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D-Tension - Contacts Contracts II



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D-Tension - Contacts Contracts II
(2xCD/2xLP) Brick Records/Openzic, 2006-07-10

Review :
D-Tension nous propose un double album: le premier disque "Contacts & Contracts II", ou chaque titre comprend un featuring parmi lesquels Esoteric, Main Flow, Krum... Suivi du deuxieme disque, son album solo "Rap Music Sucks". Ce double opus est donc l'opportunité de découvrir toute l'originalité de ce producteur MC trop méconnu.

"Contacts & Contracts II" nous plonge au coeur du hip hop: pas de demi-mesure, on retrouve un hip hop incisif, tapant aux oreilles d'entrée de jeu avec "Lay 'em Down" (feat. Krumsnatcha), suivi du magnifique morceau "Pretty Little Whorse" ou les MCs Vinnie Paz & Outherspace nous font bouger la tete de leur flow précis & classique à la fois. Les featurings se suivent & ne se ressemblent pas: tour à tour Termanology & Prospect pour un "Verbal Gun Talk" hip hop jazzy qui en impose, rappelant The Herbaliser, Main Flow & Don Dallas dans un exercice plus classique avec "Want Some", ou encore le funkiest Bobby Brown avec "Apathy". Une multitude d'autres invités rentre dans la danse pour nous donner au final un album assez classique, variant les genres & parfaitement réalisé, homogène.

"Rap Music Sucks", son solo est toutefois plus intéressant. En effet,comme souvent lors des albums solo, cela permet de se faire une idée plus précise de son travail. Autant le dire tout de suite, cet album est à conseiller sans tarder aux amateurs de hip hop direct, "phat", où l'objectif est de bouger de la tête au pieds. Amateurs de hip hop "intellectuel", passez votre chemin ! Citons sans plus attendre "Intercontinental", une des perles de l'album, ou D-Tension nous embarque dans un voyage oriental de toute beauté. L'humour est également de la partie, puisque le MC nous embarque dans une autobiographie hors norme avec le titre "No Habla Espagnol", où le langage usité est un bon mélange entre l'espagnol & l'anglais: du bon "Espanglais". "Take It Off" featuring Nabo Rawk & Big Ben Hillman reste une valeur sûre de l'album, énergique & incisif au possible.

En résumé, D-Tension nous livre un double album classique certes, toutefois frais & décalé. Son album solo est plus intéressant dans la longueur, car plus personnel & moins quelconque que "Contacts & Contracts II" malgré le nombre de featurings talentueux. Cerise sur le gâteau, avec les 33 titres présents sur ce double cd, vous en aurez pour vos oreilles!
Lawkyz

Tracklisting CD1 :
01. Intro
02. Lay 'em Down (feat. Krumbsnatcha)
03. Pretty Little Whores (feat. Outerspace/Vinnie Paz)
04. This Is Our Year (feat. Prospect)
05. Verbal Gun Talk (feat. Doujah Raze)
06. You're A Bitch Too (feat. Slug)
07. Want Some (feat. Main Flow)
08. Back With Her Mother (feat. Akrobatik)
09. Bobby Brown (feat. Apathy)
10. Pop'd At (feat. Termanology, Ed Rock and Edo. G)
11. Hard (feat. Mic Stylz/Poverty)
12. Hectic (feat. 7L & Esoteric)
13. Good Times (feat. Wordsworth)
14. Fuck Friends (feat. Effect)
15. Any Time Of Day (feat. Headkrack)
16. Outro

Tracklisting CD2 :
01. Intro
02. Hip Hop Song
03. Confused and Amused
04. No Habla Intro
05. No Habla Espanol
06. Take It Off (feat. Nabo Rawk and Big Ben Hillman)
07. Fun With Guns
08. Soccer Mom
09. Soccer Mom Request
10. Blunts Cause Cancer
11. Intercontinental (feat. 7L & Esoteric and Akrobatik)
12. Rap Music Sucks
13. I Don't Promote Shows
14. Backpacker skit
15. Retro Futuristic Backpacker Special
16. Dumb It Down
17. The N Word

Links :
d-tension.com
myspace.com/dtensionbeats
brickrecords.com
myspace.com/brickrecords

Press Release :
Hip Hop producer D-Tension is back with the ambitious follow up to 2002's critically acclaimed "Contacts & Contracts". C&C II displays D's growth as a composer, collaborator, producer and MC. The Bronx native first made a name for himself producing tracks for Krumbsnatcha, Edo. G, Hieroglyphics and Akrobatik when he burst onto the indie rap scene in the late 90's. More recently D-Tension has expanded his resume by scoring films and contributing music to an array of TV shows. His music has appeared on MTV's Real World, ESPN's Sportscenter, HBO Boxing and in films and documentaries on Showtime, NBC and The Discovery Channel. D has also recently produced albums for rock artists including Mighty Mighty Bosstones' guitarist Kevin Stevenson and Frank Morey for legendary blues label Delmark Records.
In 2006 D-Tension has returned to his rap roots working with Apathy, Akrobatik, Krumbsnatcha and many others in addition to his new opus Contacts & Contracts II. C&C II is a double album featuring D's solo album, "Rap Music Sucks", on one disc and exclusive collaborations with the biggest names in indie rap on the other. The album features Slug of Atmosphere, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks, Krumbsnatcha, Akrobatik, Prospect of Fat Joe's Terror Squad, 7L & Esoteric, Main Flow, Termanology and many others. The enhanced CD's contain full-length music videos for: "Soccer Mom", "No Habla Espanol", "Confused & Amused", "Retro Futuristic Backpacker Special" featuring D-Tension's trademark humor and unique subject matter.

Press Release from D-Tension MySpace page :
At long last, my new album is in stores tomorrow on Brick Records. If you want a copy please cop it at Newbury Comics, ughh.com or wherever hip hop records are sold.
I'm proud of the result and look forward to feedback: love, hate and everything else people will say. There are definitely some tracks that will cause a stir, some of it may even be about you!
For fans of my beats, disc one is "Contacts & Contracts II": my beats with an all star roster of indie rap MCs. For fans of my solo songs try disc 2 "Rap Music Sucks". Both discs are enhanced with my music videos.
I have posted a sampler of both discs on my myspace page. It automatically plays when you go to www.myspace.com/dtensionbeats
Thanks for the support.
Djouls

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