August 24, 2006

 Navigation

   Home Page

 News & Features

   News

 Columns & Opinions

   Publisher's Note

   Boomers

   Pinings

   Longshots

   Techie

 Pop Culture

   Film

   TV

   Books
   Video Games
   CD Reviews

 Living

   Food

   Wine

   Beer
   Grazing Guide

 Music

   Articles

   Music Roundup

   Live Music/DJs

   MP3 & Podcasts

   Bandmates

 Arts

   Theater

   Art

 Find A Hippo

   Manchester

   Nashua

 Classifieds

   View Classified Ads

   Place a Classified Ad

 Advertising

   Advertising

   Rates

 Contact Us

   Hippo Staff

   How to Reach The Hippo

 Past Issues

   Browse by Cover


DJ Starscream, The New Leader
N2O Records, 2006

Mosh pit electro-violence for Generation Ringtone. A paid-up full-timer with Slipknot, Starscream's off on his own here, out-name-dropping the entire rap universe and spreading N2O's gospel of mashup as successor to the hardcore throne. At this point the genre isn't as entry-level as he might like, especially as it will come off to buyers expecting sexy mash-blends of Will Smith into Whitesnake into Ludacris; it's more like underground-death-rapper into jungle into Pennywise, much of the rhythm held in the shaky grip of Bad Brains-speed breakbeats spewed from 808s set to puree. One could admittedly picture this stuff inspiring more coordinated outbreaks of slam-dancing (it's already a rage in Japan), and if this is truly the future of the pit, so be it, but just to be real for a second, the mixes could use some cleaning up — the dubs bend over backwards to sound cheap, which'd be fine if they weren't all yanked from turntables and other artificial means, thus there's seriously no need to front it as some diabolically clever rock and roll swindle, even more so since its antisocial pretexts ring up zero shock value. C+

— Eric W. Saeger


Comments? Thoughts? Discuss this article and more at hippoflea.com