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Clipse - Til the Casket Drops

Clipse - Til the Casket Drops

I can’t stop thinking about “The Wire” when I listen to this album. For fans of the HBO series, that statement should make you pretty horny. For those of you who are clearly living a less-than-fulfilled existence, I won’t go into any parallels as I’m sure this type of shit’s been dissected before – and if they’re teaching “The Wire”-themed classes at Harvard and Berkeley, then I’m sure my version would be the “State School” edition anyways. But get this straight; like “The Wire”, Til the Casket Drops is a force.

I’ve kinda come to expect hip-hop albums to be a skeleton of three, maybe four strong tracks, fleshed out by ten or so soft and doughy’s and maybe three of those asinine skits or interludes or whatever-the-fucks as appendages. Til the Casket Drops unexpectedly breaks that ‘hip-hop albums as an out of shape, unhygienic guy’ mold; making it very clear within the first four songs when you realize “hey, every one of these songs has been pretty dope…and shit, is that Kanye? Is that the Neptunes?” I’ve listened to this album four or five times now and honestly believe it has that same “throw it on at a party and let it play all the way through” power and consistency that a record like Dr. Dre’s “2001” had earlier on in the decade.

My only criticism and it’s not even a criticism – more of a hesitant observation; brothers Malice and Pusha T of Clipse are afflicted with Anonymous MC Syndrome, aka the Black Thought Curse. The passion and talent are there, but you’d never be able to pick these guys out of a voice lineup. The other limiting factor that may keep Til the Casket Drops out of the “you’ll hear this at every party you go to for six months straight” zone is it’s without a universally loved single. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a radio hit, but you know it when you hear it, and a universally loved single can take a really good album to levels of popularity and acclaim that, without that ‘It’ song, may go without the recognition it deserves. Which brings us back to “The Wire” – critically acclaimed and easily one of the top three television series’ of the decade; yet I still feel its mass acceptance is not reflective of the greatness of the show. Not saying Til the Casket Drops is as good an album as “The Wire” is a television series, but it’s good, and not enough listeners will know how good it is.

Track Listing:
1. Freedom
2. Popular Demand Ft. Cam’ron & Pharrell
3. Kinda Like A Big Deal Ft. Kanye West
4. Showing Out Ft. Yo Gotti
5. I’m Good Ft. Pharrell
6. There Was A Murder
7. Door Man
8. Never Will It Stop
9. All Eyes On Me Ft. Keri Hilson
10. Counseling
11. Champion
12. Footsteps
13. Life Change

Clipse - Til the Casket Drops, reviewed by Delicious on 2009-12-16T15:29:52-08:00 rating 3.9 out of 5

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