Sunday, August 12, 2012

[Album Review] CRASHprez - CRASHvillainy

As "Safe Deposit" plays in the background, I begin this review. First of all let me start by saying that I really don't like "remix" projects. The reason for that being because a lot of the time the artist remixing tries to hard to reinvent the original or sticks to close to the original. Although with CRASHprez and his CRASHvillainy project, a remix of Madvillian's Madvillainy, this does not occur.

One of the main reasons why this project is so great is because CRASH seems to realize that. CRASH keeps his style and merges it with Madlib's instrumentals. This is some of the best spitting I've heard from him and is definitely my favorite project from him yet. You can definitely feel the effort CRASH put into this project from the verses to even remixing the audio clips replacing DOOM's with his own. I felt that was a nice touch and made the project even more of a true remix. 

Even with CRASH spitting solo for most of the 22 track project, when a feature did occur it was always dope. Defcee, Chick Gaynor and SIR E.U all do well and showcase their respective skills. With the latter getting his own track and making his "father" more than proud. 

I want to end this review by saying that, all artist who plan to do a remix of a classic Hip-Hop project should study this. Not only did CRASH find a way to pay homage to the original, he found a way to keep his own style in the process and not cop out by copying DOOM's. It is because of that, that CRASHvillainy comes off more as true remix than just an ode to Madvillainy. 

Overall: 9.5/10

Standout Tracks: A Strangelove Monologue, Dateline, DOOM is My Father, Echoes of Today, Safe Deposit

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