Big Jus & Orko Eloheim - NMS Woe To Thee O Land Whose King Is A Child LP
Well, this has been five years in the making, and is a welcome return to wax for underground stalwart Big Juss (Co Flow), ably backed up by Orko Eloheim on the vocals (and no He-Man jokes or there’ll be trouble).
As you’ve probably guessed from the title this is not another instalment in the ever-expanding list of Jigg-a-nomics CDs available from your local mall/fluorescent outlet.
In fact, this is probably the most focused blast of political Hip-Hop I’ve ever heard.
Beyond the scatter-shots of previous generations (Paris, PE) towards earlier administrations (Reagan, Bush the Elder), Juss has compiled ten tracks of totally uncompromising anti-George information for your ears.
Starting with some heavy laser stabs and hollow soundtrack-style public information reports, the onslaught begins with the Eastern sounding typewriter madness of ‘Invisible Oblivion’- a slow, sinister joint that allows both emcees to deliver at a rate of knots, and provides a lyrical breakdown of where the venom should be injected.
‘Super Pretzel’ follows and is not just a fucking funny title: It’s one of those joints that mixes the sound of industrial decay with the sweetest little piano lick, in classic ‘Co Flow’ style.
‘Brave New World’, apart from being an ill Shakespeare quote and a classic piece of 20th Century literature (it’s better than ‘1984’, yo!), is a storming, jittery anthem of a track. With some heavy Dead Prez-style chanting on the chorus, this shit is like Flash Gordon meets US boot-camp. Sick. Same goes for ‘Walk On Water’.
The whole set is mad cinematic with disparate news and speech samples holding the set together and pinpointing a lot of the truths that are actually spelled out by Bush and his cohorts in amongst all the propagandist bullshit.
The vocal set finishes with a remix of ‘Super Pretzel’, worthy of inclusion just to once again hear the colourful suggestion for Mr. Bush’s alternative employment arrangements. And I’m sure he’d be the best in the business.
So how do you rate a set like this? The concept is valid, the lyrics and beats are tight and it contains more information than two or three news channels combined. However, at the risk of sounding like a hypocrite, this onslaught is just a little too much for a whole set.
As far as recent releases go, the only comparable joint I’ve heard is Lif’s ‘Emergency Rations’ which manages to get the balance between political comment, sick lyrics and humour just right.
This lack of balance is only a minor observation, and taken in small doses this album is incredible. If listened to all the way through, you will be fiending for some frivolous Ludacris/ Swizz Beats type shit soon afterwards…or maybe that’s just me.
It’s a minor miracle this set found a label brave enough to release it, and who else but the excellent Big Dada? Don’t be put off by the content, just consume in small bites. Or flip to the full instrumental set and bear witness to the alternative Terminator soundtrack. Titanium Tight.
- Eddie Venom
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