DeeJay Punk-Roc

Spoiling It for Everyone

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Such is the precariousness of the graffiti-spraying, breakdancing world of B-boys and B-girls that its champions can either look like underground heroes swilling gallons of good vibes or outdated fools twirling on their asses. Certainly DeeJay Punk Roc often flipped back and forth from both fates throughout his career. Which makes Spoiling It for Everyone just as mighty and diverse as his work in the past, but also just as dubious. Early bird "The Living Sound of Reality" is probably the most promising. It offers frenetic scratching, educational samples, and booming beatboxing that would cause even Bentley Rhythm Ace's retinas to turn green. Not to be outdone, songs like "Hi-Fi Wrecker" quickly follow-up by cutting huge slabs of electro breakbeats that not only showcase a bassline miles ahead of the drum'n'bass elite, but also mates nicely with 2000's previous jungle-inspired hip-hop gem, Bahamadia's "Pep Talk." With the album's old-school adoration and ADD rapidity, it's eclecticism done right. The pseudo-corner, slap-bass, R&B harmonies of "Blow My Mind," conversely, only taint these highs. Instead of flashing new B-boy stances, it cringes on its own bloated weight and makes the album look like one of those repugnant "desert island" lists trying too hard. It was a close call too. For a musician who tries so hard to show off his worldly record collection, DeeJay Punk Roc seems to have once again only gotten it about half right. So take heed: you can get drunk off of Roc's funk-laden, big beat-a-delic hip-hop, but you'd feel a hangover only minutes later.

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