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Album Review

Crazy Town's debut album, The Gift of Game, is similar to many other rap-inflected alternative metal albums in that it concentrates on sound over structure, creating macho, aggressive grooves with grinding, noisily textured guitars and the underlying feel of squared-off hip-hop beats. Hooks can be a bit hard to come by, since this isn't music that relies heavily on melody (or catchy guitar riffs), but that isn't necessarily a consideration for fans of the style. What's more relevant than the tightness of the songwriting is the intensity of the assault, and on that count, Crazy Town delivers the goods. Moreover, they're refreshingly skilled in the rap department when compared to some of their contemporaries, and the album bolsters its credibility with guest appearances from KRS-One and Mad Lion, to name two. Of course, Crazy Town's audience will be largely outside the hip-hop community, but it's evidence that they can be more serious about a truer fusion of genres when they want to be. There are elements of Limp Bizkit's juvenile humor, to be sure, but overall, the album shows promise.

Customer Reviews


i remember when this song came out!i loved it and still do!butterfly is one of the best songs ever for this genre.

One Hit Wonder

Buy Butterfly and leave the other songs alone. This album is incredibly bad and the only reason it has more than one star is because of Butterfly. What a single!

Deserves every boo in the crowd

When I first wanted to get a glimpse into filmmaking, I started off doing backstage work for stage and film through a mentoring program. One of the duties was taking boring mall promotions and fashion shows. I had to buy this album for the Butterfly single during such a fashion show, because by that time the promoters were no longer giving a copy with the purchase of single use rights. Now with a copy in hand, I decided to see if the album was just as unimaginative and generic as the butterfly single. I wasn't disappointed. From the Limp part of Limp Bizkit, came some of the most terrible pop, metal-rap one could imagine. Nothing more than generic sounds from a band that was created to do nothing more than capitalize on the popularity of bands like the aforementioned Limp Bizkit at the time. Later on that year, Crazy Town performed at Ozzfest only to be booed off stage as soon as the opening licks of Butterfly started to play. A friend who attended said she guffawed the entire time the band stood on stage confused and befuddled. I say they deserved every boo, hiss and jeer for trying to pass off musical carbon copying as art.


Formed: 1995 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Crazy Town's music and image reflected one of the most dynamic and volatile sociocultural environments on the planet — Los Angeles — where the urban squalor of the South Central district exists just minutes away from the glitz of Beverly Hills. Spearheaded by a team of producers/vocalists, Seth "Shifty Shellshock" Binzer and Bret "Epic" Mazur, Crazy Town combined hip-hop's lyrical attitude and rhythmic sass with the muscle of live rock instrumentation. The combination yielded...
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The Gift of Game, Crazy Town
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Oct 22, 1999
  • Parental Advisory

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