Lazerus Jackson - Crime (Re-issue) CDR
$11.95 (save $7.00). Once it sells, it's gone. We do not expect to restock.
One of the most slept on albums of 2002! It's a shame too because Laz is an incredibly gifted emcee, chamelion-like in the sense that he flows so rhythmically on just about any beat and in perfect harmony. Hearing is believing, and storytelling is his forte, the theme of the album 'Crime' takes us on somewhat of a hip hop opera. A Godfather-ish tone of money, greed and power. And while a few songs may not relate to the tale being told throughout the album, the production from both Elon.is and Argo accompanies the cinematic 'Gang Busters' theme with several heavy piano laced beats and nicely placed movie quotes. But the storytelling aspect of the album may have lead to the reason for it going almost unnoticed by the hip hop community. A casual listener could easily misinterpret the lyrics and think; 'Who does this guy think he is?' But Lazerus isn't claiming to be hard (depends on your definition), he's talking about crooks and criminals, both omnisciently and in the first person, he's talking about the rise and fall of the fictional characters he's created in his stories about organized crime. And sometimes to pull this off you need to take on the role of those characters in each song to explicitly convey your message. Is Lazerus Jackson the first person to come up with a concept like this? No. But the storytelling is brilliant, and this is one emcee who pulls it off masterfully.
|Production: 1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12 Jason the Argonaut, 2, 8, 13-15 Elon.Is, 3, 7, 11, Ehnertia, 5 Mercury, |
|1.||All Points Bulletin|
|3.||Paint the Town|
|4.||Trouble Is (Cheating Game)|
|6.||Carry the One (The Funeral Song)|
|7.||House of Cards|
|8.||Hip Hop Police|
|12.||Stole Fire (Synchronized Minds)|