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Album Review

Crazy Town's debut album, The Gift of Game, is similar to many other rap-inflected alternative metal albums in that it concentrates on sound over structure, creating macho, aggressive grooves with grinding, noisily textured guitars and the underlying feel of squared-off hip-hop beats. Hooks can be a bit hard to come by, since this isn't music that relies heavily on melody (or catchy guitar riffs), but that isn't necessarily a consideration for fans of the style. What's more relevant than the tightness of the songwriting is the intensity of the assault, and on that count, Crazy Town delivers the goods. Moreover, they're refreshingly skilled in the rap department when compared to some of their contemporaries, and the album bolsters its credibility with guest appearances from KRS-One and Mad Lion, to name two. Of course, Crazy Town's audience will be largely outside the hip-hop community, but it's evidence that they can be more serious about a truer fusion of genres when they want to be. There are elements of Limp Bizkit's juvenile humor, to be sure, but overall, the album shows promise. [Gift of Game was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]

Customer Reviews


for every one out their that is criticizing this band of "stealing" a RHCP riff, CALM DOWN! its actually called sampling and so many songs are sampled its unbelievable. for example- Rhiana'a song S.O.S. is a sample of the 90's hit single "Tainted love". there are numerous occasions in the buisness and everyone needs to chill out! But this CD is horrible anyway.

Hey Morons

Look No One Cares if they stole part of a solo from a red hot chillie peppers song!Honestly Give it a rest guys.Besides Red hot chillie peppers suck!Crazy town is so much better.Butterfly is a great song,but Toxic is there best song.They didn't "Steal" that one to,did they?

Butterfly flys high

I like Butterfly alot AWESOME


Formed: 1995 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Crazy Town's music and image reflected one of the most dynamic and volatile sociocultural environments on the planet -- Los Angeles -- where the urban squalor of the South Central district exists just minutes away from the glitz of Beverly Hills. Spearheaded by a team of producers/vocalists, Seth "Shifty Shellshock" Binzer and Bret "Epic" Mazur, Crazy Town combined hip-hop's lyrical attitude and rhythmic sass with the muscle of live rock instrumentation. The combination yielded the group a number...
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The Gift of Game, Crazy Town
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Nov 04, 1999
  • Parental Advisory

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