The Necker Cube Volume One (MySpace.com/LaRockIncRecords)

Various Artists 

The Necker Cube Volume One (MySpace.com/LaRockIncRecords)

From Ohio to Cali, Cleveland rapper Johnny La Rock (aka Eddie Fleisher, a Scene freelance writer) brings together some of his favorite rhymers for The Necker Cube Volume One. Pittsburgh sample fiend Amerikkkan Hostage cuts up warped grooves and stitches them back together for the woozy "G.O.P. Kills Me," while La Rock and Mush Mouth get electrofunktastic on "Wizards 'N Shit." Dispatching a bouncing xylophone run and flat horns, Cleveland laptop soldier RMA might have created the year's happiest rap instrumental with "Cartoon Cartoon Friday."

The biggest standout is Kent's Chrismick, who opens the disc with a bubbling, bongo-backed solo track, "Mac Rebbenack," and plays live instruments for "Gift Rap" from Youngstown's MC Homeless. Behind Homeless' rapid yet lovelorn lyrics, the triple-threat plays a somber piano loop, then softens it with an uplifting sax solo. Cleveland punkers Deaf by Arms crash the party with the drunken acoustic sing-along "Who Needs California When You've Got Ohio?" A comp like this makes it a serious question.

Latest in Band of the Week

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Staff Pick Events

Most Commented On

From the Archives

Site Search

Facebook Activity

© 2014 Cleveland Scene: 1468 West Ninth Street, Suite 805, Cleveland, OH 44113, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation