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Usual – “Fake” – [Leaving Records]

Thurston Hunger   7/25/2012   12-inch, Hip Hop

I’ll have the Usual, and by that I mean the foggy windows
and the mystery meat of the MC hidden in shadows.
Single-sided 12″ but the song splits into two, the
first part a hyper-abstract self-exam over keyboards
that are oozing sweat, and a slugged out drum kit.
Halfway through the ride the MC has a “Panic” attack
and the story shifts to a crime scene. Might be in
Illadelphia, might be in Detroit, either way familiar
streets and grooves of the gangsta. The drums pick up
perkier on that latter half, but it’s the dirty rub
of the analog synth that give this single, from
MatthewDavid’s Leaving Records label, the sting that
lingers. We all choose the ruse with no excuse…
So what’s Fake…

-Thurston Hunger

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