrne got mixed up in this is another conundrum altogether. -Kenyon

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