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  • [LINK] Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus (MUST HAVE UNDERGROUND CLASSIC!!!)



    here it is, the album that started at all..... company flow pioneered modern underground hip hop as we know it with the release of "funcrusher plus". originally dropping in '97, funcrusher was far ahead of its time. this album was released by the legendary "rawkus records", which later went on to drop numerous underground classics such as black star, mos def - black on both sides, talib kweli - reflection eternal, and soundbombing 1&2. this is a definite must have for anyone who calls themselves an underground head. im sure this has been posted before and most of the regulars on the ughh forum have it, but since there seems to be a lot of people just getting into underground lately, i thought i'd be nice and post this essential album for them. and if you dont believe me on how great this album is because im a biased underground elitist here's a more reliable source. they gave this album a PERFECT score in the review.

    Company Flow :: Funcrusher Plus :: Official Recordings/Rawkus
    ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
    as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon


    Tall tales of the South often include unbelievable tales of a miner swinging his pickaxe at a rock and missing - striking earth and unleashing a huge gusher of crude oil airborne at the point of impact. We all know such implausible scenarios only happen on TV shows like "The Beverly Hillbillies"; yet in 1997 this very circumstance was on the horizon of New York hip-hop. Bubbling unseen underground, Company Flow's triumverate of artists was just waiting for that one lone pickaxe to strike dirt and unlesh their liquid audio gold into the air.

    Enter Rawkus Records. Partially funded by Daddy Warbucks (actually, Rupert Murdoch) but looking for credibility in East coast underground rap, Rawkus turned to Official Recordings. Company Flow has already released "Funcrusher" to some minor success and critical acclaim, so the idea to repackage the album as a "Plus" with extra tracks for a larger audience was a perfect match. Even though Rawkus probably smelled success from the jump, they had no idea the sensation this record would make when released to the mainstream.

    The elements all fell into place perfectly - El-Producto providing the majority of the beats, tag-teaming with Big Juss on the raps, and DJ Mr. Len providing the quintessential scratch for a perfected hip-hop sound. Lots of underground groups can claim to have equally dope rappers and producers, but Company Flow achieved a gestalt where the sum of the sound was greater than the parts. Lyrically they did not shy away from complexity; in fact, the obscurity of the content became their calling card along with beats that were so heavy they could be called SUMO.

    For the purchaser, it all starts with the cover art - a surreal purple backdrop of ant-like aliens flexing their mandibles and jamming to music on their headphones. Inside, underneath a clear orange plastic tray, El-Producto is brazenly waving his middle finger as Len and Bigg Jus look on, with the motto "Independent as Fuck" inscribed beneath. Surely you grasp the concept - Company Flow feel like outsiders in their own world and instead of being accepted they'd rather be outlaw renegades. El-P's lyrics reflect that attitude on the song "Legends" when he raps, "Fuckin with your theology like Darwinism in the Bible Belt." That's not one-tenth the length of brutality El-P displays on the ferocious "Population Control" though:

    "Co Flow mossie, Walt Disney meets Kaiser Soze
    There will be no grand comebacks unless Lazarus or Kotter
    Inflicted bitch styles indicate with stigmata
    when locked in a box but you can't say Jack
    Trying to paint them fucking red doors black
    Like that spilled milk spoiled
    While Bill Gates and Ted Turner rub each other down with olive oils
    Company Flow, fuck please
    Bitch put away the fuckin piteous punchlines
    Blue Blockers break under the red light, belittled by my design
    I don't try to be different, I am
    So inevitably my style will survive when your now turns to then"

    The flows on the song are spit at an incredibly rapid pace, but the spooky beat crawls along with a boom kick, boom kick boom with water (or is it blood) splashing in the background. Listening to this song made the small hairs on the back of my neck stand up, and at the same-time caused uncontrollable head-nodding as the vicious boom bap travelled down my spinal cord. Song after song throughout has the same effect: the lushly beautiful "8 Steps to Perfection", the incredibly thunderous "Collude/Intrude" featuring J-Treds (with the classic El-P punchline "Got your hip-hop essence out of the Cross Colours catalog with analog technology; ask L. Ron Hubbard to break down my Scientology") and the sitar music of the all-star Indelible MC's track "The Fire in Which You Burn" including Breezly Brewin and J-Treds. Sitar music? If you've never heard this eeriely beautiful form of Middle Eastern music, there can be no better introduction to it than J-Treds triple entendre rap verse masterpiece:

    "Relentless poetic rhyme never ceases infinity
    Forever smokin the mic lyric contact I be open
    Naturally high and no need to pass the Dutchie
    I'm the living circle circle dot dot, nobody can touch me
    At my post, the most high exalted, mind blower
    When I rap it it's strictly 'I can't believe he just said that shit'
    Material crews, who can't think straight sober
    My flows over your head, I enjoy the aerial view
    Focus from the bird's eye, in my scenario, of dominance
    Filth eatin weaklings, we're bumRussian/rushin like dirty communists
    Raisin, my Iron Curtain revealin my words the gospel
    No apples or giant serpents, the enlightened apostle"

    The most oft-quoted line from this song is El-P's cryptic, "Even when I say nothing it's a beautiful use of negative space," even though the entire song is basically twelve issues of "Hip-Hop Quotable" hardbound into one volume for repeated viewing - and even that's an understatement. In fact, trying to capture the sonic beauty of this album is as challenging as deciphering their rhymes. Weaving together internet references, Japanime, science fiction, comic books and pop culture into a giant tapestry leads to snaps like Big Juss' "You couldn't hang if you was bit by a radioactive spider" on "Krazy Kings", but such random quotes will not do this album justice. Not only does this LP mine the depths of resistance to mediocrity, it even dares to dig into El-P's own personal tragedy by recontextualizing a Kool G. Rap line to form a story of how his mother was a battered wife on "Last Good Sleep." This album doesn't just take chances, it shatters conventions.

    Ultimately, that was probably the success and failure of this album. Even though it was 1997's "must have" album for fans of rugged and raw hip-hop, the well that sprang forth was tapped out too quickly. Rawkus used Company Flow as the fuel to push their label forward, and soon developed into a "twelve inch of the month" operation where each single was the next "must have" for every DJ. Sure the CD moved units, but promotion was basically non-existant outside New York - where were the music videos or club tours? Rawkus got the credibility they wanted, and Company Flow got to release a hip-hop masterpiece - but to this day many people who recognize El-Producto for his beats or guest appearances on other rap songs have still never heard this album. Admittedly some people will never feel it either - the fast and furious rhymes often rely on beats only as a reference point and spill haphazardly all over the music. This album is not for everyone, but then some people won't eat caviar because it's too salty either. For the discerning rap fan, "Funcrusher Plus" is a 19 course gourmet meal with "Bad Touch Example" as the appetizer and "Funcrush Scratch" as dessert at the end.

    Music Vibes: 10 of 10 Lyric Vibes: 10 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 10 of 10

    Originally posted: November 21, 2001
    source: www.RapReviews.com

    PM me or reply for the link to download this album. it will be sent to you in a PM to avoid leechers.
    Last edited by IslamicMarksman; 03-15-2005, 05:01 PM.
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  • #2
    already own...good album

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    • #3
      thanks for this album, never had it in full. no question - a classic!!

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      • #4
        props man, always hookin us up
        Green Truck

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        • #5
          I'm embarressed to admit this, but I have never heard this album. Thanks for upping it man.
          Walk into the rain, and the millenium
          Where lazy and convenient is the mother of invention
          I must have the guts to mention to that man in that reflection
          What are you looking at?

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          • #6
            ^^man DAM....

            AWESOME ALBUM!!!!

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            • #7
              unless im doing something wrong, its blocked...
              Not Your Normal "Guns, Money, Bitches" Rap

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              • #8
                Re-Up please... it says it is blocked and I took out all the spaces and added the "ht" for the http but it says it is blocked so can you please re-up... anyone

                I am like Felix The Cat I have never heard it! LOL although I knew about it for SOOO long and wanted it for a VERY long time I have never downloaded it and have never seen it up here before so thanks a lot Islamic Marksman... it's not that I never knew about this album (cuz I knew it was a classic) however I was too lazy to go find it... (cuz I don't have anything to download full albums). BUT thanks a lot.

                WE NEED THE HIDE OPTION IN HERE!!!

                One Love
                +ALL FATES HAVE CHANGED+ NOW UR IN A +POOL OF BLOOD+,
                JUST ASK +JUS ALLAH+ & +ALLAH JUSTICE+ THEY KNO Y I'M COVERED IN MUD!/

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                • #9
                  props islamic...hook it up through PM...needs a re-up...thanks again
                  LISTEN TO AND DOWNLOAD MY NEW EP ENTITLED "ĘP" at http://composed.bandcamp.com/ FOR FREE!

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                  • #10
                    re-upping right now... everyone who wants it will have the link within the next 45 minutes.
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                    • #11
                      alright coo
                      Not Your Normal "Guns, Money, Bitches" Rap

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                      • #12
                        Thanks B-duddy!

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                        • #13
                          hook it up!!

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                          • #14
                            props for this about time someone posted this up

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                            • #15
                              ok lets hear this album
                              "Express yourself because people that matter wont mind and if they mind what you say they don't matter"!!!!

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