Fair forecast for Weathermen
Fair forecast for Weathermen
Daily Staff Writer
The Weathermen Crew has been making themselves known recently. Of the four solo albums from the members that have been released, only the High and Mighty's album can possibly be considered average. Copywrite and RJD2's solo albums are incredible and have almost infinite replay value. Cage, the fourth solo member is the underdog of the crew.
His early beef with Eminem attracted much attention in the underground, but as Em blew up, Cage's insults landed on deaf ears and Slim Shady's attention refocused on easier, more popular targets.
From Cage's battles verses to his compelling self-destructive narratives on his EP "Suicidal Failure," the hopes for his new full-length album were high.
Cage's "Movies for the Blind" fulfills years of expectations. He has evolved into an entertainingly controversial rapper in his own right.
Cage's album is full of gory, mentally twisted tales and battle verses, mostly supported by the High & Mighty's DJ Mighty Mi and his clean, solid production.
J-Zone supplies one of the best beats on the album -- not to mention his own career -- for Cage to relate a fictional first-person experience as a mental patient.
The classic single, "Agent Orange," is thankfully included on this album. Producer Necro's eerie sample from Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" and scratched chorus, whispering, "They said his brain was infected by devils," provide the perfect backdrop to Cage's disturbed ramblings.
"Unlike Tower," featuring Copywrite and the High and Mighty, is a perfectly executed posse cut. Cage opens the track with gruesome threats, Copy follows with his trademarked vicious flow and Mr Eon's nasal flow adds the finishing touches to this cut atop the ominous Mighty Mi score.
No topic goes untouched as Cage proceeds to refer to the World Trade Center as "New York's two burnin' middle fingers."
Even with all of the controversial lyrics that abound on this release, some of Cage's life can be found here as on "The Soundtrack to Kill Your Stepfather."
The song describes how one would go about such a task. This subject is inherently unsettling, but the fact that he makes mention of his step-father in several other songs on the album indicates that relations with his own step-father were less than perfect.
Needless to say, Cage's lyrics aren't for the faint of heart. With the content of his music, it is literally impossible to become commercially successful.
As one half of the Smut Peddlers, Mr. Eon and he suprisingly took this style of hip hop to the bottom of the Billboard charts, though.
There are only one or two average songs on this otherwise stellar debut album. DJ Mighty Mi and the several guest producers are in top form for this LP.
This is, without a doubt, Cage's best material to date. The top-notch production doesn't hurt, either.
Many will definitely take offense to some lyrics, but others will find them amusingly over the top.
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