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The Instant Messengers

Posted by jesushelmet on September 16, 2007

Ok its my first post and its a review…well more of a recommendation. One of the best kept secrets of 2007. Dj Effective, Chesire, Cambo and Alexander are The Instant Messengers. Hailing from San Fransisco they are even more living proof if you need it that hip hop is not dead so buy their shit now and look really trendy in 6 months when everyone else wakes up to their dopeness. I’ve been listening to living legends stuff for years and came across these guys on the new grouch sampler.

Its on the verge of emo and the lyrics are very un-ghetto but the beats are dope, sample based with a 90s golden era vibe, and the rhymes are on point, with the same feel as some of the definitive jux stuff, No false bravado just hilarious word play and introspective story telling these guys work great together and I sense this crew blowing up in the future. I guess one way of describing their style is half way between atmosphere and slow suicide stimulus (if that means anything to you)

Here they are dropping some freestyles

And here is a bizzare promo video for their album launch

They have an album out called Kill the Image which you can buy from The Grouch’s online store here. (and while your there get the Beans and Rice Sampler ’07). Apparently a 5 track EP was released before this album but I have no idea how to get my hands on a copy.

My current favourite off this release is ‘Stand Strong’, nice slide guitar, horns, piano and sped up vocal cut backing a sad story about family relationships. Other bangers are ‘Haunted’,’She Loves Bullets’,’Flawless Taste’…. ok its full of bangers. so go hit up their myspace.

On a sidenote I am very excited to hear anything new from The Grouch. It sounds like hes embracing the whole hyphy sound (or is he just playing?) and he suits it. Best of luck, but I dont understand why you got a girl to sing the chorus in the remix of simple man!

Peace insideout.


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