Big Jus / Nephlim Modulation Systems

Woe to Thee O Land When Thy King Is a Child

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Big Dada and sister label Ninja Tune went deeply political in 2003, having held court to Saul Williams' uncompromising "Not in My Name" earlier in the year and dropping the anti-Bush manifesto Woe to Thee O Land When Thy King Is a Child in June. A collaboration between Company Flow's Bigg Justoleum and Cali rhymer and sometime Sycotik Alien Orko Elohim, this first of two albums subtitled "the Nephlim Modulation Sessions" drops with the power of the U.S. military's tempestuous daisy cutter. Think golden-age Public Enemy, where informed political rhetoric is delivered at a breakneck speed over apocalyptic soundscapes, with the pair's veritable blitzkrieg of lyrics as distant from bling as Sting, having commendably shrugged the dead weight of braggadocio and lame loops that encumbers so much postmillennial hip-hop. True battle raps.

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