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Pitchfork: Various Artists – 808 Mafia


Reviewed that 808 Mafia tape. It’s pretty good? Hard to tell if it’s because it’s Lex and Southside’s buddies or if Lex and Southside’s awesome beats would get kinda tedious without rappers as well…

The Lex Luger beat– an ugly tangle of glitching rhythms, hissing hi-hats, and booming low-end– currently dominates urban radio. Its ubiquity isn’t a surprise. Rap is forever falling in love with a production style and then shamelessly squeezing all the life out of it. But at the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, something is different this time around. It’s all a bit more numbing than usual. Thanks to computer technology, which makes spot-on mimicry quite easy, and facilitated by the industry’s embrace of ruthlessly utilitarian music (see also: dubstep, four-on-the-floor euro-pop), there’s no demand to gently tweak the Lex Luger formula…

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  1. i bet if they added Number 1 Playaz’s track ‘Put Me In The Game’ into the mix the sound would go from good to great. check them out! they are awesome

    mimi manopla

    31 Jul 12 at 9:04 pm

  2. i think its missing something too. i know!! it need some W-O-M-A-N in it. throw some Joy Deja King in there yo. ‘Im The Bomb’ is an awesome track. check out the music vid

    keyshia jones

    2 Aug 12 at 8:38 pm

  3. I’m feeling this more…


    27 Sep 13 at 7:26 pm

  4. NEW Six Reasons track is fire!


    18 Oct 13 at 1:21 am

  5. Love this new Loaded song


    18 Oct 13 at 1:22 am

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