Greenspan: The Mysterious Messy Revolution
There are rappers with mainstream aspirations and those who cultivate a hip underground aesthetic. And then there are weirdos who probably wouldn't fit in anywhere, even if they wanted to, like the Baltimore duo the Unstoppable Nuklehidz. Taz Jonez and Stevie Krizz rap with the kinds of shrill voices, idiosyncratic delivery, and silly sense of humor that would've made them peers of the Pharcyde 15 years ago. But in 2008, it's hard to imagine any target market for an album like The Mysterious Messy Revolution, which makes it all the more admirable.
Jonez, who writes an entertainment gossip blog that shares the name of the album, indulges in his pet obsession with celebrities misbehaving on the goofball highlight "Cameraphone." He imagines an economy based entirely on snapping pictures of celebs and selling the results to tabloids--and even gets in a mischievous dig at a fellow Baltimorean, with the aside that he couldn't sell one of the photos "'cause Sisqó ain't a star no more." Even when the Nuklehidz tries to address a serious subject, like the spread of HIV on "Pass It On," they make the message go down smoother with a narrative lyric and a bubbly Dusty Springfield sample. Still, while the duo's eccentricities occasionally grate, The Mysterious Messy Revolution would probably be a greater accomplishment if the Nuklehidz went even further out on a limb, as it's ultimately the more straightforward tracks like the snotty "Shut Up" and the sexually explicit "Cinnabun" that drag down the album's entertainment value.
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