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Another victory!

rench and the gangstagrass gang deliver again and again and again. such a unique and fun sound! Banjo's, fiddles, dobro's, killer beats, and yes, rap. the ultimate recipe!

Truly Unique!

get this and get your groove on - non stop hard beats with big banjo sound on top !

“Welcome to the Church of Gangstagrass”

This is not an easy Band to review because there’s nobody else doing what they do—no simple “tastes like chicken” comparison to be made. Bottom Line: It’s a collection of Hip-Hop Rhymers backed by a Bluegrass Group…….and as strange as that might sound, it really works! The ratio of Bluegrass to Rap varies widely, track-to-track, but the mix always seems to be “just right”. Mainstream America knows these guys because their nationwide exposure comes from performing the Theme Song to Timothy Olyphant’s “Justified” TV series—the original appearing on their first Album and a newly recorded mix on this outing. If you read other Reviews, you’ll find Bluegrass Purists absolutely horrified to find Rap Rhymes laid over the top of their sacred Genre and the same only opposite reaction from Hip-Hop Absolutists. If you need your Music to fit snugly into one small, narrow box and consider all else heresy then these guys are not for you. If, on the other hand, you’re an honest Music Lover and always looking for Good Stuff regardless of its “label” then you owe it to yourself to give Gangstagrass a listen. Me? My love of Bluegrass harkens back to the father of the form—Bill Monroe-- and as far as Rap / Hip-Hop goes, I’m much less versed due mostly to my age, I imagine—being far outside the target demographic. But I have a tremendous love of talented lyricists and like most folks, can’t resist a Serious Groove that gets right down under my skin. These guys won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but you’re cheating yourself if you never give one of their Albums a complete Listen and this new one is a fine candidate (although I’d be hard-pressed to say which of their Albums is my favorite but then—who cares? It’s ALL Good!) Finally, lest anyone be put-off by the name of the Band, the use of the prefix “Gangsta” is more catchy than literal. Sure—there’s a m*therf*cker or two in the mix but there’s no B*tches & H*s—the lyrical content leans toward modern interpretations of standard Bluegrass motifs and avoids the misogyny and sexism that the term “Gangsta” commonly invokes. So c’mon—give ‘em a Spin! Even if it doesn’t work for you, is $10 really gonna break you to find that out? I guarantee that your local Public Library will be more than happy to take this disc off your hands should you not “connect” with it!
P.S. Don’t buy any of the available “compressed” Audio formats—go straight for the CDs—you’ll wanna savor every drop of Musical Artistry that went into these Recordings!
P.P.S. It gets 4 stars instead of 5 only because folks seem to hand out 5 stars to almost everything and considering the entire panoply of Music available in the world, I'd really like to see 5 stars reserved for truly transcendent works, wouldn't you?

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