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Labtekwon – “Economy Of Tricknology”

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The dude Michael Byrne wrote about Labtekwon’s “Economy Of Tricknology” over at the City Paper but oh man, lemme add some more words of praise to this one. Here, the Baltimore hip-hop legend delivers a breathless, ridiculously on-beat, sometimes totally off-the-rails, 11-minute bugged-out rap that dips and dives around the history of money and rambling illuminati talk, convincing you that there’s no difference between cold hard facts and nutty conspiracy theorizing: “Now you had the government borrowing money to pay private corporate contracts/ Sound familiar? America does that/ You see, the bail-out scam was invented way back/This ain’t conspiracy theory, it’s conspiracy fact.”

“Economy Of Tricknology” makes the case that we’re not battling a decade or so of deregulation, a Republican party gone retarded thanks to Reagnomics, and a few generations of politicians in the pockets of someone else, but a web of centuries-old DaVinci Code type shit. The song’s rickety soul beat molts into another rickety soul beat a few times, but it’s cleverly bookended by the same, lumbering, steampunked sample of MFSB’s “Something For Nothing,” perhaps best known as the source for Jay-Z’s “What More Can I Say.” Labtekwon earns the right to steal that rhetorical from Jay here, though. There really isn’t much else to say when this one ends. An urban legend is going around that says if you can memorize this whole song and deliver it in the mirror three times in a row, Mitt Romney will actually burst into flames.

Written by Brandon

February 8th, 2012 at 6:15 am

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