Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CD Review: Gangstagrass Blend Together Country Twang And Hip-Hop On "Rappaclachia"

What if Johnny Cash and Jay-Z worked together on an album? It may have sounded like Gangstagrass' latest release, "Rappalachia." From New York comes this rare, but wildly successful combination of hip-hop lyrics along a country backdrop.

The album features a load of guest rappers including Kool Keith, Dead Prez, T.O.N.E-z and R-Son just to name a few. The album came about when the FX Network came looking for a theme song for their show "Justified." The theme song "Long Hard Times To Come" was so successful, earning an Emmy nomination in 2010, that a full-length album was in order and Gangstagrass was born.

The music is so addictive that you forget that these rappers are rolling their lyrics along with banjos and violins carrying the songs. The lyrics to the songs "Gunslinger Rambler" and "Shoot Dem" fit this new genre perfectly. "Our Life" sounds as if it was made to be the theme song for Quentin Tarantino's recent movie "Django Unchained." They get their country two-step going on the instrumentals "Rappalachia 6" and "Crossbow," but its songs like "Down By The River, Down By The Sea" that bang. The album closes with the most hip-hop sounding song on the album, "Till My Last Shot," which Johnny Cash would have been proud to be a part of. 

Ganstagrass are currently on the road promoting the new album, "Rappalachia." They will be heading down from Canada at the end of February, performing March 1 at Two Boots in Bridgeport, CT before moving on to New York. For more information on this one-of-a-kind sound, please visit ganstagrass.com.

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