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B.A.D Company “Bars And Drums”

If you try to find this album on the web after you read this review before 11/29/11, you won’t find it. That’s right, we’ve had this album for a while now, and the review is here before the album even drops. B.A.D Company let us take an early peek at the fantastic project that is “Bars And Drums”. Laced with great lyricism, and great production, the Cali rap trio serves up a reason for us to remember the West Coast as a hip-hop super-region.

I love all Hip-Hop, but being from the Midwest, I’m partial to the sample-heavy beats of Kanye. The poetry-infused bars of Common & Lupe. Even the heavy hitting bars of Eminem or Jay-Z are my speed. West Coast hip-hop never hit the same heartstrings for some reason. Lately, being here at Rap Rise, my eyes have been opened to some budding talent that shows me why I was missing out.

B.A.D Company (BC) consists of rappers Pawz One, Destruct and Asterix. All three guys have great presence on the mic, and their lyrics match their tenacity. The album itself is great, and it’s extremely well rounded. Even though these guys have a sound/niche, they know how to give variety within that sound. ALL rappers need to adopt this quality.

When I tell you this album is good from start to finish, I mean it. Of course, it’s moody, it isn’t a party album by any means. But if you love hip-hop, you will like this album. You have to respect what these guys are doing. The album’s title track is just a glorified intro, but when that sample comes in….whooo weee, it’s funky. Which brings me to one of my favorite things about this album – it’s production. All the beats are fairly simple, there is rarely anything that could be deemed unexpected, but every one of the tracks is done well. They make great use of a lot of forgotten songs, cutting samples with a good ear.

The album itself keeps a somber mood, but never gets boring. The marraige of BC’s production team, and the rappers themselves is perfect. So even the low points in the album, are still high in energy. “L.A After Dark” is a smooth, bluesy track. The beat would make you think that it lacks energy, but that hook is reminiscent of old school Erykah Badu. When these guys take the energy up though, hold on. “Grit Is All We Know” and “B.A.D!” are so infectious, it’s hard not dance along.

An album that I don’t have anything bad to say about? Well, congrats BC, that’s a first. These guys are by no means the greatest rappers alive. And this album is not my favorite album of all time. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t an extremely well made album. It’s simply fantastic. These guys did a great job of figuring out what works for them, and in turn, made a great body of work. Great job fellas.

(Reviewed by LG originally posted on

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