"Release The Beast" came out in 2006 as the sophomore album from the Atlanta Crunk rapper BoneCrusher. The artist made a massive impact with his breakthrough "Never Scared" cut which was an unexpected global underground hit in 2003 as one of the premiering Crunk recordings to get mainstream play and he capitalised upon this as he moved on into this record a few years later on.
1. "We Are" (Intro)
2. "Stomp By The A Town"
You see that he wastes no time with any wasteful tunes as he gets right into some hardcore Crunk stuff where he is backed by some of the most empowering production to really take from what the Crunk movement of the 2004 period was about, and so this may have seemed a little out-dated at the time, but it still does big things as he reps his city for some rough club rap.
2. "Light, Camera, Action"
Moving things on a little on this one you have a track which has him moving on towards the more general Dirty South style of rapping with an approach similar to that of many eccentric names in the Hip Hop world. It has a grungy sound to it, but it doesn't really have anything significant going for it with such plain stuff coming through in it.
3. "I Do It"
You have some killer beats coming through with heavy 808 bass being used to drive it and it allows him to move towards the Crunk material in order to get some sort of reaction out of those who are really into this sort of thing. However I felt that the tune prior to it meant that you couldn't really get into it as it indicated that the lower end of the album would be really poor and so with a tracks such as this which doesn't require any lyrical skill, it seems a bit tacky.
4. "Southern Gorillas"
Here you have a track which appears to be trying to really bring all of the energy in "Never Scared" back with one which used a similar structure but uses a type of production which seems to have progressed towards what was current at that point. It is another hyped tune, but doesn't really deliver anything specific.
This is a one which moves things on quite a bit as you get something which sounds to be far form the norm and has the rapper trying out some experimental work whilst also using some of the things which the other typical 'country rappers have over the years (and in particular through the nineties, when they were all on the come-up). I didn't think it really did anything and it seemed to flop.
6. "Feel It"
This one seems to have an ominous feel to it and I felt that t was a bit of a contrast to what the rhymes appeared to attempt to put across and so it wasn't really all that successful. It sees his rapping in a manner which is really clichéd and offers no originality at all with various references to his hustle due to the struggle he is alleged has gone through up to this point.
7. "Pistol Fo"
Here you see that he does more of the typical kind of work which you tend to find in rap from southern rappers as he gets into a little Gangsta rap. However the way it is one is far from the standards of the likes of Young Jeezy, T.I. or Rick Ross when he gets down to it as it really doesn't appeal to have anything to do with his personal situation and doesn't do all that much to excite anyone.
8. "I'm A Hustler"
He comes relentlessly with the predictable raps and here with more about is street grind it gets to the point when you simply don't care anymore. The rhymes are plain and do nothing to assist the lack of energy you find in the production.
9. "Mug On"
As the buck chants start this one off, you know that he is moving in towards the Crunk material to take things to the clubs. It is just as intimidating as all Crunk tracks should be and with his intense approach you know that played loud, it would get peopled moving, but for me in this album it just wasn't doing what should be expected.
10. "Get That Money"
This is a track which has him coming with a hook sung by himself and it really is doesn't set things up well as (of course) it was weak, and the subsequent verse features some wack rhymes which sees him basically coming out with more of the lifeless stuff which came at each other point here.
11. "This One"
You see some pretty fly beats coming through on this final track early on, but as it moves on and more instruments get involved, it loses its quality and as you see BoneCrusher half-singing and choosing to do some half-serious rhymes it didn't sound like him and wasn't coming across as impactful as his style is.
Essentially, this album is weak. There's nothing which really does anything all that impressive and even when he does the Crunk (which he was most known for) it doesn't have the same impact which it did when he came through on his first run. Usually a minimal proportion of collaborations is a positive for modern Hip Hop albums, but here he really needed assistance, and this was never going to be achieved with few unknown artist who work with him on the early tunes.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 We Are - Bone Crusher, , ,
2 Stomp by the a Town - Bone Crusher, Cotton Bend
3 Lights, Camera, Action
4 I Do It
5 Southern Gorillas - Bone Crusher, Cotton Bend
6 Danger - Bone Crusher,
7 Feel It
8 Pistol Fo
9 I'm a Hustler
10 Mug On
11 Gotta Get That Money
12 This One