Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hurricane - The Hurra (LP, 1995)

My copy of this disc is in fairly bad shape, so I'm assuming I bought this for a bargain price. I know I've had it for a few years, but I haven't listened to it much.

For a mid-90's side project from the Beastie Boys' DJ, this isn't too bad. The Beasties appear on two tracks ("Four Fly Guys" and "Stick 'Em Up," though only Adrock raps on that one), and the tracks they rap on have that Ill Communication feel to 'em. In fact, all the beats here work that same vibe, as a result of the Hurricane/Mario C. production.

Hurricane's not the best rapper in the world, but dude's got some shit to say. Unfortunately, his flow can sound lazy and uninterested in parts, and any attempt to flex hard seem stifled by the loose funk of the beats.

Clearly, the highlights for me are the Beastie Boys appearances, as Adrock was still a great rapper back then. He does his usual boisterous squealing, and while it works really well in the songs, it makes Hurricane seem even more monotone. The beats here are decent across the board, but at times they feel like Beastie throwaways.

I dunno. Maybe I should give it a closer listen. But if I haven't done it yet, I don't really see it happening. Still, nice to have around.

"Stick 'Em Up"

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