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We Rock Hard (Mammoth Records)

By: Chris Paules

A thing that struck me about the Freestylers latest release was the lack of freestyling on the album. What did get me was the extremely splendid use of dance beats and percussion. This band seems to have the whole WE ROCK HARD thing embedded into their heads. On the albums opening track the hook is a simple "hey hey hey hey hey..." coupled with a very eastern sounding horn of some sort. The album doesn't let up for one minute on the dancebeats. Tenor Fly lends his lyrical stylings to "Dancehall Vibes," the albums second track, and again on "B-Boy Stance". Navigator shows up on a few tracks ("Warning" and "Ruffneck"... the albums first single). Though the songs are very intricately crafted with synthesizers and drum machines, Freestylers can't seem to stop saying their own after song Freestylers...Freestylers...Freestylers. Well, I guess they don't want you to forget who you are listening to. I'll give it a C.
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