Welcome to the Afterfuture is a studio album by American hip hop musician Mike Ladd. It was released on Ozone Music in 2000.Wikipedia
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Que dire de Mike Ladd... Et bien pas grand chose puisque personne ne le connaît. Je vais donc profiter de cette critique pour vous faire part de quelque chose. Vous savez bien que mon compère eltrapeze et moi sommes très dévoués à l'exercice qu'impose ce générateur, à savoir l'écriture de "reviews" toutes plus inspirées les unes que les autres. Nous sommes, de ce fait, absolument persuadés qu'il existe parmi vous des admirateurs inconditionnels de nos écrits. C'est pourquoi nous vous offrons la possibilité de nous contacter. Pour ce faire, rien de plus simple : écrivez sous l'album Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo de ce cher MC Solaar la phrase "Mike Ladd est le fils de Robert Dimery." Vous serez ensuite informés de la suite des événements par un faisceau d'indices et différents messages codés à déchiffrer dans nos critiques ultérieures. Bien à vous.
Mike Ladd, more like Mike Badd
A Surprise! Excellent album which I had never heard of from an artist I had similarly never heard of before. This is the kind of album that makes this whole list and this website a lot of fun. This guy has a *very* Madvillain/MF Doom vibe. If you like them, you'll like Mike. I was going to go with four stars, but I really think I've talked myself up to 5. This was truly excellent.
They need a 0 option.
this was surprisingly good. i especially liked the last track (Feb 4 '99), which was an interesting and powerful departure from the rest of the album, but still totally fit.
Unexpectedly good. This was a great find - very electronicish, Deltron3030-esque, perfect future-forward sound. if I could give 4.5 stars I would.
Incredible beats and vibes, just slightly underwhelming flows.
i think i liked it?
Meh. Maybe influential on music outside of my taste. At least it was somewhat listenable
Interesting. I like where it’s going but don’t know if it got where it wants to be.
I probably could die without having had listened to this. I can appreciate the experimental hip hop sound, but it's kind of all over the place
Wow! Heavy jazz influenced hip hop album. Unexpected for sure, but a welcome surprise.
Mike Ladd's WELCOME TO THE AFTERFUTURE is a pretty wild trip that I really enjoyed taking. He won me over on the opening track, "I’m 5000 miles west of my future, Where’s my floating car, my utopia? My Mars colonies, like it’s supposed to be? Space 1999." I can relate. I'm not predisposed to relate to rap albums, but I fell in love with the science fiction vibe and all the ethereal music and atmosphere. There are a lot of compelling lyrics. This is one of the more unique and one of the best rap albums I've ever listened to. Some of my favorites: "5,000 Miles West of the Future", "Planet 10," "To The Moon's Contractor," "The Animist," "Wipe Out on the Wave of Armageddon"
love it. its like a slam poet made a Deltron 3030 prequel and went back in time and released it the month before Deltron came out. Also El-P on track 5.
Based on almost nothing other than the name, I wasn't expecting to like this but I liked it a lot. It's somehow at once lofi and sophisticated, laid back and sharp edged.
pretty good hip hop/electronic trend - but a bit crass.
really cool. kinda like MF Doom type spoken word rap but with modern beats
I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. Pretty good.
A present from the past
It certainly held my interest throughout, though not all of it seemed exactly to be music. I don't think I grasped that much of the lyrics really, with their rapid fire flow and dense cultural references.
Love the music on this album. I've said it more than once this year: there's something about hip hop that appeals to me. This one feels a bit more experimental WRT the orchestration than most, and I liked it more as a result. Solid 4 stars.
1. Is this a rock album or hip hop album :\ 2.Ok this is hard potential playlist add 3.Where are we going? 4.This album sceams experimental in your ear bruh 5.Finally another good song potetntial playlist 6.Defintitely an add 7.ight 8.ight 9.ight 10. yes idk why this album is all instrumentals this guy has a really good cadence and if i was catholic my name would be chris! 11.Space mothafucka 12. pop yo perc(add) 13.yes 14.good album 4/5
Dit album ga ik nog eens op mijn gemak beluisteren. Lekker album
I'm surprised I've never heard of Mike Ladd before, but this album is right up my alley. Very Swayze!
Shocked to see an album with so few listens show up in this list (per Spotify at least) but it was actually quite good. A strong flow with some strong highs, few real lows.
I really liked the one about the moons contractor, very complex and lots of levels and that
This is cool! I've never heard of Mike Ladd but really enjoyed listening to this album. It's like a hip hop spin on Zero 7 which can only be good news for me. It's got top qual rap and lyrics with some really cool sounds over the top and it put me in a good mood. A good new discovery! Lots of really interesting global influences throughout the album so it held my interest well throughout. Only thing bringing it down to a 4 star job is some songs had stressful noises like Red Eye to Jupiter.
I'm surprised with this album. I was expecting just some generic electronic samples and basic hip-hop, but I found a very deep album with some really good songs. It's impressive how these songs are recognizable in modern rap/hip-hop songs.
A decent listen, though I'm not really sure why this made it onto the list... 7/10
This album and artist are new to me. I ran kinda warm and cool (not really hot and cold) with it. A chill laid back beat would start and I’d be grooving to the moment that I would realize that I had zoned out and then think, “oh geez, is this track still going?!?” The giddy moment when he put ‘cornucopia’ in a rhyme (I just love that) to the furrowed brow when I think “did he just say ‘pee pee on’ something?” Just back and forth... The last track landed me on the warm side, and so here we are.
It definitely caught my attention when the first track made a "Space: 1999" reference. That was just the first of a lot of intriguing references. Did he just refer to "Mummenshanz"? The mix of painful contemporary realities and speculative fiction was fascinating to me, even if a lot of it is not something I want to go back to listening to for pleasure. "Red Eye to Jupiter," for example makes a "Trouble with Tribbles" reference, but I don't think I'll choose to play that one again. "To the Moon's Contractor" was...long? But there were also songs I really enjoyed, like "5,000 Miles West of the Future" and "Airwave Hysteria." Why couldn't I find more information about Mike Ladd? "Feb. 4 '99" definitely gave me a glimpse into a story I wanted to know better.
I really enjoyed this. Mike Ladd was a new artist to me. Like the Afterfuture concept throughout, and lots of interesting and inventive ideas here. Reminded me of stuff like Anti Pop Consortium in places (who I love). Only downside was I felt the album is a little long and I lost focus a bit for the last few tracks.
Very enlightening! Entertaining!
Starship N*gger, outer Space Motherfucker. one of the few times i've really enjoyed the use of the N word in music. maybe one day when i'm in the middle of the woods with no one around i might sing along. though even writing that makes me feel nervous i'll get cancelled. album started really slowly, picked up and then was actually decent. piss poor name.
Experimental hip hop and i loved it. More of this please
If I was Jewish my name would be Jared If I was Muslim my name would be Ibrahim If I was Catholic, my name would be... CHRIS! Loved this, never heard of it before.
I hadn't heard of Mike Ladd before receiving this album, and I guess I was slightly daunted by reviewing another hip-hop album after my severely negative reaction to Fear of a Black Planet earlier this week. Of course, hip-hop is a diverse genre, and it's immoral to judge someone for the iniquities of another. So, I postponed reviewing this for a few days in order to try and approach it open-mindedly. And I liked it, but I didn't love it. Mind, I get a few hints that this is a album not really seeking to be loved. From what I have gathered, Mike Ladd is a whale of an MC in the underground hip-hop brigade who happens to have been a lecturer on poetry at NYU. And I can't deny that this album is a dense, intricately constructed work. The album explicitly draws influence from Afrofuturism and, more broadly, science fiction. 1984, Blade Runner and the works of William Gibson all get allusions, and the bonkers Saturnian jazz leader Sun Ra casts an immense shadow over this album. As such, one can admire the grand scope and craft of Welcome to the Afterfuture, but one can also recognise that such a enterprise will leave some cold: some people just despise sci-fi as tedious piffle. Me, I can enjoy the occasional knee-trembler with, say, a Kubrick film or a JG Ballard novel, but I have no yearning to tackle any form of Dune. This album will appeal to some as much as it will appal others, and others like me will just consider it alright. I should point out as well that the album is rather low-key in its tone. This album isn't hook driven, nor especially virtuousic lyrically. The craft can't really be faulted, but it doesn't elate. I believe this is purposeful; the themes invite contemplation, not joy. This is an album best enjoyed alone, gone midnight. It's an album to admire, not adore. But the by, on the song The Animist, he talks about what his name would be if he were Jewish (Jared), Muslim (Ibrahim) and Catholic (Chris). The name Mike, which I assume is short for Michael, comes from the Old Testament, meaning it's a Jewish and latterly Christian name (and Michael is an archangel in Islam, though I don't know if Michael is a common name in Islamic cultures). Did he forget his own name?
I liked this album a lot more than I thought I would. Conscious and/or abstract hip-hop is always welcome. The groovy double bass throughout the album was very nice and the keyboard sounds were sometimes even reminiscent of Radiohead. The flow of Mike Ladd is varied and perfect. The only flaw of the album is that it was too long.
At first, I viewed this with trepidation (I generally don’t like rap), but it proved really good. The blend between rap and ambient worked surprisingly well.
Reminds me of Dan the Automator. I can't believe I had never heard this before!?
I like the album and it's sound alot. Only downside is it isn't available on Apple Music or Spotify. You can find it on YouTube, and I did, but only made it through half.
Neat and different.
Hiphopin valkea puoli... Hiphopin luvattu perse.. paljas... loistaa ilta-auringossa.... Aurinko vielä matalalla... Ei hohda oranssina.. saatika punaisena.. Valkoiset posket.. Hohde.. Soolona kaveri tuottanu... Aika hyvin osannu experimentaaliset biisit tuotattaa levylle... Ja hyvin hittaa tää levy... Spotifysta otettu pois tämä albumi... Miksi? Kuunteliko spotify itekkää.. ihan hyvää se on.. erilaista hipsukka hoppia.. Music Music Avantgarde, rikotaan vähän länsimaisia tottumuksia..Ei silti kuullosta oudolta tai pakotelta rikkomiseslta. Kaveri taitaa tämän lajin... ..... niin... ....Joskus on näissä saatanallissa genreissä ongelmana se että ne ovat lyriikoiltaan vastenmielisiä.. irstaita... ja rivoja.. ehkä tämäkin oli... ei kuitenkaan hyppinyt silmille.. Referenssejä blade runneriin ja star warssiin.. se hyväksyttävää, vaikka länsimaista hapatusta.. olen yrittänyt vähentää... Taikina pallo kasvaa.. hapatteen takia.. Maha meikäläiselle ei sovi.. Amerikkalaismalli, E-Luokan kerma E-1....
(Had to go to YouTube for this one. Not currently on streaming services in the US) An experimental, dystopian future hip-hop concept album in the vein of Dr. Octagon and Deltron 3030. While not quite as enjoyable or essential as those records, “Welcome to the Afterfuture” melds IDM-ish electronica and hip hop well and doesn’t sounded dated in the least. …but I’m gonna do the thing I find myself doing a lot while navigating this list: recommend an album that should’ve been included instead of this one. The aforementioned Deltron 3030, also released in 2000, works better as a concept record, with more interesting production, unique lyrical flow and more stylistic variation. No disrespect to Mike Ladd, Welcome to the Afterfuture is a very good record, and, thus far, is the most enjoyable of the records I don’t feel belong on the list: I’m especially enjoying the stereolab-ish “To the Moon’s Contractor”, there is an Air-like downtempo feel to a lot of the songs and, just now, a reference to listening to bootlegs of The Fall, which was unexpected for a sci-fi hip-hop record. I’m just a little puzzled by its inclusion over Deltron 3030’s, given how influential and highly regarded that record is. Solid 4/5.
It's an interesting album, even if it's hip hop, the mos interesting part is the music by itself.
I like this Mike lad. Reminds me of some chill outer space vibe nyc rapper shit. Get in with it weirdo. Noice.
I never heard of this Ladd before but I didn’t mind it.
Dziwna, ale miała kilka dobrych kawałków
Pretty good. Not pretty pretty good but pretty good. Reminded me of DJ Shadow. Complex interesting sound. I enjoyed the non vocal parts more than the vocals. Could be a four star with more listens
Great early 00's hip-hop. I must confess I had no idea about this one, but loved the production and the overall vibes, like a more electronic sort of hip-hop (as opposed to old-school sampling). So yeah, the "future" part in "Afterfuture" does have sense here.
Interesting chill hip hop. Kind of gives me Radiohead or Dan the Automator vibes. Not really sure what makes this 'essential' though honestly as much as I enjoy it.
I liked it, but seeing as it's 1001 albums you must listen to before you DIE... I would have rather seen something along the lines of CoFlow or FanDam or something by Automator. I think those are more influential and frankly, better examples of this style of hip-hop.
It was okay
I liked the beats, but I couldn't find my way into the lyrics of the song. Partly very difficult music to relax to. (5/10) Favourite Track: Bladerunners
Rap even beluisterd
Niet al te aandachtig beluisterd maar het was wel leuk met momenten.
Really interesting weird hip hop, sounds like Deltron 3030. Can't believe i'd not heard of him
Not bad. I'm a little surprised I haven't heard of this rapper before, I've explored a lot of underground hip-hop from this era. This wouldn't be one of my first choices to represent the genre/era... My one big complaint about this album is that none of the beats really hit hard enough. The whole album has a frustratingly ethereal quality, like aural blue balls.
I'm not very familiar with Mike Ladd, but I do like the beats.
Couldn’t really get into it, the beats are boring at some point. I see the influence in triphop and all that, also the good lyrics but will not be listening to it again
At first blush, I thought this was some random British bloke doing a bad impression of hip hop. Then I learned he was signed to Def Jux and has features from El-P and Company Flow on here. So he's valid? It started weird and stayed weird, but the kind of weird that I settled into. Not something I would seek out, and I'm not sure how much I'll return to what I liked, but there were a few gems on here. Favorite tracks: Bladerunners, The Animist, Feb 4 99, Airwave Hysteria. Album art: Can't tell what I'm looking at, but I like it. The font is great, and the Japanese script on the left is cool too. 3/5
interesting beats on this one, almost reminded me of the latch brothers from jet set radio but I couldn't latch on to any of these songs. Was cool to hear through though!
unfortunately I think a lot of hip-hop suffers in my ratings because i don't pay as close attention to lyrics, especially when I'm listening to these 1001 albums at times. This had cool moments, but never gripped me. Likely due to not hearing lyrics as closely, but hey, that's me.
Good Enough to keep my attention. Highlight Tracks: 5, 6, 11, 13
Begon veelbelovend, werd raar, werd anders. Allerlei stijlen. Al met al best leuk.
Dit was moeilijk te duiden. Een aantal erg interessante nummers. Heel divers. Maar er zaten er ook een handvol tussen die ik met knarsende tanden door moest skippen. Eigenlijk 2,5 ster, maar ik ben in een coulante bui dus rond ik het naar boven af.
It samples other songs and mixes other sounds and lyrics. It was decent. I don't think that any of the songs were that memorable. I did not feel the need to skip any songs and I did not wish any of the songs to end.
Not bad at all, had some catchy beats and sounds but a little bit long and samey for my liking but would be happy to hear again.
Well at first I really wasn't into this, then it grew on me a little then I bloody loved the last song! Really confusing. The final song was a 4/5, but the rest of it was mixed for me. Hard to know what to put!
This is a record that demands attention. Like Michael Franti, Mike Ladd turns his lyrical venom towards systemic issues and not towards the typical gangsta style that makes up much of the mainstream hip hop. There's an interplanetary thread that runs through the album that examines the dystopia we're creating, which I think is a decent idea to elevate the lyrics and tie all this together to a concept. Afterfuture is not a bright one. Airwave Hysteria may be the only total miss on this one. I guess electronic music people might like it? But will they like it for 11 minutes?
Kind of interesting hip hop album though it didn't really hook me in.
5/10 I don’t care for this style of rap much, but there were some interesting sections and the beats were pretty nice.
Could always use with some underground hip hop. Very avant-garde and lofi, taking unconventional samples and applying them through chamber-like electric filters. First few songs are pretty decent, impressive raps with really nice beats, then dips from there with some highlights. It's very much dated, using primitive tools that would pale in comparison to what you or I have at our free disposal, but it's creative and consistent nonetheless. Props for having a song titled the day my best friend was born.
Had never heard of Mike Ladd before but I quite enjoyed this album. Interesting rhymes and production, would listen again. 3.5/5 stars
Thought I wouldn’t like this but it wasn’t bad at all. Decent rap with overtones of Disposable Heroes.
Wasn't really in the right head space for this one today and I think I might like it better on a day when I can pay more attention. It blended into the background...until it didn't, which was either because of explicit lyrics or lyrics about religion or Space 1999. I liked most the songs about multiples of 10 --- 5000 Miles West of the Future, Planet 10, and I Feel Like $100.
i was impressed by this album, actually. i was negatively affected by a group member's thoughts, but i do try to go in with an open mind. i'm not sure if i'd listen to this album again, but it had some cool sounds! "to the moon's contractor" in particular stuck out to me. there was some lovely indian music on this album, which was a wonderful nod to some of his upbringing in india. all lyrics were very enunciated, i had no problem hearing all lyrics, which was so important in "feb 4 '99 (for all those killed by cops)". that song title alone! i was impressed by his lyrics in this song in particular. lyrics were crafted brilliantly with metaphors!
I’ve never even heard of this, and it’s not terrible. I thought I knew all the deep in the cut underground hip-hop? It’s kind of like a poor man’s Kool Keith Dr. Octagon mashed up with Masta Ace’s Disposable Arts. It looks like it came out right between those albums too; so dare I call it the missing link? Anyway, I’m having a harder time connecting to this album then say those two above albums I mentioned. I don’t think I’ll listen to this again, even though it’s got some straight up legends on it, like El-P.
This was a nice surprise. I listened to it twice and found it Multi-layered and nuanced. I liked the more atmospheric and experimental tracks more.
Another interesting selection. This didn't sell much, was overlooked by the critics and it's main legacy is that it's on the 1001 list. That said, it's fairly interesting. I like the production, there's some adventurous samples, but the way he brings them in sounds pretty lo-fi. A lot of instrument playing is going on and not too much rapping. A bonus.
So he is fusing hip hop and avant-garde. I guess someone had to try it but I'm not sure the experiment paid off. Did it?
Really cool, fresh ideas here that just needed a little more time to really come to fruition. If this had been given more work in the studio to trim down and polish it really could have been great.
Well it's very different and I enjoy appreciate the creativity. I liked it.
I like the beats but I don't like his voice so I'll split the difference and call it a 3. He doesn't sit well in the mix and sometimes sounds like he's just reading poetry over music rather than actually flowing with the beats. It ends up leaving me feeling exhausted.
Like the futuristic sound. Another artist I have never come across before.
It was an interesting album. I did enjoy.
Interesting poetry, music sounds like UNKLE/Mo-Wax. A rapper/poet who is also interested in the music, so lots of rap-free periods. A revelation and pleasant surprise. Good music. Will listen again, could be a high 3.
I'm generally here for experimental hiphop. It's the dark corner where hiphop goes to try out new flexes and find new vibes before bringing it out into the lights for folks to look at. I think Mike Ladd did a good job here for the most part. The beats are avant-garde and the flows are non-standard. He's trying things, you know? I love that for him. Unfortunately, every track feels like our mad Ladd was trucking down a path towards something great and then... stopped short of crossing the finish line. Everything feels incomplete. And that extends to the lyrics, unfortunately. I was hoping for some significant social commentary. What I got was same-same, lazy, middle-of-the-pack verses. Half-assed and boring. Which sucks because what's here COULD have been so much better. The foundation is there. Shame, really.
I very much enjoy the sort of left field hip hop labels like Def Jux were pumping out in the 2000s so I'm not sure how this album passed me by until now. I actually listened to it twice today as it still passed me by on the first listen. Second time round it did click though and I suspect it is a grower, I'll definitely go back to it at some point. That said, I can't see it every being one of my go tos of the genre. If this has made the list, I am very much looking forward to the big hitters of the era (hello Funcrusher Plus, The Cold Vein, Fantastic Damage, Operation: Doomsday, Labor Days, Madvillain etc) making an appearance in the days and weeks to come.
Ladds ladds ladds
Interesting gem of hip-hop. I really dont know that much of that genre, so I'm not the best judge, but I found it different than the usual 90's hiphop. It's seem like there was more research and they went to some area that suprise me. They took inspiration from jazz, rock and merge it well.
I can't explain its presence on this list, but it was way more enjoyable than expected. Very unconventional hip-hop with a Midas touch of experimentations. I wouldn't say it's a must, but it was a very interesting discovery!
I may have been a bit overenthusiastic while listening to that one. It's really good and it makes for a nice surprise since I didn't know Mike Ladd at all, but there are some flaws. The MC is rather generic and the album os too long for its own good. The last 3 tracks were a bit too much for me. Still, there are some really great ideas on that album, the atmosphere is great, really reflective of the 2000's sound but with a jazzy touch, thanks to the cello parts. So yeah, I like it, it's good abstract hip hop that certainly deserves more recognition, but I'm not sure if I would say it's an essential listen.
An interesting breakbeat/hip-hop LP from the beginning of the aughts. Not every track is a winner (the guest features are downright bad and some songs easily date themselves to the time period), but most present a mix of electronic production and wordplay that's engaging and enjoyable. Wish this was on US Spotify, there were a few tracks I really vibed too and would drop in my heavy rotation
Never heard of him, interesting production, didn't mind it
Nice, relaxing. Even if it was released over twenty years ago, it still has certain elements that make it sound futuristic. Think I appreciate the instrumentals more than I do the tracks with a guest rapper on them. It's good mood music, with the mood being "walking around in a light drizzle while stoned". Favorite tracks: "Bladerunners", "To the Moon's Contractor"
I totally understand why some rappers get annoyed at how retarded a lot of lyrics in their genre are, but surely this isn't the answer. He just rapped through some kind of lab experiment as a metaphor for fucking - that's going a bit too far. It's also too long, but that's pretty much every rap album - especially in the 00s. Extra points for the Rutger Hauer line from Blade Runner and something about Tribbles, though. Very torn on this overall. I appreciate the IDEA but the execution isn't my thing. 3/5.
Can't find the Album. Neither in Spotify, nor in Amazon Music
I mean... it's okay. It's hardly an album that you need to listen to before you die though is it? It's not groundbreaking or mindblowing - this is all (so far) the same kind of shit I've heard before. It builds off people like Shadow & Dr Octagon and doesn't really beat out its own trail along that path... for my money.
Love the angry racial sci-fi.
Exploring, pushing, and in some places blasting past the established boundaries and assumptions of hip-hop at that time. How this guy and his collaborators were able to capture the sound of 20 years of hip-hop music to come, is really amazing.
I wouldn't complain about this as background music, but I also wouldn't seek it out again. I enjoyed Mike's use of samples and synths though.
Cool usage of samples and musical styles together with nice flow. Unfortunately I really did not feel it today, so I have to give 3 stars. 3 is minimum for music I can respect, but I can't give more, because it did not hook me.
Too bad it isn't on Spotify. I liked this album and the beats is very much my type of hip-hop. I've never heard about Mike Ladd before and it was better than expected.
Dins la miríada innecessària de discos de hip hop de la llista, aquest se salva per la seva originalitat. Diferent, intel.ligent, amb unes bases prou engrescadores i unes lletres pròpies d'un catedràtic, com és l'autor
Has cool Parys. Feel like it could get better on another listen, which I didn't have time for today. Will revisit this album
Did not like the start, but the album grew on me as it went on.
This is interesting, although I wouldn't go as far as compelling. I didn't think I'd like it. It grew on me. I'll probably consider listening to it again, but it won't be soon.
A very pleasant album to listen to, although that probably wasn't the intention (not fully, at least). It reminded me a little the Deltron 3030 album - both taking place in a future (or use future as a driving mechanism) to rap about current issues. I think this is a really good idea, it gives you a different perspective on the matter of things. It is such a Terra Incognita in music as of yet. Mike Ladd had a small contribution to the subgenre with his album Welcome to the Afterfuture. It's a hip hop album with quite few instrumental bits, like prominently "The Moon's Contractor". It's a very atmospheric track, nicely fitting into the whole theme of the album, but also defending itself on its own. The real highlight of the album is the closing track, a sort of an anthem, that is still very much important and valid - "Feb. 4 '99 (For All Those Killed by Cops)". It's a really great song, with interesting, important and quite moving lyrics. Unfortunately, rest of the album is not on par with the best tracks and I had mixed feelings about it. I definitely like the beats much more than the rapping style in general. I didn't like any of the guest appearances, and those songs bring the overall experience down in my opinion. Good idea, but mixed result.
I have now been assigned 2 Hip Hop albums this week that are decent but not available on Spotify, what are the chances? It either tells me I need to virtue outside of streaming and listen to new music on YouTube, or to not trust streaming itself. Aside from 1st world problems, the production is pretty neat as the beats and backing tracks are smooth and cool. Not a fan of Mike Ladd's rapping and lyrics as it is quite mediocre, but didn't ruin the album.
It’s hard to say a great deal about an album which never stays the same course for very long. But nevertheless I enjoyed the eclectic mix of moody ambient funk and trip-hop on offer here. A really great record which I’ll be seeking out on vinyl.
Not on Spotify so cba. Listened to the first two songs on YT. Sounds pretty nice.
Hip-hop. Creative tracks. Religiones
This has all the elements that made me love the DJ Shadow album, but I just don't like Ladd's vocals. They're tiring and drawn-out, and I'm unable to enjoy the atmosphere of the beats like I want to
I was fairly excited prior to listening - just not my thing
Straight garbage. Really? A top album?
I had no idea what to expect from this album - new artist and new music to me. This album was a mix of okay tracks, tracks with good music but lyrics that I didn't like, a couple tracks I didn't like at all, and a couple tracks that I'd listen to again ("Wipe Out on the Wave of Armageddon", and "To the Moon's Contractor"). With only a first listen, this album feels like 2 stars.
Brian Whitener of AllMusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, writing, "Welcome to the Afterfuture is a blender of sounds and styles and epitomizes the search that is leading cutting-edge hip-hop further into avant-garde and non-Western musical traditions." Jon Caramanica of CMJ New Music Monthly commented that "Ladd's futurism is merely a mask for his very tangible discontent with the present." He added, "References to the police state permeate the album, arguing that the new world order and newspeak are more than just things weeded street-corner bards philosophize on; they're integral to maintaining the power status quo."
This album was my introduction to experimental hip hop and this album hasn’t convinced me on the genre. The flow and bars were good and the production was interesting at the very least with its Asian influences, but none of it really stood out. It was also a bizarre choice to have jazz tracks seemingly randomly inserted in between hip hop songs
Pretty decent, versatile album. Not likely to put it back on, but I didn't hate it.
Hip hop album, beats seem to have an Industrial slant to them. First few songs were pretty good and tied into the "Afterfuture" theme with some sci-fi and futuristic lyricism. The DJ work throughout the album is solid but the rapping is hit or miss. Didn't like Bladerunners, juvenile overly sexual lyrics. Red Eye to Jupiter also terrible. Best song was Wipeout on the wave of Armageddon On the plus side, this is the first album where absolutely none of the videos had ads playing in front of them on Youtube.
31. Welcome to the Afterfuture - Mike Ladd 13 Tracks It was all a bit..... wishy washy as if he couldn't decide whether he was going to go full scale hip-hop or something else. As a result it couldn't hold my interest. 2/5
Clearly Mike Ladd has a message and there are certainly some interesting experiments here, but I definitely not compelled to listen to it repeatedly. Definitely interesting, just not enjoyable.
This was odd, I felt like I should have enjoyed this but I didn't. It makes me wonder why/hope we get names like scroobius pip on here but I somehow doubt it
Very Interstellar!!! Right??
A 2000 hip hop album, mostly spoken word with techno synth keyboards and what sounds like a drum machine, plus other interesting futuristic sound effects/samples. Despite the album cover Mike Ladd is American and based in the Bronx. There is some mild nods to Japanese music riffs (verging on racist tbh) and in the lyrics. The overall mood is future dystopia, but with a beat you can dance too. Interesting and well made, but doesn't really speak to me personally, although I did like certain bits quite a lot. No. 1 St. in particular reminded me a bit of Cantaloop clever and bouncy.
Das ist so schlecht nicht, es ist aber auch nicht gut. Ich habe mit mir gerungen, ob das schon drei Sterne sind, kann aber nur zwei geben, dafür finde ich es nicht interessant genug.
The Animist was pretty good track. The rest of it was interesting. I would never set this as playlist material, but if it were on, I don't think I'd mind too much.
not my total bag baby
I listened. I couldn't tell you anything about it.
Meh. I didn't activly hate it, but it didn't have anything I really liked, either.
It was fine. I didn't connect with it. Seemed long.
Primera noticia de este disco y de su autor. Aburrido y monótono. No le doy 1 estrella porque eso lo reservo para los realmente malos. Pero es totalmente prescindible.
Interesting for about 5 minutes then dull and repetitive with no discernible difference between tracks. 2/5
Those "deep thoughts" you have when you're high aren't actually that profound, and you definitely shouldn't build an entire album around them. Best track: 5,000 Miles West of the Future
Sci-fi trance rap and beat poetry, like a Grandaddy and Gil Scott-Heron collaboration. Good idea, disappointing rendering.
This album is all about space but unlike it, this shit is boring. So before I start tearing into this album, I might as well start off with some positives about it, first one is the production. It has a very spacey vibe about it which is expected, I mean it is an album that takes place in space. The scratches are also cool but that is of course a given. Another positive about this album is the title name. I don't know why but the name WELCOME TO THE AFTERFUTRE just sounds so cool, like if all the humans had just died out. So to be negative, when the fuck did this album come out. It says here that it came out in 2000, but it says 2015 on Spotify. Maybe it was just added to Spotify in 2015, but it's weird that they did that. This is by far the most confusing cover art that I've ever seen. What I can see is that it looks like it takes place on some space station. I have no idea if this is true and I'd love if someone could confirm it for me, but I don't think that anyone would ever see this review. Also, I'm just tired of these "rap albums" getting recommended. Don't get me wrong, they mostly sounds good to me. I gave Drunk a 7/10 despite saying that it wasn't really a rap album. Here, most of the tracks don't even have any vocals in them. Just because an album has like two fucking rap verses doesn't make it a rap album. That would be like if I claimed to have made a country album just by rapping over a country beat, it makes no fucking sense. Some albums that I think are good like Goblin do have tracks where it's just an instrumental playing, but that was just for two short tracks. One last complaint is the theme of the album. I don't blame Mike Ladd for making an album about space since I think that space is pretty cool, but I'm just tired of hearing it. The album where the cover art was the moon was about space and The Incredible True Story is also about space, but they at least have cool ideas. Favourite track would have to be "Red Eye to Jupiter (Starship N#gga). Mike Ladd sounds hungry as fuck on the track, and the horns on the track just sound so satisfying. Least favourite track would have to be "To The Moon's Contractor". It’s just long, boring and tedious. Yeah, this was just a waste of my fucking time. 4/10
Again, not my favourite genre.
This is new to me. It completely passed me by when released. It started promising, but then I got a little bored tbh. UK trip hop does the slowed down beats far better. This just reminded me of dull late nights in over-priced Shoreditch bars over 20 years ago.
I normally love rap but I'm so far not enjoying this album thus far. I'm not a fan of the beats, the flow, or the weird vocal modifications. I really like the Bladerunners song. Love the El-P cameo. Too experimental for my tastes.
Instrumentally it's fine but something about it rubs me the wrong way, lyrics are pretty dumb.
p867. 2000. 2 stars Rap. Well done of its type - I like the Indian samples and jazz influences - but otherwise, not my thing at all. Would not listen to it again.
Average late 90s indie hip hop. Really doesn't do much for me. 1.5/5
Can’t listen to. Not available on Spotify
Decent rapper but the mix is so busy it's pretty irritating to actually listen to.
Meh, nothing memorable. The variety of sounds was nice. Standouts: wipeouts on the wave of Armageddon
2.5. It has its moments
Helemaal niet mijn ding. Er zitten wel enkele atypische nummers in, wat ik wel apprecieer
It's everything I like about electronic and rap but this just doesn't hit for me... Interesting project and nice to see Mike Ladd is still making music.
It's got the spirit 2
Rap not really my thing but these instrumentals and vintage lyrics were kinda cool.
Not on amazon music.
Not great but was half asleep.
Interesting, a bit different.......but then the almost inevitable rant on the last track which lost me completely ! 2*?
Mierda hip hop
Really could not get into it after a few songs
Wtf did I listen to
Not very good
Some of the strangest I're ever heard. Like a freaked out 70's hippie who came up with an idea to make music.
I didn’t much care for this one. I don’t think I’d listen again.
There’s nothing about this that even remotely interests me musically.
Hier kon ik echt helemaal niets mee.
Just never got me. Kept hoping the next song would get me going but never did.
While I understand the experimental aspect of this album, the album still felt unpolished or unfinished. I enjoyed the overall electronic additions found here. There were also several nods to Indian music, which was fun to hear. Otherwise, this was pretty forgettable for me.
Listened Before? N Seems like this guy put a lot of effort in here. I hope he mad lots of money. I won't be listening again, I did not enjoy it.
Not really for me.
Mike Ladd gave me monkeypox on the train back from Luton Airport last week. He can go fuck himself.
couldnt listen to it so it gets a 1
Usually a sucker for a bit of protest hip hop, bu this is dead milk. Nothing catchy, lackluster vocals, and poorly produced
Not available on Spotify. From other reviews it sounds like I dodged a poor album. Cover art 4/5
Not available on Spotify
Way to experimental, spoken word