Primitive Plus Import
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Primitive Plus is a smart continuation of a lineage that can be traced from Beastie Boys, De La Soul, Kool Keith and Beck: party hip-hop from a minimalist, literate slant. This Maryland homeboy has geek glasses and a love for freewheelin' raps as sassy as Eminem. "I jerk off in my cereal/You couldn't even **** with the Grand Imperial", Edan smirks on the sideshow "Emcees Smoke Crack". The lo-fi title track, meanwhile, begins with the sound of raspberries over a human beat box. Sure, you can hear traces of hip-hop's golden 80s era plus Yes, AC/DC and James Brown, but Edan isn't content to stay still, continually finding new samples and ways of presenting his dirty, upfront, full-in-the-face, rude funk. This is bedroom rap, with a massive injection of streetwise energy. --Everett True
Another thing I'd like to talk about is the incredibly sweet artwork (also created by Edan). Back in the 70s, these robots produced by Quasar popped up at trade fairs, supermarkets, chat shows, and shopping malls all over the place. The owner of Quasar claimed that these were fully programmable robots that were capable of completing a wide array of household chores, and would soon be available at a reasonable price. He was soon exposed of his lies when a man with a remote control was spotted controlling the robot, thus proving that Quasar's claims were to good to be true. The artwork really speaks to the feel of the album though. Although Edan uses your basic primitive tools to create the album, it's also futuristic and ahead of it's time. Much like the robots by Quasar.
There are plenty of outstanding tracks here. He proves early on with "One Man Arsenal" that he's a force to be reckoned with. One of my favorite tracks, which features a piece of classical music (Tchaikovsky, I think) is "Key Bored". It also features some killer verses like this one - "My brain is packed with frames of accurate detail / I'd rather hug a tree than fu*k around with an e-mail". We get a nice view of Edan's humorous personality on "Emcees Smoke Crack" where he boasts this clever lyric - "Egg yolks in the eyes is how I'm doin' 'em / emcees smoke crack, I smoke aluminum". My favorite track on the album is "#1 Hit Record". The production is instantly memorable and truly addictive. It definitely includes some of the tightest verses and punch lines on the album. Check 'em out - "Silver Surfer on the cerebellum / MC's rhyme at the zoo and when they're wack, parrots tell 'em". Here's another - "Raw rap suburbanite / I'm fu*kin' with religion like I didn't wear the turban right". This is a great one - "The flyest on a 12-inch / So is your girl, and she doesn't make records". "Syllable Practice" is also one of my favorites, which features a cut up Cut Chemist beat (from Jurassic 5's "Quality Control"). Edan warns us ahead of time - "I'm not gonna say anything significant; you know, but it's gonna be battle rhymes. And it's gonna sound pretty." Mr. Lif stops by for a killer appearance on "Rapperfection". "You Suck" is probably the best track on the album as far the sick production and rhymes go. Edan proves to be a great story teller with "Run That Sh*t!". A story about how he doesn't work to make an honest buck, and just jacks people for their money, food, jewelry, etc. It really is quite humorous.
Edan pays tribute nicely to the great innovators of hip-hop, including Kool Moe Dee, KRS-One, Rakim, Kool Keith, Slick Rick, among many others. His style is actually very reminiscent of Kool Keith and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien. I would venture to say that I've never heard such a bold example of a love for hip-hop. Edan's psychedelic hip-hop style is definitely one of a kind. It's not at all surprising that it took an English hip-hop label to release the record. He shouldn't have that problem anymore, since he's proved to be a worthy adversary to the masses with this incredibly fun and addictive masterpiece.
The first song I heard off this album was "You Suck", and I was hooked after 5 seconds. My friend burned it on a mix CD of hip-hop tunes, I never listened to the rest of the album after hearing Edan. I immediately tried to find this CD (which is a rather hard thing to do). When I finally found it, it quickly became one of my favorites.
The entire CD is a jam, but some of the highlights are "Emcees Smoke Crack", "Run That S**t", "Primitive Plus", man, who am I kidding, this entire CD will have you in stitches and grooving at the same time.
Take his advice and "Don't say s**t, just run that s**t".
Edan is a rapper, a dj, and a producer. He is full of Hip hop knowledge and is always talking about the old school artists such as Ultra, Kool g rap, BDK, Slick rick etc...
Im not gonna point out the best songs on this album because it is all worth hearing numerous times.
Just get this album if you understand real rap music you won't be dissapointed.