Heltah Skeltah D.I.R.T.
Published Oct 22, 2008It may seem obvious that writing rap records about the myriad ways of putting guns to peoples heads might not be the best idea if youre currently up on attempted murder charges in the U.S. But thats exactly what Duck Down MC Rock did, teaming up with former rhyme partner Sean Price for D.I.R.T., their first Heltah Skeltah LP in years. To be fair, nobodys expecting any diverse themes from these two, so its the rare moments of focused wit and nimble wordplay on this set that most impress, like the all out diss-fest on the comical "Art of Disrespekinazation or the psychoanalysis of "Insane. Normally, when words get repetitive, its up to the music to keep things interesting. Unfortunately, the records chosen producers rely so heavily on whiny strings and cascading keys in their search of that obligatory griminess that the resulting sound is a lot of grating noise for the sake of noise. (Duck Down)