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Optimus Rhyme: Transform!

I'm not any sort of music afficionado, but I've never heard a greater consistency of quality in an album before. Lead vocalist Wheelie Cyberman raps about love, life, work, and cybernetic enhancements against a hip hop background-- formed by real music from real instruments-- in a way that feels more real than the most "Street" gangsta rapper. Well, the cybernetic enhancements are a bit of a stretch, but fit the tone and framework well. Yes, 50 Cent, we know how hard it is to be a famous, rich, hit machine. We know you wish you were allowed by your masters to rap about something real, something that matters. But fortunately for the rest of us, we have Optimus Rhyme to tell us about falling in love with a nurse with super shiny metal, being a ping pong champ, and in the end, just letting go. Every song is packed with goodness. When one aspect of the music backs down, another steps up, with no time in between for lag. Wheelie's vocals are solid throughout, with useful assists from Broken English, and Stumblebee's bass and Powerthighs' guitar make for catchy tunes, but when Grimrock unloads the drums on tracks like "Autobeat Airbus," "Who Me," and "Ergonomic," you remember where your money went. Good, solid stuff that's definitely worth your $10. Want a sample? Buy "Sick Day," "Ergonomic," and/or "Obey the Moderator."

Transcending Genres

This is the sound. The album that, once and for all, demonstrates that hip-hop cannot be held to any one set of definable characteristics. Their first album had but flashes of brilliance. You would listen and say to yourself, "Boy, there's something amazing buried in here. This is interesting, but I think there could be more." And there is. Much more. It's called 'School the Indie Rockers.' There are certainly traces of nerdcore in this album, but this breaks free of a lot of the gimmicky conventions of the nerdcore underground movement and belongs in the pantheon of revolutionary hip-hop albums along with Run-DMC's "Raising Hell," A Tribe Called Quest's "The Low End Theory," and Nas's "Illmatic." High praise? Absolutely. But it is earned. There is almost no chance that Optimus Rhyme will be embraced by the so-called "hip-hop heads," but that's okay. Their myopia toward creativity in hip-hop is typified by this refusal to allow new ideas into a genre that has so much life in it. Congratulations to Optimus Rhyme for making one of the most ingenious hip-hop albums of all time...if even nobody is smart enough to realize it.

Nerdcore no more

Optimus Rhyme can no longer just be called "nerdcore". They have amazing instrumentals coupled with Wheelie Cyberman's excellent lyrics. He can hold his own as a rapper, hearing him live is absolutely amazing. Infectious beats, songs that will get stuck in your head, and references to geek culture and the Transformers. What more can you want? WHAT? TELL ME!!!

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