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The Knux: Remind Me in 3 Days . . . [Interscope, 2008]
N.O. bros whose house burned down after Katrina. Backstory, check. "Hipster rap" that knows Fishbone and the Cars exist(ed). Concept, check. And then? They're not very hooky, they're not very funny, they play guitar but not very well. Their rhymes convey no passion for language or human experience. All that separates them from the afterparty vacuity of corporate/Los Angeles hip-hop is their eclecticism and their taste in clothes. This is a new direction? It's not even a halfway decent collection of songs. B-