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On Straight From Your Radio, Topher Lafata raps of his lyrical and sexual prowess over powerful jagged-edge electro; if he lacks the rapping talent of fellow indie-electronic MCs Gonzales and Cex, at least the productions are far better than anyone else doing similar material. His second EP, this one recorded for Tigerbeat6, isn't quite as extreme and inventive as the productions of label boss Kid 606, but it does represent an exciting middle ground between trad dance/pop/hip-hop and the twitchy hardcore gabba preferred by the Kid. Despite a few deft rhymes (sample: "musique concrète, MCs at my feet"), Gold Chains' rapping is less Rakim and more Fred Durst, and he has trouble bringing across the sexed-up booty techno of "I Treat Your Coochie Like a Maze" or the equally self-explanatory "Mountains of Coke" (both of which are unintentionally hilarious).


Born: Reading, PA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

A hip-hop hooligan for the indie rock crowd, Gold Chains has recorded for Orthlorng Musork and Tigerbeat6, hardly the equals of Def Jam or Rawkus. Still, he's a talented rapper and producer, closer to seriously humorous rappers like Gonzales than the hip-hop satire of MC Paul Barman. He was born Topher Lafata and grew up in Reading, PA, parlaying an early interest in skateboarding and hardcore punk into a band influenced by post-punk and industrial. He kept on performing while at college in Connecticut,...
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