Album Review

Typical Cats – “Civil Service ” – [GALAPAGOS4]

Max Level   7/1/2006   CD, Hip Hop

Chicago’s TC crew bring social commentary, sly observations, and a bit of bragging in their raps.
As with all the good crews, each emcee has a different strength, and they each have room to shine. Qwel is brash and excitable, Denizen Kane is cool and observant, and Qwazaar flows somewhere in between. Put them together and a strong team of lyricists emerges. DJ Natural kicks in solid soul-jazz-funk-inflected beats, and there are a few live instruments (guitar, keys, and bass) in the mix for added flavor. The bass, especially, ups the funk factor where it appears. Kid Knish provides scratch action. Early on, ‘Easy ‘Cause It Is? stands out as a major banger, and the CD ends on a high note with ‘Before Before?, featuring a deep groove and possibly the record’s best vocals from the three Cats.

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