After years of concocting his unique funky rap style in the ‘burbs of Brisbane, the mic welding bandit known as Evil Eddie has unleashed his wit on the Australian hip hop community, announcing his arrival as a serious solo performer.
Kicking off the release, ‘Hungover Again’ features some of the regrettable recollections of a heavy alcohol infused outing, which sees the vocalist sort his way through a series of unfortunate events.
Triple J fan favourite ‘Queensland’ introduces some of Evil Eddie’s early musical influences, varying from heavy rock riffs to funky upbeat bass lines.
Nothing is spared in this quirky tune, as Eddie namedrops his way from native Queensland fauna to members of the police force.
‘Golden Age’ once again reaches into the eccentric lyricist’s instrumental rock and funk influences. Featuring a touch of vintage vocoding, the track is element heavy, with several sound sources fighting for the limelight: turntable scratches, samples, peculiar percussion.
Placed cleverly at the record’s halfway point, instrumental jam ‘Fucking Frenzy’ opens up an eletro-funk portal, intertwining Eddie’s fascination for the unusual, and showcases the versatile instrumental talents of the defiant genre bending emcee.
From the smoothly performed bass to the free flowing guitar skanking, single ‘(Somebody Say) Evil’ gives listeners a slice of Eddie’s best effort at a self-biography, venturing from rhymes about previous stomping grounds, to verses warding off any Evil Eddie haters.
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The album is a fine representation of new and old hip hop elements working harmoniously to create a charming mixture.