Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Gravediggaz - 6 Feet Deep

- 6 Feet Deep (Europe)/ Niggamortis (US) (1994)

Whiz back to '94, the year Wu Tang burst onto a scene that was never the same again. Wu producer and figurehead the RZA has been smoking alot of dope and staying up all night; wired by flickering TV light to gore-flecked, video-nasty marathons. He's gone a bit mad.

Fortunately for all the 'heads the result was a record that defies you to stop nodding; one for my personal top 3 hip-hop albums O.A.T, easy.

Gravediggaz were a 'supergroup' side-project who conceived the tongue-in-cheek horrorcore micro-genre over two albums; and 6 Feet Deep is their cult classic. Within: RZA and Native Tongues don Prince Paul adopt Mr Hyde alter-egos and enlist Poetic and Frukwan for a surreal rap blitz.

The wordplay is frequently hilarious, the rhyme schemes always ingenious. Our friend the RZArector takes a production backseat to spray demented over Prince Paul's eclectic and obscenely catchy beats (the producer of De La Soul's groundbreaking 3 Feet High and Rising seems possessed by an evil presence...)

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