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Tears of a Clown

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Tears of a Clown opens with one of Andre Nickatina’s most essential songs. “Rap Gods” is a portrait of the artist’s fate in rap. Having heeded the call of the rap gods, Nickatina spits like a man anointed. In an industry in which copycats are rewarded with money and fame, one must be driven by deeper forces to adhere to a vision as singularly gnarly as that of Tears of a Clown. Every song chooses a path diametrically opposed to the standard rap song. The beats pursue a kind of schizophrenic funk, and the beats writhe and stutter in unwieldy celebration. Even as the beats do everything possible to buck the listener, Nickatina remains the consummate rapper’s rapper. Simply put, he rhymes his ass off, tearing into these tracks with unselfconscious gusto. For all his oddball tactics, Nickatina approaches his music with a fervor rarely seen in rap stars. He aptly describes his modus operandi in “My Rap World”: “Try to bite what I write and it'll break ya jaw / Andre Nickatina right here in the raw.”

Customer Reviews

The Rap Game is Everlasting Like Infinity

Classic Nicky T. This is such a legit CD. Its got great lyrics, nice beats, and nice word play. Nickatina at his finest. I like this more than some of his more recent stuff. It feels like he really was writing, and getting deep into the lyrics. with the classic nickatina flow. the songs are chill and have ideas behind them. not just girls and money. not even gangster. he has a nice mix of dont push me, but I still have flow like Run DMC type swagger. a must have for any nickatina fans, and a must have for any1 not aquainted with andre nickatina. Pick this up!

Tears of A clown

Great samples and intuitive "bob your head beats" and brilliant flows.

bout time!

thats alli can say weve been waitin for this andre nickatina ish!

Biography

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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

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...
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