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Fight With Tools (Explicit Version)

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Album Review

When listening to the Flobots debut album, Fight with Tools, there's a feeling that all the destruction and injustice this politically motivated alt rap crew speak of has been seen through CNN YouTube. There's a certain grit missing, a certain soul that comes from living the nightmare and surviving, and whether they've been through it or not, the Flobots just don't display it. Fight with Tools also feels like a college class project partly because it's so clean, but also because it's incredibly busy with ambition and new ideas overflowing as everything and the kitchen sink get thrown into the record. This youthful ambition and willingness to explore is also what makes the record special. The Denver crew enter by spitting out a Gil Scott-Heron by way of Def Poetry Jam bit of prose on the opening "There's a War Going on for Your Mind," offering surreal lines like "It's raining pornography/Lovers take shelter" over melancholy chamber music. That's the Flobots' real hook; they rap with a live band, and not the guitar, bass, drums beat combo you've seen before. It's all of the above and some strings, horns, and other things left over from the orchestra and marching band. This isn't as Kids from Fame as it sounds, since the Flobots do have a believablly stern pose, and if they aren't experienced, they are brilliantly educated and aware. Good points are made with skill and fine wordplay, the guitars and drums crunch along driving home the message with head-bobbing grooves, and then album opens up with the marvelous "Handlebars," a carefully crafted, slowly building tale of the ego run wild via some beautiful muted trumpet. It's a very Fort Minor moment, and sweet relief from all the pain and in-your-face politics, suggesting the Flobots could benefit from a little more restraint. Here, they've got so much to stay it's hardly worth considering. If the talented young bucks want to shout down the world as if they own the place, why curb their inspiring appetite for justice by asking for discipline and composure?

Customer Reviews

I like it!

I heard about the Flobots via the split single they're doing with the King Blues and am thoroughly impressed with what I've seen and heard. They're a bit like Gym Class Heroes, but less cheesy, more... not mature... but just of a higher class than GCH. Handlebars is a wicked song, and the one I've listened to most - very chilled and cool. I'm looking forward to seeing them play live when they come to the UK!

Flobots, Beautiful stuff...

Well after hearing the song 'Handle Bars' on the radio about a month or two before the album was released I remember grabbing a pen and paper and excitedly taking down the artist's name; Flobots. Then after listening to the album, you realise that the single is merely one of many lyrically and musically powerful songs that the talented group has to offer. Ranging from the Funky, Beat-boxing 'Combat' to the bass drum, politically driven 'Standup' to the lexical fluidness of 'MayDay', the diversity of the album is astounding. From the little nuances; such as the interwoven feel created from song to song, melding the album together nicely. To the more obvious things like the attention to social, political and ethical issues, there is so much that this album gives. The sound of the album with its heavy basses, beautiful strings, deep drums, trumpets, compelling lyrics... Everything engineered together really nicely... creates a truly beautiful piece of Hip-Hop genius. (Plus, buy the UK version. You get the bonus track 'Iraq' - great track)

intelligent and inspiring!

Finally a hip-hop inspired group getting some mainstream attention; make that much deserved attention! I read a review below that said it wasn't true hip-hop and that if you like 'little Wayne' don't bother with this. In many ways that reviewer was right...if you want generic, self obsessed, materialistic "Hip-hop" that is churning out the same nonsense then don't bother with Flobots...if however, you feel like hearing something fresh, new and inspiring then get this album Now! Together We Rise!

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Denver, CO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Featuring dual MCs as well as a full band, Flobots are a progressive rap group from Denver, CO, with a political conscience, musical chops, and a powerful live show. Influenced by progressive rappers such as the Roots and Common as well as alternative hard rock bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Tool, Flobots were founded in 2005, comprised of MCs Jonny 5 (born Jamie Laurie) and Brer Rabbit (born Stephen Brackett) — who originally met in elementary school — along with musicians...
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Alternative Rap
  • Released: 15 April 2008
  • Parental Advisory

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