Ed Rec Vol. III | Ed Banger
French pop culture has always been notorious for its nonchalant use of irony, but societal changes have lately morphed irony into hard-edged cynicism and nihilism — which might be taken for a bad thing were it not for the banging tracks recently pouring out of France. As American rapper Murs puts it in the mission statement “To Protect and Entertain,” “Shout out to all my black people in France, for being the only other niggers to burn shit down when the white people fuck with you.” Whoa! Pedro Winter a/k/a Busy P’s Ed Banger Records seems to specialize in dance/hip-hop made by and for reformed metalheads; and nowhere is that more evident than in the cut-and-paste death-metal mash-up of SebastiAn’s “Dog,” a punishing dance-floor slamdance pieced together out of what sound like scraps left on Slipknot’s cutting-room floor. The other two standouts are the Justice remix/victory lap of the epic “Stress,” with elements from “Night on Disco Mountain” brought front and center for maximum drama, and “Robot Oeuf” by EB superstar-diva-of-the-future Uffie, whose wasted-chick-at-the-party flow disguises some pretty tough lyrical sentiments. The rest of the record is pretty awesome if your definition of awesome includes crunk instrumental remakes of the Knight Rider theme song. Mine does.
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