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Fight With Tools

Flobots

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There are two ways for a new band to find an audience: To adhere strictly to the preconceived rules of a certain genre, or to refuse rules altogether. On Fight With Tools Flobots take the latter route. The album is led by the unlikely breakout single “Handlebars,” which is a built on a tense beat punctuated by plucked violin and mournful trombone. The song begins with lead vocalist/rapper Jamie Laurie quietly repeating the phrase “I can ride my bike with no handlebars”; by the end of the song he’s screaming “I can end the planet in a holocaust.” Between those two planes exists the remainder of Fight With Tools, which does an impressive job of encompassing the conflicting moods of the modern world, from benignity and numbness to passion and rage. Flobots wisely hide their most fiery messages within their most catchy songs, including “Rise,” “Same Thing” and “Stand Up.” Few groups are as good at synthesizing as many divergent ideas, which is what makes Fight With Tools truthful. The world is as confusing as it is miraculous, and this album is an accurate reflection of our present, information-saturated reality.

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Just freaking awesome

great. Not about how they get girls, or do alot of drugs, its about the world. really good. love it.

Socially Responsible Hip-Hop

I first heard Handlebars on the radio and instantly had to buy the album. That song in particular is insightful and inspiring. I am not generally a fan of hip-hop, but the rhythms and lyrics of "Fight With Tools" are truly incredible. The album is full of social commentary and echos the feeling that if we tried just a bit harder this world would be a much better place. Check out Stand Up. With violin tones, this song's tone is reminiscent of early frontier America. "We still don't understand thunder when lightning flash back to when we didn't fund the dam. Didn't fund the damn levy. No wonder man. Now a whole damn city's torn asunder man. We still don't understand." - Stand Up

Amazing

Heard on radio. Freaked out. Bought it. Crazy amazing.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Denver, CO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Featuring dual MCs as well as a full band, Flobots are a progressive rap group from Denver, CO, with a political conscience, musical chops, and a powerful live show. Influenced by progressive rappers such as the Roots and Common as well as alternative hard rock bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Tool, Flobots were founded in 2005, comprised of MCs Jonny 5 (born Jamie Laurie) and Brer Rabbit (born Stephen Brackett) — who originally met in elementary school — along with musicians...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Alternative Rap
  • Released: Apr 15, 2008
  • Parental Advisory

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