The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy - Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury
The Disposable Heroes of Hipoprisy were an Industrial Hip-Hop band that was active in the early 1990s, formed by Michael Franti and Rono Tse. The album Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury was their first release, coming out in 1992. The album came out to great critical acclaim, with Franti's powerful political lyrics leading the way.
Writing about Hip-hop is very hard for me. It's a genre in which I have very little experience, which makes comparison difficult. That said, I like pretty much everything about this album. The music underneath is fascinating. It features some guitar work by Charlie Hunter, which is subtle but effective. The percussion is absolutely astounding, the work done by Rono Tse and Simone White to bring a powerful beat is invigorating and infectious.
Of course, the central gem in this crown is the lyric work of Michael Franti. The lyrics of each and every song on this album are powerful. From the song Music and Politics, "If ever I would stop thinking about music and politics, I might be able to listen in silence to your concerns, rather than hearing everything as an accusation or an indictment against me." He also tackles racial and political issues, like in the song Famous and Dandy (Like Amos and Andy) "We learn to like to be the heroes/We learn to lie to the brand name negroes/We learn to laugh to avoid being angry/We learn to kill and learn to go hungry/We learn not to feel, for protection/and we learn to flaunt when we get an erection."
I really, really like this album. It hits politics hard, the lyrics are strong and edgy, and the music behind it all keeps the whole package together. Michael Franti has a winner, here with the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, with Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury. You should totally listen to it.
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on 2008-10-09 dscanland Said:
Yes, this is a classic! BUT, I had no idea Charlie Hunter played on it. That is amazing in itself.