Friday, August 14, 2009

2003 : 32 "Dying in Stereo" by Northern State

There is something about this Northern State album. I listened to it over and over again. I got it right before a road trip I took. I just could not stop listening to it. It was like there was a code for me to break. It was a strange combo of lo-fi hip-hop, conscious rap, and post-riotgrrrl rock. I am not sure how many rap albums can I use the term feminist with a straight face. One of the things makes Dying In Stereo interesting is that lacks the overproduced sickness that is all over '00 hip-hop. The only disappointment is that their later albums lack what makes this album so special.

Rich Thomas

Listen: Northern State >> "Dying In Stereo"

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