By D Tha Man, Kaffeine Buzz
T-Kash is the leader of the new revolution.
After making a strong debut, and many incendiary recordings with the Californian progressive collection known as The Coup (he appeared on both Steal This Album and Party Music), the Bay Area activist teams up with Paris to help light the fire under an apathetic generation.
Turf War Syndrome (Guerrilla Funk Recordings, 2006) boasts the funk-inspired musical concoctions of the legendary Paris, fronted by ominous, alarming, and downright scathing commentary of post 9-11 America, as seen through the eyes of one of its strongest new voices.
Strong, plump bass lines permeate disturbing tales of the inner city, such as “Made In America” and “American Nightmare.” Keys, percussion, and guitars in the mode of 70’s Blaxploitation film era soundtracks can be heard throughout, highlighting such call-to-arm odes as “Turf War Syndrome,” “Stay Away,” and “Hustlematic.” “In My Drawz,” a dual-tone revelatory tale for the inner-city oppressed, sports a chorus that sounds as if it was sung by the hook king, Nate Dogg, while the raw vocal presence of T-Kash stomps over a Mobb-Deepesque groove. “How To Get Ass” rocks a letter to the president over old school drums accentuated by occasional keys and bass. And “Superman” sports one of the dopest hooks spit out in a long time.
Turf War Syndrome is a fiercely strong debut with quality music and strong, relevant content. This isn’t for the commercial hip-hop head. This album is for those who miss the late-eighties, early nineties when you had PE and Poor Righteous Teachers as much in the forefront as any other rap music.
T-Kash is a student of hip-hop bringing back the backbone of real American music who hasn’t forgotten that the revolution has yet to be realized. Join the movement.