Amazon.com Widgets

Masterminds: Stone Soup (2002)

By Published: | 2,874 views
No stars How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

Following up their acclaimed debut Underground Railroad , the Masterminds’ Stone Soup is an intelligent and refreshing album. On first listen, the grinding production, all distorted guitars, subdued horn stabs and snares rattling like gun claps, is nothing special and even monotonous at times. But what makes Stone Soup one of the most relevant hip-hop albums of the time is the Masterminds’ incisive lyrics, slicing through the artificial hip-hop fakers and delivering on-point social commentaries with wisdom and passion. On "Raiders of the Lost Art", they dismiss the pillaging of hip-hop culture by the frat-rock set with venom, "It’s open mic night so pick your penance, bid that nerd-rap Fred Durst crap good riddance." Stone Soup is a no-nonsense, no frills album that drops knowledge on every track and reveals introspective soul searching that is lacking on most tight-beats-and-dope-rhymes underground albums. Subliminal spits fire on the media, music industry and those that follow it mindlessly, "Programmed musical individuals you are." The highlight of the album is undoubtedly "September In New York", a drum & bass influenced ode to the after effects of 9/11, poignantly describing and celebrating a newfound appreciation for life in the worst of times. Stone Soup shows hip-hop at its lyrical best – observant, witty and thought-provoking.

Record Label: Third Earth Music

Style: Beyond Jazz


comments powered by Disqus
Search
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mark Elf

Mark Elf

About | Enter

Stefano Bollani

Stefano Bollani

About | Enter

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

About | Enter

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Bandzoogle: GET STARTED TODAY - FREE TRIAL

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

Article Search