Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Listening Post


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.

6 comments:

Tabi said...

DXM needs a "Like" button.

Alanna said...

So funny Tabi! I wrote "like" before and then messed up typing in the captcha word and just x'd out ;)

dls said...

It's a great album. Have you listened to Michael Franti's work with Spearhead? The first Spearhead album is excellent.

David Davies said...

This was the first time I came across Charlie Hunter, their guitarist. He's totally unreal.

Kronos said...

The Winter of the Long Hot Summer is such an amazing song. Yeah, this whole CD is a landmark achievement, brutally under appreciated, but this song has always just affected me, like a sack of bricks upside the head.

Al said...

I remember debating the merits of DHH and Arrested Development with another WVUM DJ at the time. He was right - AD was FAR more successful...but I maintain DHH made a better album.

It's been a while since I listened to it...thanks for the reminder.