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Human Element : The World’s First Human Beatbox Compilation [coll] – [108 Records]

Thurston Hunger   10/26/2006   CD, Hip Hop

Here’s a spit-kickin’ collection that’ll put a smile on your
ears. Beatbox is probably a lot older than drum machines,
but when it was too expensive to drop some cash for some
turntables, folks like the Fat Boys, Doug E. Fresh, Rahzel
and Kenny Muhammad just dropped their jaws instead. With
cymbals in their cheeks, snares on their tongues and a
gigantic bass drum stuffed in there somewhere, beatboxers
are more than half-man/half-machine, they’re cartoons and
comics and the lips that can sink ships. Stetsasonic and
Scratch of the Roots get things spinning, but I definitely
dug with Kmillion(#3) , B-Shorty(#6), and DOA (#8). Always
cool to catch QBert, who duels the drool out of B-Shorty
on #10. Field trips include a weird visit to southern fried
boogie rock from Kris Jung, and a rasta-muffin-huffin’
conclusion from Boxx. Looks like the project was run by
Fedahi, who run their mouths and game on #12 and cry out
“all the chicken heads in the house scream ‘Bawk’.” Is it a
coup or a coop? Click the Supah Latin enrolls an old school
with some new kids on the box; from their mouths to God’s
mix tape. Just plain fun all around.

-Thurston Hunger

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