Overdue Disc Review: Masstapeace - "Time 2 Make Music"

I've been putting off writing up this album for a few weeks, during which time I've spun through it a few dozen times in my ride and headphones. It's more aggressive than a cage match, with giant beats and incredibly cocky rhymes – phenomenal theme music to stomp through any city to. In their MC duties, Legendary Axe and Tyga disregard every rap rule that's been set in the past few years: gratuitous, non-ironic misogyny flies at every turn; hyperbolic death threats are dished out like mess hall macaroni; you couldn't dance to this with a head full of MDMA.

At its best, Time 2 Make Music gets a raucous title track from Arcitype, a Snowgoons smash in “Go With It,” and a Sicknature backdrop on “Trigga Talk,” which features a polluted Slaine slithering through with some big body bravado. If you dig degenerate honky-hop, then you'll dig this. On the production side, devastation comes from the likes of DC the Midi Alien and C-Lance, the latter of whom offers up the super creepy “Cramp My Style” for DJ Slipwax to crucify with the sort of deep cuts we haven't heard much of since the days when hip-hop saviors reigned.

What Dreams Are Made Of” with Termanology and Block McCloud could be a respectable commercial jam – it's the rare track with a melodic hook that doesn't make me want to jump off a building. If there was more justice than payola in this world, you'd hear it on the radio around here. But there isn't, so get over it already, and check these dudes next time they rock a show - they're some of the dopest Massholes kicking live.

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