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Professor Griff and the Last Asiatic Disciples

  • Pawns in the Game [Luke, 1990] C

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Pawns in the Game [Luke, 1990]
Of course he's serious; who could doubt it? Griff's problem (one of them, I mean) is that he's too serious--Chuck D. is too serious, and Chuck is Kid if not Play by comparison. What little pleasure contaminates this music is like a Stryper solo, or a folksinger who's decided a drummer might bring his or her message to the masses--aping Chuck or biting the Last Poets, Griff's a lame, and the Lads are followers. Even the list of U.S. war crimes, the strongest dumbass leftist moment in a scattershot analysis, is compromised by his praise for Khomeini and Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings. And though he adjudges the universal price code a tool of the Great Satan, he didn't have the clout or the principle to keep it off his package. C