Random Axe by Random Axe
Released: Jun 2011
Label: Duck Down Music Inc.
Random Axe don't have hooks, melodies, and definitely no Auto-Tuned vocals. Black Milk, Guilty Simpson and Sean Price rely on pure beats and trash talk, and for the most part, they keep this cipher session buoyant with "The Hex" and "Monster Babies." A few years ago, this one-off all-star project would be just business as usual. But now, Random Axe's defiantly basic sound seems vital and necessary in an era when even no-name blog rappers use gimmicks for fame. As Sean Price puts it on "Random Call," "You can call me one-dimensional/ But ain't too much talkin' when this slug get into you."
Mosi Reeves
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