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Dee-Enay – Somebody Call The Pound
Dee-Enay – The Storm – 2005

Dave Arnold

I came home from work a couple of days ago to see that my first CD to review for ozhiphop had arrived in the mail. As soon as I opened the envelope and my eyes scanned the album artwork, I knew I was in for something good. I knew that what I was about to hear was going to be different to what you would normally hear on an Aussie hip-hop radio show. I was about to hear something a lot darker, from my favourite hip-hop subculture. A genre which I�ve devoted a lot of my time to, most commonly known as horrorcore. Up until now I never thought Australians could pull off this wicked style as well as the yanks, but Dee-enay has proved me wrong.
However, not all of the album�s contents resemble the darker side of life. The album has a lot of diversity and a wide range of topics, attitudes and beliefs have been explored. Dee-enay comes across well with that �I don�t give a fuck attitude� which as we all know goes well in an aussie accent over a sick beat. And yes, this album does have a lot of dope production (compliments of Hakatak). Although a lot of it is very similar, it is still good and fits the lyrics well.
The album opens up with an intro entitled �the storm�. It begins with the sounds of a storm and some eerie background music, which immediately tells us that what we are about to hear is different to most other albums on the shelves in the Aussie hip-hop section of JB. Dee-enay then breaks in with some very fast rapping over an eerie beat and the album is under way. The next track �W.U.S.A.� (what�s up south Australia) is a great choice for an opening track and is a good introduction to Dee-enay�s style. Speaking of which, I�ve gotta say that I�m loving this guy�s style; his voice is tight and he keeps to the beat very well on every track. However, although he has a tight flow, it does not change much throughout the album but you will like it if you like speedy rapping because there are not too many pauses on this at all and he does it well, without showing any signs of running out of breath.
As I mentioned earlier, Dee-enay is a lot different to what most people expect in Australian hip-hop, but he stays true to the country and is very appealing with a lot of references to our celebrities and TV shows, etc. This album also features some hilarious skits, which I�m sure anyone would find entertaining.
Consistency is an important part in albums, as we all know and I think the tracklist has been placed together pretty well, with everything in the right place, keeping your finger away from that evil skip button. Song topics however, are not a big factor for this one. It seems that a lot of the tracks have just been thrown together with verses about all different things and on the tracks where the topics are set out clearly, I must say that Dee-enay hasn�t done the best job in keeping to them. But dope rhymes and an ill flow definitely make up for that. The final two tracks �Till I drop dead� and �after the flood� would have to be my favourites. They�re both great tracks and have definitely been put in the right place on the tracklist. �After the flood� features a guy called �plague� who sings the chorus and makes a great job of it. The song is mainly about achieving your goals in life and not letting anyone stop you and as I said, topics aren�t Dee-enay�s best feature, but he does a lot better with it on this track than the others and manages to pull it off really well. An emotional track is always good to have as a closer, because when we take the CD out of our players, we are not just thinking about the guy�s rapping, but also his life and this often triggers something in us that makes us want to know more and continue following his story in music.
In my short time on these boards, I have gathered that most people here are not fans of the hardcore style in Aussie rap and would rather hear battle tracks or MCs rap about hip-hop itself. But I think we should all be open to new things in our genre as it continues to grow. I don�t expect to see many Aussie�s coming out with a style like this, but if you�re looking for something different or enjoy the darker side of hip-hop, then this CD is for you. And regardless of what you like, you should still check this album out and give it ago because it is definitely tight.
Stand out tracks: Acid rain, �till I drop dead, after the flood, nutcase.