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Skam Dust

Skam Dust: Son of SkarheadSon of Skarhead (2008)
Eulogy Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 0.5


Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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My buddy Frank Zappa is on the ghost phone; he wants to know if writing a rap record extolling the virtues of hardcore falls under the "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" rule. Skam Dust dropped a hip-hop EP, Son of Skarhead, on Eulogy Recordings last year, which will surely app.
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My buddy Frank Zappa is on the ghost phone; he wants to know if writing a rap record extolling the virtues of hardcore falls under the "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" rule. Skam Dust dropped a hip-hop EP, Son of Skarhead, on Eulogy Recordings last year, which will surely appeal to kids who wish Brokencyde meant it just a little bit more. With six songs totaling just under 20 minutes, it hurts. Sweet Lord, how it hurts.

The Skamster comes from the school of yell-rapping popularized by Run-DMC, DMX and others. He also enjoys the various forms and uses of words like "fuck," "nigga" and "gun." Beyond profanity and yelling, there isn't much going on. Over competently dull beats, dude shouts about being known and/or hated, making violent love to folks' matriarchal figures, and threatening people, places and things with guns. He also knows Madball. So...that's something.

The songs are stereotypical gangsta rap, extolling hate and violence without really contributing anything insightful like, say, Notorious B.I.G.'s "Things Done Changed." Instead, Skam settles for sound bites like "Fuck your mother and I fuck your brain," from "Untouchable." Speaking of sound bites, the guy barely raps, keeping his verses short and uninspired in between ho-hum hooks and guest rappers like Danny Diablo and Prince Metropolitan, the latter of which has an infinitely better flow than Skam. The closest thing to catchiness emerges on track 2, "Godz of War (Harley Is a Bitch)," if only because it crams gang mentality into the hook from Queen's "We Will Rock You." "Ready to Rock" repeats the trick by biting off of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man."

Skam gets stuck between two worlds. His barking is too slow for hardcore, too coarse and clunky for rap. Same for his beats, which don't rock and certainly don't groove. Not that this would necessarily make his rhymes better, but the fact that Skam never tries to sample more dance-centric songs like James Brown's "Funky Drummer" or the Meter's "Cissy Strut" instead of super obvious classic rock sort of hints at his cluelessness. Son of Skarhead takes everything deplorable about NYC hardcore clich├ęs and converts it to lackluster rap, meaning Skam Dust sucks at two styles instead of one.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
miniblindbandit (July 2, 2009)

skam impaired > skam dust

tmuda (July 2, 2009)

great review, spot on.

spec (July 1, 2009)

Jesus Fuckin Christ.

sumwon (June 30, 2009)

This sounds awful. For the record though, Funky Drummer counts as super obvious. But then again, it's super funky. So, in conclusion: whatevs.

mattramone (June 30, 2009)

Album of the year.

Dante3000 (June 30, 2009)

This may be the only thing Juggalos can look down on. This is amazing it's ability to be unbound by anything related to good taste, skill or self consciousness. It seems like the worse it gets the more into it he becomes.
-Dante

wallofyouth (June 30, 2009)

from the sound of things, the reviewer might want to watch his back

Jelone (June 30, 2009)

Sloane - A-nope.

killthepatriarch (June 30, 2009)

I looked it up on Myspace, it's terrible.

mikexdude (June 30, 2009)

I am not buying anything that has the word (albeit spelled wrong) "scam" in it.

SloaneDaley (June 30, 2009)

question: is this character dropping the n-bombs black?

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