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Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury

The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy

1992

Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury

Album Summary

Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury is the debut album by alternative hip hop crew The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, released in 1992. Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury was met with critical acclaim. "Television, the Drug of the Nation" was released as a single. It was recorded previously by Michael Franti's first band, the Beatnigs.

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Rating

2.97

Votes

4142

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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society, television phone bad

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A fine example of what is called Rhythm & Poetry. The production has a lot of the common places of the times but works exceedingly good. But is the message that carries this to other level, damn those lyrics are powerful. MC states everything he wants to say with carefully and in a most direct way. Makes me sad that the diagnosis this lyrics correctly carry has more than 20 years around and situation has only gotten worse. This, I needed to listen before I died.

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5

Hip hop with a message, most definitely. I'm instantly a fan. Hip hop is the only genre of protest anymore. This is from 1992, but even then - mainstream music has little to no message, but that is not the case with music like this. The lyrics here are a lot to take in. They are critical, but not afraid to be self-critical. There are injustices and cultural/social problems that affect all people. Its a classist society that created a racist society, so he takes aim at the racism by bringing up the elites control the narrative through money, sports, media, television, etc. Language of Violence is going to be my go-to as a father of young kids (obviously not sharing the full song with them for years to come). Dehumanizing the victim makes things simpler. Mob mentality, all of it. Really thoughtful here and terribly tragic. This album was a masterpiece. There are two tracks not listed on the YouTube playlist, a "cover" of Dead Kennedy's California Uber Alles and Water Pistol Man that I suggest be sought out if you listen to this album.

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3

Started out hearing this as an adorable Public Enemy impression minus the Basquiat explosiveness, but it quickly impressed its own qualities, starting with the lyrics. "The only cola that I support would be a universal Cost Of Living Allowance", "Not a single TV station showed dissension / Or made mention of the censorship of information", "The kids don't get diplomas / They get used for gunboat diplomacy" probably aren't the best here, just the ones I wrote down. Once I saw them typed out, the differences from PE started to emerge. Chuck D is the militant orator, proselytising mid-battle and on the hoof, but Michael Franti raps like he's in a lecture theatre, reading verbatim from his painstakingly written notes. After that, the music starting to signify: contemplative, repetitive but soothing, carefully organised to sound like the antithesis of the stupefying and haphazard media misinformation that's got Franti so pissed. Chief among the musical gifts here is Music and Politics. A totally surprising all-timer (on firsall-timer jazz rap that can hang with the best of its type. Scored big for The Winter of the Long Hot Summer too. Never hurts when the 7 minute track is one of the best.

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5

Class album, similar vibes to public enemy. Just maybe a song or two too long

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5

Not Bad. Actually good. Message is good, and topical. 4.5

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Siempre los topé porque en la hagiografía de Nirvana se sabe que abrieron algunas fechas. Ahora veo que suenan a un Public Enemy que samplea Talk Talk, capaces de tener groove, con un flow mitad Gil Scott-Heron, mitad Chuck D. Sampleos brillantes, la neta. Todo de lo que cantan ya es como lugar común liberal, pero en su momento sí estaba rompedor.

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5

Wow! I never heard of these guys before. Very powerful

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This album has only two issues that I think would bring it down to a 4: bloat and availability. With great political rhyming, immersive soundscapes, and a unique vocal performance, I think this album is of particular note when looking at the grand scheme of things.

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I want to like this more than I did, I appreciate these themes in hip-hop but the lyrics are so bop-you-over-the-head that there's no nuance and it isn't interesting at all to me. Sounds alright though.

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Not a big fan of this one. It feels more like a monologue over a beat more than a rap album.

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Edgy will smith

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"Television, the Drug of the Nation" was the only song that sounded familiar. This was a new album and artist for me. I liked it more than I thought I would. The opening track, "Satanic Reverses" was my favorite track, followed by "Television...". Some of the tracks were hard to distinguish from the next track. It was good to hear this album, but I'm not sure that I'd listen to the whole thing all at once again.

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It's socially conscious rap, which I'm usually into. The guy has a nice voice, and at its best, it reminds me of Public Enemy, but this album needed a good producer in the worst way. The beats are uninteresting, some of the flows are wack, and he needs to do something besides repeating the name of the track for every single hook. Some of them are catchy, many are not. For example: "Medical racist social statistics / Has everyday life become a health risk?" doesn't even mean anything, and he says this same phrase like 20 times in an otherwise pretty good track. I think my major problem with it is that he can be clever, but he thinks everything he says is clever, and there's a difference. Best track: Satanic Reverses

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Did not enjoy. Just not in the mood for political rap

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4 songs unavailable on Spotify. I'm not liking this so far...talking over a beat with verbal samples mixed in.

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Political hip hop - seriously needs some editing. Best Tracks: Television the Drug of the Nation, Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury, California Uber Alles

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Something about this really just didn't click with me. I think the beats were great, and I found the subject matter important stuff to discuss. I just don't think the MC had the skill or charisma to make what he was rapping about not sound super preachy and condescending. Oh well.

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5

Dope!

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5

"Satanic Reverses" would've been a favorite of mine back when this was released. It's a damn shame I missed out on this album at the time. "Television the Drug of the Nation" is another highlight.

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5

Straightforward, yet so deep.

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5

Great lyrics. Jazzy melodies. Current

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5

This shit was dope from start to finish!

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5

Really good lyrics

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5

fantastic album, highly recommened.

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5

Smart, well-produced, and good!

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5

The kind of hip hop I really like, jazzy beats and deep, meaningful political lyrics, will probably have this on repeat for awhile

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5

Remarkable for 1992. Style a little like Blue Scholars. Really good.

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5

wow barras

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5

Loved this album! So introspective

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5

Este disco debe estar entre mis discos favoritos de hip-hop especialmente de los 90s. El sonido es emblemático, cuando se escucha de inicio parece simplemente que suena a todos los grupos de su momento, esas trompetas tipo Cypress Hill que a veces se atisban, los ritmos rápidos, agresivos pero sin sonar del todo a Gangsta Rap aun. Sin embargo con un poco de atención hay muchísimo más trabajo y composición, sonidos de jazz que vienen al frente sin hacer que se sienta una fusión ni quitando energía. Las letras son excelentes, tienen ese componente de importancia a problemas sociales, con caracter, sin tratar nada más de escucharse como si fuera "este es rap pero con mensajito". En realidad me parecen composiciones que líricamente se pueden sostener a sí mismas como si fueran poemas aun sin la música. Un disco casi desconocido que de verdad se debiera escuchar al menos una vez.

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5

Excellent, political, trueschool hiphop. Taking a lot of inspiration from PE but much cleaner production.

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5

Great album. Beautiful chaos, ha. Some intense instrumentals which matched well with the content of the lyrics. It's interesting to hear Michael franti in this genre - really only known him with his upbeat songs

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5

What a discovery! Brilliant!

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5

A halfway house between The Clash and Rage Against the Machine, that refocuses hip-hop's anger against the establishment and corporations. Still as relevant today as it was 30 (!?) years ago.

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5

Still topical

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5

Now that's a hip hop album I could listen to all day. Political sophisticated lyrics, that couldn't be more relevant with beautiful low beats that's suits today's music Definitely not 90s recognizable . Nothing more to say. Just perfect!

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5

Damn this is good. Powerful. Smooth grooves over deep lyrics. It's like Rage Against the Machine if the rage was expressed over smooth grooves with a relaxed rap flow. Seriously impressive album and the first rap album I'm rating a 5 (aside from Rage, which I consider to be more rock/metal anyway). Favorite tracks: pretty much all of them, but standouts are Satanic Reverses, Famous and Dandy (particularly the "flavor of the month" section), Television the drug of the nation, Financial Leprosy, and Water Pistol Man.

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5

Amazing album amazing band. I count myself lucky I got to see them live

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5

Like a cross between Gil Scott Heron, Public Enemy and a talk at the Trades Hall. Christ it's prescient though - the first track has a chorus about politics being corrupt, in thrall to the religious right and everyone getting poorer... 30 years ago. Plus ca f*cking change. I love it, but then I am a moderate socialist who is increasingly feeling forced to think that killing all politicians and CEOs might be the only answer.

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4

This dude was ahead of his time. Better musical poetry than most

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4

In the vein of Public Enemy. I like the atmospheres created here. Wish this style of social/political protest music was able to catch on more.

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4

Never done heard it before. It’s great

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The scary thing is a lot of this could have been written yesterday, almost 30 years later. I enjoyed the intensity and clarity of purpose.

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Lo triste de escuchar este disco es ver que no mucho ha cambiado desde 1992 respecto a los problemas sociopolíticos, pero también, extrañamente, se sienten envejecidos ciertos reclamos, quizá más por la forma que por el fondo (ejemplo: esto de la televisión como la caja idiota, pues está un poquito pasado de moda). En ese sentido, sería interesante una "actualización" del disco. Musicalmente, me gusta que haya distintos beats, hace que el disco suene diverso e incluso se permite desvíos más importantes como en "The Winter of the Long Hot Summer" o en "Music And Politics". El final del álbum también es un poco dark. Disfruté sobre todo "Langue of Violence", "Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury" y "Socio-Genetic Experiment". 7.5/10

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4

Great beats. Michael Franti does his rapping professor thing. TIL Charlie Hunter was involved with this. Dead Kennedys cover is great too. Spotify is missing some of the tracks but I found them as uploaded videos in YouTube.

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3.9 - the lyrics on this record read more like an issue of the Economist than a rap album. Songs deal with a very broad swath of hot button “controversial” issues of the era - immigration, environment, homophobia, television, consumer culture, fame obsession, fundies, white supremacy...these issues are still very much ones that plague us today (with the exception of television). In terms of sonics, there’s much to admire. Vocals are put way way out in front of the mix and the lyrics punch through crystalline clear. MC delivery is smooth and even. Much preachier, much headier, much more left leaning politically, more forward-thinking especially in its condemnation of homophobia, not especially violent or menacing in a physical manner, less gangsta, more well read, drawing in historical perspectives. At the same time, there are lots of dilentattish moments where he gets a little lost in his own head. Also the production/beats on some of these songs is often tinny and basic. For all its strengths and warts, I can say it sounds unlike any other hip hop album I’ve heard.

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4

No sé, nunca había escuchado algo así, hip-hop como con jazz e industrialón (?). No me desagradó, pero no sé si la novedad es suficienate para que los vuelva a escuhar. Me gusto Satanic Reverses y Water Pistol Man.

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3.8 maybe very Public Enemy

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Interesting to listen to some of Franti's earlier stuff. I enjoyed it a lot, but still think to really appreciate him as an artist you need to see him live.

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Whole thing isn't on spotify. I'm not sure why. I actually enjoyed what was on there more than I thought I would.

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I C U

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4

Top album. Touches upon themes and topics that feel very different from other hip hop albums I'm familiar with, great structure and the instrumental side hits on pretty much every track.

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It was great to finally get a hip hop album

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I was unfamiliar with them tbh which is a shame. Going in I was very intrigued by the album art. This was great, definite 4 stars. I dig the music and everything, plus the lyrics are fantastic. And in a weird bit of timing, I saw an old concert lineup flyer for a club this morning and the very first band listed was this one. (others: Public Enemy, RATM, Redman, KMFDM, Pantera, No Doubt, FEAR)

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Political art in the form of music! I just wish Spotify had the full album. Absolutely love it! I’m also finding it hard to believe this is the same guy from Spearhead. Favorite tracks are “Satanic Reverses” (I’m a sucker for any jazz tinged hip-hop) and “Television The Drug of the Nation”.

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Not every song available on spotify

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Wow. Powerful, direct, and fearless lyrics that were also philosophical and, at times, prophetic. Starting with satanic verses Tv and Garage beats with a unique sound.

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It's pretty incredible to listen to a hip hop album from 92 that is this scathingly critical of raps tropes from that era (like the homophobia, predilection for violence, capitalist boasting, etc). And it's all backed by a very fascinating collection of jazzy, bluesy yet at times industrial beats. It's a great and truly prescient album. You'll be shocked at how relevant the lyrical work is from the very get go and it's a great shock.

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Revolutionary hip hop. kinda like a mix of Gil Scott heron and rage against the machine. no stand out song unfortunately

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4/5 - good for what it is and what it was

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Sick! Pretty sure this is Chuck-D from Public Enemy... Sounds like him. Maybe a side project? Decent, political hip-hop, gotta love it! 4/5

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Great lyrics, but it doesn't flow as well as songs

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4

interesting album with alot of smart content

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4

This is pretty dope. Some hard truths on here that is still felt today.

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Oooh heerlijke rap vol politiek, bartje wou dat hij zo hard kon spitten

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Cool ! Alleen te lang

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Amazing that the message is still relevant. TDHoH, PE, BDP, KRS-ONE, Marvin Gaye… etc - the list can just go on and on. Black political music has long been speaking truth to power and yet goes unheard. I hope that messages like this will no longer have to be recorded.

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Favs: Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury, INS Mehs: Water Pistol Man This is the first album we've had where I'd never heard the album or artist at all before. I liked it more than I expected. I particularly like his rapping voice and how it flows and his lyrics. "The problem has never been our political logic but the way we enact it We can imagine a perfect society but can't maintain a decent relationship The failure found in the luxuries not in the hardships." Pretty good stuff.

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4

Old school hip hop, very political lyrically covering societal issues, global events / politics. Some interesting beats with unique elements, first track has a lot of Jazz Sax playing with the drum beat. Spoken Word style delivery on the lyrics, every now and then he "sings" a bit but mostly very monotone even-keel delivery, but that works because the content seems to be pretty deep. I enjoyed this, though it's a very long album with the majority of songs 6 minutes or longer. Back half kicks up the energy a bit, and has more classic hip hop, still keeps the political messaging but a bit more focused on the beats. California Uber Alles is a great takedown of the governer at the time this album was out. A lot of the messaging still applies today about stripping social programs and stuffing the pockets of the rich, not much has changed.

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4

Very lyrically heavy hip hop. Definitely some cool tracks.

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fun album, i’ll give it a 7/10 that’s gotta be the preachiest album I’ve ever heard, but honestly he made plenty of good points. I really liked Music and Politics, those were cool instrumentals to rap/sing over. and then Television, The Drug of the Nation was just a straight up classic. I’ve never been a huge old-school hip-hop fan (which is apparent in my previous reviews) i’m not too critical on it, it just isn’t really for me. This album was unique and had a lot of personality so that’s why i’m giving it the 7/10.

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ну классный хап чо, есть конечно поинтереснее варики лично для меня - трайб колд квест например, но это дело вкуса.

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4

Whoa, these guys come right at us, don't they. I like it. It totally works for what they're doing. Powerful lyrics and the music is fantastic they create to support them. Very cool rhythms and instrumentals; quite a departure from most hip hop/rap I've heard (which, admittedly, is not a significant sample size). My only real criticism is the lyrics sometimes seem to me to be a bit heavy-handed, but that's forgivable in this context. "Music And Politics" is so cool; reminds me of Beatnik stuff but sounds much more contemporary. I really want to check out their other album (looks like they made only two...too bad; I would LOVE to hear their artistic take on current times).

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“Michael Franti's "intellectual grasp thrusts him immediately into pop's front rank.” I BLOODY LOVE MICHAEL FRANTI.

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4

Ah man, i've got to make notes as I listen rather than a week later, so I've re-listened. This is industrial, alternative hip hop, with some great samples. Very well produced, with interesting themes.

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I didn't listen to hip hop until recently so I'm late to the game. Really enjoying the 90s rap & hiphop scene. Enjoyed this album though by the last two songs, it was blending together. Great lyrics. Great propulsive beat. Added to my collection.

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4

Pretty good. Took me a while to get into. But once you're in, you're in.

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4

This is such a well thought out album. Every track on here had a message, the lyrics were incredible. Felt like a mix of rap and spoken word. I enjoyed this album a lot Favourite songs: Satanic Reverses, Socio-Genetic Experiment, Music and Politics

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Preach

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p686, 1992. 3.5 stars, leaning towards 4. Came to this absolutely cold. Don't usually like rap or hiphop but this was surprisingly good. Excellent production and accessible. Would happily listen to this again.

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4

Quite liked this. Seemed simple but that made it easy to listen to, and for him to get his message across. "The Winter of the Long Hot Summer" and "Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury" my favourite tracks.

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4

very interesting album. talks about some deep stuff. was pleasantly surprised at how much i liked it

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4

Cool instrumentals with politically charged lyrics. I dig it. Favourites: "Television The Drug Of The Nation", "Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury", "Music And Politics"

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enjoyed the sound!

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4

Wow! I really liked this album. Great stories and told clearly (disclaimer, my suckass hearing needs discernable words). Hit me in the intellectuals with his thoughtful approach to describing the modern hypocrisy

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Solo conocía "Television, the Drug of the Nation" por ser teloneros en las giras de U2 y Rage against the machine. Pero el disco en general empieza bien con "Satanic Reverses" , "Famous and Dandy (Like Amos and Andy)" y "Television, the Drug of the Nation". Después también estan bien: "Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury", "Everyday Life Has Become a Health Risk" y "Music and Politics". El disco es hip-hop de los 90, fue importante en su momento y como referencia general está bastante bien para mi gusto, pero no creo que sea algo imprescindible para la mayoría de la gente.

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this is one hell of a Rap album..like nothing I've heard before. Highly political but globally so. Their song Television; The Drug of the Nation is jaw droppingly good. And other songs are just as intelligent. The vocals are fantastic...deep resonant, sounding at times like Chuck D but with more soul. The songs are musically interesting and yet easily accessible. Unfortunately Tidal has blocked 3 or 4 songs so I will have to find the album on youtube to get the full experience (I'm especially looking forward to hearing their take on the Dead Kennedy's California Ales.) As it is it's a 4.5 star album

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Very nice!

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Oh yeah, this is great! Nascent industrial hip-hop. I was familiar with "Television, The Drug of the Nation" of course, but hadn't heard anything else by them. It's a little bit clunky in places so not quite 5 stars, but I appreciate the experimentation... Fave track - "California Über Alles" - gotta love some Dead Kennedys getting recycled!

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4

This takes itself so damn serious, it's more a lecture than an album. It was sometimes jawdropping how relevant it all is 30 years later. All these fears from 1992 are still a big problem or have come to fruition. Hong Kong troubles (Satanic Reverses), code-switching and black minstrelism (Amos and Andy), TV propaganda (TV the Drug), war as theater (Winter), racial health disparities in San Francisco (Everyday Life), upside-down public spending (Financial Leprosy), smarmy gov wants to be prez (CA Uber Alles).... on one hand, it makes me think it's not so bad now if it was always this bad. On the other hand that's damn depressing. I can't give it a 5 in my arbitrary rating system because it's not a lot of replay value. But damn this is a good one. I had no idea about Michael Franti's prior incarnation as a worthy peer of Public Enemy.

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4

Not a fan of hip-hop, for the first time I found myself able to actually listen to the lyrics. While the music might be a tad repetitive, their words managed to convey a strong message. Just like poetry. Makes me sad their social critique is still on point 30 years later.

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4

Poetically incredible, I wish the musicality of individual songs were a bit differentiated which is why it’s losing a star, but overall impressive album.

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Damn. How have I never heard of this album? It totally fits with all the political rap of the 90's but clearly these guys didn't get the play of Public Enemy, NWA, etc. Which is a shame because Michael Franti's lyrics are incredible. Satanic Reverses, Famous and Dandy, Television the Drug of the Nation - what a start to the album. I love how he calls out all of our stupid sheepism and idiot boxing (just substitute tv for social media to get today) in the latter two. I also respect him for not calling out certain issues and then being an asshole on other issues. Case in point, how many other hip hop artists back then did you hear rallying against anti-gay stuff? Language of Violence was refreshing for that reason. Could've used a bit more variety in the beats and delivery (the title track and Dead Kennedy's cover had some of that - more of that please) but really solid album.

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4

Listened to this a while after I was supposed to

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4

Wow! What a surprising album! He might not have the best flow or the most catchy beats, but the lyrics and sincerity make this album outstanding. We can found there more than punchlines, these are literally punch-paragraphs. The title is also absolute gold. Really great one!

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4

Great lyrics, but weak delivery. Still a very good rap album!

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4

Great old school hip hop album with lyrics charged with politics and anger. The beats and use of samples are also great, it almost sound like industrial hip hop at times. That guy isn't the best rapper around though, his monotonous delivery drives the album a little on the linear side, but all in all this is good stuff.

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4

Slow start but some excellent tracks

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4

This was definitely interesting, really enjoyed

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4

While some of the lyrics fall into cringe territory (at least to a modern ear), this stands as a prime example of everything that was great about early-90s conscious hip-hop.

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4

Really like this one, nice beats and feels more like my type of hip-hop. Also liked most of the social messages, even if some of them did feel a little preachy after an hour.

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4

was this written in 1992 or 2022? super prescient actually like it. pretty chill hiphop vibes

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4

A totally worthwhile hip-hop release. Sounding very late-80s rather than early 90’s. The sad part is the themes still reign far too true.

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The golden age of hip hop. Never heard this before but it's pure gold.

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Reminds me of a young chuck D

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3

Very Public Enemy-esque

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Better than I remember, but still must be in the mood.

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Meget samfundskritisk album, med meget lange numre. Sur rap med gode observationer. Men beatsne bliver ensformige og den virker fanget i dens tid

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3

This is cool. I only knew one of the tracks, but the whole thing was good.

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Kinda neat old school 90s “deep thought” hip hop. Lots of social commentary, sort of like Gil Scott-Heron

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Interesting, old school rap. Very political. Beats are a bit too outdated for me, but I can see this being quite fresh in the early 90s

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Definitely like the delivery and seriousness. It paints an interesting picture of the era and the issues/concerns/challenges. It feels more like a story and though i give incredible props to the content, it's not something that i would gravitate to listening multiple times. Still impressive and enjoyable on the first listen.

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3

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I would give this a 3 just for the pun of "HipHopCrisy". But this is very solid.

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Better than I expected. They're definitely there to share a viewpoint.

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"After all the feces they dumped on my species" is a jokes lyric

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Sounds like the definition of conscience rap.

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Never heard of this before. Liked the vibe and the sentiment although it got a bit samey. Influenced Hed PE, not sure that's anything to write home about. 6.5/10

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I'll be going back to this. I'm not versed in hip hop/rap. I enjoyed this.

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3

Cool vibe but didn’t totally get into it. Would probs benefit from a second listen

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Politically charged hip-hop. I don't think there's a topic h doesn't touch on: war, drugs, recession, race. Not a relaxing listen but definitely interesting.

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I've very much been in the right lane so far this week with Jefferson Airplane and CS&N so my heart sank when I saw this come up. To my pleasure it's a very interesting album which provides social commentary on a number of late 80's /early 90's issues which seem just as relevant today.

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Old school rap with a deeply political message. Serving as a protest outlet, this effort from Hiphoprisy takes aim at society, its issues, and where we can hope to grow all to smooth beats and samples.

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The album isn’t awful but the lyrics really make this album feel less like an album and more akin to a lecture. This can be seen as a positive, as it makes the songs have a real meaning and critique, but it could have been handled better. The instrumentals do leave a lot to desire but it does have some good style to it. The best point of the album is the straight outta left field cover of California Uber Alles by Dead Kennedy’s near the end.

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I get that this must've been pretty groundbreaking for 1992 in terms of rap, there's none of the "chains, bitches and money" lines/songs that many casual fans usually attribute to hip hop music. I'm not really sure, however, if that's a good thing, because even though their subject material is still relevant in this day and age, I can't help but cringe a little at the way the songs and vocals come out. "Television is the drug of the nation" okay, that's true I guess? Not sure if I would go around praising someone for pointing that out (although the parallels to smartphones, social media, etc. are pretty interesting) I almost can't help but feel like this is something that would come out if a politician decided to team up with a rapper to preach about more political problems to the youth. Definitely something that I could see myself having to sit through in class back in high school when the "woke" teacher decided to show this to the young black youth. Maybe political rap just isn't for me(?) Overall feelings - very good for what it is, probably a 9/10 in terms of political/woke rap, but I'm not a big fan of it personally - if I had to rate it by how likely I am to come back to this or listen to it on the train to university or whatever, this would probably get a 5 or 6.

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It was alright. Very political. Attempt at being "Public Enemy." Early '90s. Couldn't listen to the full album, some songs were blocked on Spotify

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they have a lot of power in their message but dont think id come back to it

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Ovaj album u neku ruku dosta, dosta podsjeća na Public Enemy. Jebiga, politički nastrojen album, glas sličan glasu od Chuck-a (D), jedino možda da nisu tako duge pjesme sunce mu. Sve nekih 5-6 minuta. Al taj eerie piano u Water Pistol Man, uf. Sve u svemu dobar album, al ne pretjerano.

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Good messaging, but meh execution.

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Never heard this one before, so this one is all new to me. Album is pretty woke, and really goes into a lot of issues that plaguing us today. Even gets into GMOs' and pesticides on food. Takes on tv, radiation, violence, homophobia. I think it's a really solid piece of hip-hop and music in the general. It's very much Textbook good. He raps crispy and clear, bar work is good, and it's got tons of meaning. It's really solid. The production I think could use some mixing, and some of the beats are kinda bland. Nothing too crazy on that end. Outside of that, they sound like have a real Public enemy inspired sound. Plus they do a cover of the dead Kennedys californa uber allies, and that's super neat to me honestly.

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Really great lyrics but unfortunately it does not flow.

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Preachy, but that's okay

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This is another one of those super political ones, but the music is fun. 0RS

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Cool slam-like lyrics, classic beats

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Interesting album. Never heard of them. Unlikely to revisit but fun nonetheless.

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Whole album not on spotify

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I was well into this when it first started. Though after a while it all generally faded into oneness. I'd struggle to pick out specific moments for you. I was taking care of a leeeeetle bit of work when it was on so I get the impression you gottsta listen to whatever the hell they're trying to say but I just couldn't stomach the attention for it. Would listen again. Let's be honest, this has got FOUR written all over it but let's slap a 3 on it and be done with it.

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Un flow pas pire, tres engage et production minimaliste qui rend bien les paroles. 3

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12. Hypocrisy is the greatest luxury - The Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy. 13 tracks. I don't mind hip hop as long as I can understand the lyrics and this was better than ok if a little "samey". 3/5.

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Más hip hop. Tiene momentos buenos, no lo niego: a veces estaba sin darme cuenta medio bailando y todo, pero me pareció largo y ese estilo de rapeo que es más bien un discurso me cansa bastante y lo usa prácticamente todas las rolas. Además siento que casi todas las letras son como de onda moral o algo así. No es que quiera que hablen de bling bling (eso en serio no me gusta) pero de pronto sí se siente que es una y otra y otra rola con esa carga.

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Hmmm... ja. Vi är återigen tillbaka vid den allt så återkommande hip-hopen, på gott och ont. Jag vill komma närmare genren och kanske att detta är ett steg i rätt riktning? Så långt som själva rappandet går har jag inte så mycket att säga, just den delen av musik har jag helt enkelt ingen fallenhet för. MEN, det jag gör denna gång (jag vet inte om det är The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy som gör det eller om det är mer av ett val från mig att tackla det på det viset), är att jag lägger större märke till saker i låtarna som inte är kopplat till rappen. Mycket sköna baslinjer och intressanta ljud och knep som tar över, vilket gör detta till en mycket mer trivsam upplevelse än mycket annan hip-hop jag konsumerat. Med det sagt så kommer ändå den där känslan av ointresse som så ofta kommer, men det är betydligt mer sällan än vad jag tidigare upplevt. Jag tänker välja att tro att The Disposable Heroes of Hyphoprisy känner att dom inte behöver stå i centrum, att allt inte ska handla om den som står och slänger ur sig de poetiska och fräna orden i rapp fart, att det inte bara är att dra igång ett soft beat och ha en cool text. Utan att det handlar om så mycket mer. Jag väljer att göra denna bedömning, vilket höjer dom i mina ögon, och vidare också höjer albumets kvalite i mina öron. Bäst: Jag gillar "Music And Politics" och "Television The Drug Of The Nation"

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Bon album old school hip hop, mais pas le plus groundbreaking non plus. Bonne production mais style de rap un peu redondant. Ça serait bien d'avoir l'album au complet sur les plateformes de streaming pour le réécouter.

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Interesting early conscious rap. Liked the lyrics, music was very generic, not a lot of movement.

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Quite enjoyable, but a little too preachy at times. I mean, "Television, the Drug of the Nation" has not exactly aged well. That would have fallen on deaf ears during the lockdown. I can't imagine how these dudes feel about smartphones. It's still better than most rap albums I've heard so far from this list. But like seemingly all rap albums, it's a little long. Is there some rule that every rap album needs to be over an hour in length?

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Not really a big fan of this "lecture disguised as music" type of thing. There were definitely some clever turns of phrases that elevated this a little bit but it was still a little too preachy for me. Has a distinct Public Enemy feel in some places. Also much of the album just seemed like reciting poetry over a beat.

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Veeeeerrry socially conscious. The messages were raw and well put together, so much focus was put in the lyrics and the tone was consistent throughout the album. The beats were great too, but sometimes the more spoken word delivery style didn't mesh as well with the musical elements and felt a bit disjointed. The message was clear but the flow wasn't as on point as what would have put this over the edge.

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3-; a lot of meaningful lyrics, A LOT. Important political problems, this layer of the album is a real top, but flow and instrumental are very repetitious. I enjoyed it, it was worthwhile.

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Prophetic!

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I hadn't checked this out before but now it's clearly reminiscent of Public Enemy with a stern and somewhat cynical rebuke to the ills of society. I have to admit that the issues from the early 90's seem quaint, as in nothing has changed since then except for getting worse. The beats/samples and the figurative orator's podium pounding really draw in your attention. It differentiates from PE in that there is no jester like Flavor Flav for levity, so it does feel like an extended lecture by the school principal, or a 'scared straight' counselor.

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I’m a fan of Franti across his projects and solo output. Musically this did not do so much for me, just no my style. Lyrically the preach factor tended to outweigh flow, a borderline he transgresses pretty commonly (not to impugn the messages, it just doesn’t all gel for me as a whole composition)

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I wanted to give this a 5 for the first 30 seconds - the music is great, old mate's voice is pretty cool when he gets flowing - but the lyrics are beyond shithouse. It's just a collection of surface-level societal complaints that made me roll my eyes whenever they stuck out. TV bad, coca-cola bad, racism bad, healthcare system bad, mobile phones bad, society in general bad. I can take the "I'm 14 and this is deep" approach, I have no problem with it (see: RATM), but the delivery needs to fucking THUMP (see again: RATM). This guy's delivery fell short whenever the lyrics were at their cringiest - surely he felt silly saying half this shit. Bad combo. That being said, once I managed to tune out of the words this was very, very listenable. It had those old school hip-hop beats, turntable shit, and the Chuck D impression really should make a reappearance someday soon. Today's rappers are all bland by comparison. 3/5.

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Should’ve given this more attention.. sounded good, but didn’t really invest. One to revisit!

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I'm sure that this is an essential hip-hop album and it listens to it in 1992 probably was a great thing. 30 years later (!!!), it sounds like a very good hip-hop album, which is also impressive, but not so impressive as it was in the 90s.

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This is . . . not a very good hip-hop album. I was really excited to hear it after reading the Wikipedia entry. There are samples from a bunch of songs that I really like. It's from a cool era of hip-hop that has a bunch of hidden gem albums I haven't heard yet. It's politically conscious. The execution is lacking, however. Michael Franti provides a very superficial analysis of the world. The lyrics just aren't good, and he doesn't rhyme very well. Rapping without rhyming is just talking in a weird cadence. This album leaves me feeling flat in much the same way I felt when I saw Michael Franti and Spearhead live. It feels like it could be good, but it's not. It feels lazy. Every song feels like he was inspired to try and make a Public Enemy song, but then he got tired halfway through and gave up. 3/5 The political content and music are pulling a lot of weight in this score. He is talking about a lot of issues that were not common points of discussion at the time. He's just talking about them without much insight

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Comença de forma magnífica amb el seus primers dos temes, i no baixa gaire el nivell al llarg del recorregut. Es repenja massa, però, en l'activisme i missatge polític que empapa tot el minutage del disc. Malgrat tot, i tot i la seva duració, més d'una hora, és un dels pocs discos de hip hop que no es fan pesats i llargs i fa un bon paper com un dels llegats rellevants de la primera meitat dels '90

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Good but too long....

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A little dated, but I kinda like the simple beats and the naïve lyrics

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His insight is strong, but his flow is weak.

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This album reminds me a bit of the scene in Chasing Amy where they're at the comic book convention, and everyone is at a panel. And the one guy (Hooper X) starts making claims about Star Wars that are WAY overreaching. This felt like, although they were making salient points, it was very much hitting me over the head with very little subtlety. Public Enemy seemed... tame in comparison. After three or four songs, it just got... tiresome. A track or two is good, and definitely "Television, the Drug of the Nation" was great. But still... I needed to lighten up after that. Phew.

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I consider it diet Public Enemy. Not bad though it felt a bit bloated at times. Speaking as a Dead Kennedys fan,I liked this version of California Uber Alles. Overall. Not bad, but far from great.

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Great idea and two or three great tracks, but it doesn’t hold up with some others.

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As described by the group, this is like eating vegetables. Solid concept, but beats you over the head with politics. Great for a listen, terrifying that it's still relevant, but not repeatable for enjoyment.

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I believe this album came up the last go round. A nice social activism themed album and group along the lines of Public Enemy. My only complaint is that some songs unavailable on Spotify.

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Mostly interesting because of the industrial elements, but not bad overall. Definitely a product of its time. Perhaps a more hip-hop version of Ministry’s The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste.

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The very thing that makes this album compelling is also what makes this album one that I'll likely never put on heavy rotation. Its unapologetic intensity is both captivating and exhausting. The elements of hip-hop appeal to your rhythm and soul, while the precisely selected and timed lyrics charge your mind, and the industrial musical palette grind across all of the grains refusing to let your senses relax. That is, until the track 'Music And Politics', which is a jazzy and vibrant guitar jam paired with a self-effacing analysis spoken over the top. The album remains intense, but on a different level, for that one track. Then back to the program. The album overall is as avant-garde as it is gritty and real. Comparisons to Gil Scott-Heron, Public Enemy, Arrested Development, and industrial aspects of groups Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and White Zombie are all apt, but also only represent pieces of the picture.

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I didn’t listen to this one so i’am just gonna put 3 starts and then listen in my own time.

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I have a thing for old school hiphop from the 80's/90's, but I haven't listened to alot of different artists in that genre. Hency why I never heard of these guys. I like the old school vibe of the album, the music, the use of samples, etc. Although it saddens me that alot of theme's which are mentioned on the album are still problems we have today.

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Interesting!

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I didn't have high hopes going into this album but I thoroughly enjoyed the parts of it that were on Spotify. While it's on the talkier side of experimental hip hop, I liked the radical messaging and each song made me want to make molotov cocktails or something. It's a shame a third of the album isn't on spotify but hey the parts that are on there are good

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I'd never heard of this group and started listening to it... then I found out this is the hiphop group that Michael Franti was in. I've seen Michael Franti live and had absolutely no idea he did this before his current projects. His music has definitely changed but his politics hasn't. It was an interesting listen but a little to on the nose for me.

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Enjoyed a few tracks on this but the preachiness got to me after a little while. Basically it felt like Jack Dangers production with Consolidated vocals and themes laid over top of it. Which it literally is. Most unexpected but also cool to hear Charlie Hunter on this album!

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Not my favorite type of music but I respect that artistry and uniqueness

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'Television...' is amazing. Fun album, lots of angles without the anger of a Public Enemy or a RATM.

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New to me. The strong spoken political lyrics are distinctive. The lengthy backing tracks do get a bit repetitive at times but overall it stands out from standard gangsta hip hop. 3

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don't think it holds up today

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Didn't hold up as well as I'd hoped.

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There's some good production here, but I'm sorry, this is some of the corniest rapping I've ever heard. Maybe back in the day it was better received, but the years have made the lyrics really surface level. Maybe you had to be there.

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Just not a big fan.

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just kinda exhausting to listen to

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Not for me.

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The first track hits hard. Angry anti-establishment anti-religion political hiphop. Could have been written yesterday. Some of the songs are definitely long winded and after a while you realize each song is a political monologue... it gets a little exhausting. By Music and Politics it gets very exhausting.

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Coñazo, como todo el hip hop?

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JLAC giveth with the Smiths. JLAC taketh away with hip hop. Its alright. Very of its time- like an edgy Will Smith. Some interesting samples and lyrics but i wasn't blown away by it. 2/5

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derivative as shit

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Interesting lyrics and was especially interesting to hear about the issues that were being faced in 1992. Especially since so many of them are sadly still problems 30 years later. That one song about television being bad for you, interesting how it's just become so much more part of our society and we're worried about smart phone and social media these days. However, I didn't really enjoy listening to it. The rapping didn't ever really change flow or tempo and it was all a bit repetitive

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Very old style rapping. Not particularly aged well. The songs drag on and are a bit boring, some are 8 min and the same flow all through gets a bit bland. no doubt an important record in its time.

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Not great

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Eh… idk… I feel like any profound radical edge this might have had at the time is kinda cliched and dated now. Like, the things he’s saying are still mostly true, it’s just they’ve been said a million times and mostly been done better

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not all songs available on Apple Music. not my kind of music

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I didn’t care for the music, but the message is great and still very relevant.

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Jazzy and political. Sounds like Public Enemy. Songs range from ok to bad but some redeemable qualities. I like California Uber Alles but I'd much rather hear the original. The jazz in Music and Politics is nice but the lyrical overlay sucks. Why are they all so long? Some variation would be nice. Honestly the best song is Television The Drug of the Nation. If the others were like it (and shorter), I would rate the album higher.

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This is hardly music, sounds more like a sermon or ted talk

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It’s start promisingly enough, but quickly became repetitive and tedious. Boy this album os long on its very one dimensional. These guys have a message and they are gonna beat you over the head with that message for a full hour. Cuz see they are smarter than you, they see things you don’t see and understand the world in a way you do not, got it? Maybe this would be more palatable if they were so condescending in their approach. And actually at time the lyrics are laughably bad. Atrocious even. Listening to this so many years after it was released you could suggest the lyrics were prophetic but the truth is that simply nothing has really changed. They fancy themselves as political poets, in reality they are just a shit imitation of other bands who have done this type of thing much better.

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Political hip hop is not really my jam. Spoken word at an open mic night - sure.

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This is an emigma, its technically a decent album. Good instrumentals and voice, and would be best suited playing at night, but just couldn't get into it. Felt bored after the first half and got a bit repetitive. It's a 5 but as I didn't enjoy it, 2 stars.

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Muito tempo ouvindo rap não é pra mim. Pelo menos tem um sample de California über Alles

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I like the social commentary, but most of these songs just repeat the same words and go on for too long.

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It's not necessarily bad, just a bit too intense.

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“Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury” by The Disposable Heroes of Hiphopistry (1992) This album is not so much recorded music as it is a collection of lengthy poems which can be characterized as politically motivated doggerel, with very occasional highlights of cleverness and thought provoking synthetic connections. Lyricist/MC Michael Franti’s political claims are too frequently unsubtle, confused, and governed by a tendentious selectivity that amounts to cookie-cutter left wing radicalism. This criticism applies as well to his positions with which I personally agree (such as “Television, the Drug of the Nation”). But Franti’s politics lack both internal consistency and nuance. For example, although television as a ‘cathode ray nipple’ is a powerful metaphor, it is spoiled by confusion with previous line “imagination is sucked out of children”, where the sucking goes the opposite direction. It’s incoherent. The one grand exception to this admittedly grim assessment is the masterful “Music and Politics”, where we get a glimpse of humility, transparency, and a healthy dose of self deprecation, almost turning the rest of the album on its head. But the most potent passages of this track are too obscene to use here as illustrations. It is both curious and nice, however, to simply note that humility and obscenity are not mutually exclusive. There are some powerful grooves, but once they start, they are unrelentingly repetitive and monotonously unmusical. Talented performances of jazz electric guitar (especially “Music and Politics”), bass, and drums are the only good musical features on this otherwise lamentable record (although it is relatively well produced). In a recording such as this, diction is essential, and Franti’s diction could stand much improvement. Performed poetry loses potency when consonants are swallowed by gluttonous vowels. While there is so much that could be improved, given the political impetus, one must ask “Should it?” 2/5

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