“ Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap / Artist: The Knux / Import / Audio CD released 2008-10-28 at Interscope „
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"Remind Me In 3 Days..." is the debut album from the Hipster Rap group, The Knux. It came out in 2008 and has the New Orleans duo of brothers, Krispy Kream and Rah Al Millio present what they have to offer whilst taking part in the new movemnt of Alternative Hip Hop, which other acts such as The Cool Kids, Kids In The Hall and Pacific Division have been known to perform in. Many have likened them to OutKast, and many similarities can be drawn between them as they are just as innovatve in what they do.
1. "The List"
To start things off, you get a track which is all focussed around a night out, and what occurs in it. With a short introduction commencing it, you have them come up with a setting as Rah Al Millio wants to go out, but his brother won't follow him, causing him to go out alone and live it up. It's a big opener, and gets them rapping on a high-tempo beat.
This is a straight Hip Hop cut from the two, and gets them come up with a banger of a track, which gets them takign you back to the good old days of the genreal as they simply vibe to the amazing breakbeat backing, and from this they come with a laid-back one where they simply have fun with the production they chose to work with.
3. "Bang! Bang!"
This came as the second single from the group, and in comparion to their debut, it is absolutely terrible. It has them go for go for annoying House to back them as they rap, and it just didn't work. I have to admit, they made it work for themselves, but it wasn't for me.
This was the big debut single from the group, and the one which drew in the attention of many. When you hear how frsh this cut is, you are bound to get it stuck in your head for the rest of the day as they come with something original. The way that Rah Al Millio does his raps, in terms of the delivery and content seems extremely close to that of hat Big Boi of OutKast is known to do.
They swicth things up here, and I can't say that I really welcomed this change. However this isn't down to the fact that they encoporate guitar riffs into it (I welcome this), but the way that they choose to take too much influence this 'Rockstar' mentality and sing much of it, put me right off. You get them doing one towards Roxxane, so you know promiscuity is a main topic.
6. "Daddy's Little Girl"
I didn't quite get this one. Although the subject of it was rather straight-foraward, and the way it was performed made it seem quite simply to follow, it didn't turn out to be as easy as this when you listen to it as you get them doing too many things at once, and you have to hear it in two different ways in your head for it to really make sense.
7. "The Train"
This is a poor tune off the album. It gets them ogin for a tune which has them bascailly mix Rock and Electronica, and the results aren't that strong. I just thought that it was all too ambitious for them, especially as a duo which is based in Hip Hop. I couldn't find any positives in it at all.
8. "Shine Again"
This one was more tolerable than some of the earlier tracks in this style as they go more spacey, electronic music. You get them with a haunting hook, which is followed-up with a pretty nice verse of raps, but the style chosen to work with, put me off.
9. "Life In A Cage"
The way this one began was rather ominous, as it soudned like more weak Electronica, but this quickly swicthed up as they came with a hook which takes on the Fat Boys "Stick 'Em", and with this throwback chorus, you get them easign their way back into the Hip Hop work again. The raps are big, and aisde from the Fat Boys, they feature other classic lines too.
10. "Pea Knuckle" (Skit)
11. "Powder Room"
Coming straight off the skit, you get them lower their standards as they go for some Electronica-based work, where they use all the techniques found in this genre to come up with a tune which is in tune with this style, despite the fact that they don't really fit in with this at all. I simply wasn't feeling it, and it dind't suit them that much.
12. "Parking Lot"
I was impressed by the production as it get them rap on a beat which is comprsied of a simply bopping melody, which is backed by people in conversation. You get some New Orleans flavour in parts as I noticed simialirties between what their lyrics contain, and what the top Hip Hop act from this city (Lil' Wayne) does.
For this one, you get them blending a variety of musical genres together to come up with a pretty nice one. You get the same sort of styles thrown together, and it works better here than any other time in the album, as they keep each part to distinct places in the track, and don't really bring them too close together.
14. "Wake The F**k Up"
I liked the fact that came with even more Breakbeat in the prodcution, this drew together links to OutKast, and how they attempted to bring in some weak Drum & Bass into their music for "B.O.B.". The Knux succeed just as the Atlanta duo did in 2000 with "Bombs Over Baghdad", from "Stankonia".
For this one, you have them gogin inot some Indie Rock. To be honest, I don't think that it really works, but then again its not often that I like songs in this style. Regardless of this, I thought that it was a fairly weak one, which every few will like (due to the fact it is placed within a Hip Hop album).
16. "The True"
This one has them come with some hard Hip Hop, and getting them come with some conscious rap as they attempt to challenge some of the things which they see as detrimental to society as a whole. It is more freshness from them, and they work just as well with this theed stuff, as more general raps. The lyrics are well-written, and highly intricate.
17. "Lights Camera Action"
I was greatly annoyed by the way this album ended as they chose to go for the Electronica stuff which had been found in places through the album. The erractic composition sounds to be experimental as lots of sound effects are included, but it all ends up being a pretty annoying 'techno' tune from them.
I have to say that although I enjoyed parts of this album, there was a lot of material which I simply couldn't bare to listne to. When they do Hip Hop, it is amazing, but at times where they experimental, it just didn't work too well at all. It is original, just as all Alternative Hip Hop albums are, but I found that it wasn't the best. I doubt that many will like the whole thing, as the Indie stuff and Electronica was a strong contrast to the straight Hip Hop.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 F! re (Put It in the Air)
3 Bang! Bang!
6 Daddy's Little Girl
8 Shine Again
9 Life in a Cage (Electric)
10 Powder Room
11 Parking Lot
13 Wake the F*cK Up
16 Lights Camera Action