And the conflicts here are all too real. Not since the psychotic Geto Boys crawled north from Screwston has the violence on a major-label album seemed as disturbing. Banner's near-nihilistic (and all too common) worldview -- ghetto folks can't help themselves, because they were born baptized in the "Dirty Water" of their environment -- is expressed as nightmarish realism. "Mamma's House," which threatens in the most graphic terms to make a beef a family affair, boils over with a rage that's worlds apart from faceless, big-city killings; this is small-town passion, personal and painful. You have to hear it, but you won't necessarily be glad you did.
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