Masta Plann


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Philippine rap band Masta Plann believes they're masters of rap, and on 2000's MastaPlann.Com, they never let you forget it. Right away, on the opening, "Reel Thang," Masta Plann declares their rapping supremacy, and ridicules other efforts as well: "I dis your krew/I'll dis your relatives/I stay competitive/You rap like you took a sedative/I'm way ahead...You must have slept/While I took a steady vigil/To stay original." In fact, the group spends so much time bragging that they mostly forget to explore other topics. Nonetheless, it doesn't hurt to have confidence, and when it comes to the music and the polished delivery of the raps, the album is an accomplished outing. The group excites musically on "Gett Down," as the rappers weave rousing lines telling how great they are over a funky guitar/keyboard line, rimmed by turntable scratching. The overall sound of this song is very professional and ranks with international standards. Another fine outing musically is the spirited "Crowd Pleazer," which uses the guitar lick from Jean Knight's 1970s hit "Mr. Big Stuff," over which the group raps about -- you guessed it -- how great Masta Plann thinks they are. The band is good, but they're not that good, and they need better lyrics, too.

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