13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fourth full-length collaboration between Bay Area rap veteran Andre Nickatina and his younger protégé kicks off with one of the duo’s strongest songs to date. “A Peez Paradse” builds slowly, beginning with alternating spoken word snippets from the two stars. An eerie loop of a woman laughing enters, and low, liquid beats erupt from underneath. Soon Nickatina and Equipto are passing the mic back and forth, alighting the groove with fantastical pimp wisdom. It’s a futuristic funk stomp, invested with the force of Run-DMC’s “Peter Piper.” Though Nickatina is well-known for his penchant for bizarre beats, Bullet Symphony is a lyrical platform. He comes out and has a blast with concept songs like the alliterative “Purrfect Storm” and “Candy Bars,” which focuses solely on candy metaphors. The beats are relatively straightforward by Nickatina’s standards, but there isn’t one boring verse on here. While Equipto is usually outshined by his older mentor, he is quickly elevating himself to Nickatina’s level, especially on “Comb Your Hair,” in which he boasts that he’s “smooth as silk, I spit milk and make butter.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fourth full-length collaboration between Bay Area rap veteran Andre Nickatina and his younger protégé kicks off with one of the duo’s strongest songs to date. “A Peez Paradse” builds slowly, beginning with alternating spoken word snippets from the two stars. An eerie loop of a woman laughing enters, and low, liquid beats erupt from underneath. Soon Nickatina and Equipto are passing the mic back and forth, alighting the groove with fantastical pimp wisdom. It’s a futuristic funk stomp, invested with the force of Run-DMC’s “Peter Piper.” Though Nickatina is well-known for his penchant for bizarre beats, Bullet Symphony is a lyrical platform. He comes out and has a blast with concept songs like the alliterative “Purrfect Storm” and “Candy Bars,” which focuses solely on candy metaphors. The beats are relatively straightforward by Nickatina’s standards, but there isn’t one boring verse on here. While Equipto is usually outshined by his older mentor, he is quickly elevating himself to Nickatina’s level, especially on “Comb Your Hair,” in which he boasts that he’s “smooth as silk, I spit milk and make butter.”

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About Andre Nickatina

With a penchant for old-school rhymes and lo-fi beats, Andre Nickatina hails from the West Coast. He released Cocaine Raps and Raven in My Eyes simultaneously on the Dogday imprint, but it was the trilogy of 1999's Tears of a Clown and 2000's These R the Tales and Daiquiri Factory Cocaine Raps that put Nickatina on the West Coast circuit. After these releases emerged during what was highly regarded as his golden period, Nickatina followed up in 2003 with the highly ambitious CD/movie project Conversation With a Devil. ~ Rob Theakston

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