The Antiheroes Modern Day Riot

The Antiheroes Modern Day Riot
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While the title, artwork and group name may suggest you'd be in for a session of uncompromising agitprop rap, Toronto, ON hip-hip duo the Antiheroes do a good job bucking expectations on this free release. That isn't to say there isn't a rebellious attitude underneath the music, it's just that the Antiheroes like to serve up some cheese with their broccoli. MCs Flex and Sha Prince's mission statement of going against what mainstream hip-hop is delivering is apparent and actualized from the moment you hit play. This sentiment is most evident on the minimalist "Blow Up," featuring D-Sisive, but, for the most part, the duo go about their case in subtler ways. There are plenty of self-affirmation and everyday topics on display on "Ignorant x Arrogant," "I'm Ghost" and the Rich Kidd-featuring "Cloud 9," but the interplay between Flex's high-pitched voice and Sha Prince's lower register makes for a complementary contrast, elevating the proceedings. Additionally, one of the highlights of several tracks with thought provoking content is "11th Hour" a sobering meditation on death. Soulful, energetic and invigorating production is a constant throughout, making Modern Day Riot a consistent, cohesive and ultimately satisfying project. (Smash Mouth)