Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Released in 1992 (which as I've mentioned before was, as far as I'm concerned, the best year for music in my lifetime), Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy's debut album was a triumph of that early subgenre of rap known as social consciousness hip-hop. In fact, Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury really may stand as one of the landmark albums in the entire rap game, period -- tackling subjects from violent homophobia, to war in the Middle East, to the destructive power of cacophonous television, and doing it all in stark, unequivocating terms.
What's really amazing, though, is that I happened to be going through some old compilation CDs the other day and came across this, the opening track from that album, and was instantly struck by how astonishingly relevant it is right now. Sure, a couple of the references are undeniably dated -- but more than a few of them aren't. Replace one or two words and it could easily have been written a week ago.
Proof that the more things change...
Here's Satanic Reverses.