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  • Burn Baby Burn [In Effect/Clappers EP, 1990] ***
  • Doin' Hard Time on Planet Earth [Relativity/Clappers, 1991] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Burn Baby Burn [In Effect/Clappers EP, 1990]
refuse and resist and revolt ("Burn Baby Burn") ***

Doin' Hard Time on Planet Earth [Relativity/Clappers, 1991]
Hard, harder, hardest--fuck America, fuck daisy age, fuck you. The music of this Harlem crew is loud beats anchored to spare guitar, the hip hop obverse of death metal if death metal didn't always strain for drama. In between the bleakest, strongest crack track ever and realest, losingest prison track this side of the Lifers Group comes the autobiography of some Nino Brown or other, only the last we see of him he's still counting his money; fuck Bensonhurst, he says, but that doesn't stop him from enslaving his own people, and the rappers append no warning, no moral. Without reveling in brutality for its own sake, they state the amoral facts as they understand them--or misunderstand them, if it makes any difference. B+

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