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Beans (of Anti-Pop Consortium): End It All

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When it came time to craft his fourth album, Brooklyn-based rap rebel Beans needed to get out of his head. His old group, the legendary left-fielders Anti-Pop Consortium, had reunited and he's been devoting his energy to their long-awaited fifth LP, Fluorescent Black. His last solo record, Thorns, was bittersweet - one of his greatest works to date, but an exercise in raw, exhausting emotion. For a minute, he even considered calling it quits.

Thankfully, Beans went a different route. He titled his new record End It All - a make-it-or-break-it promise - and looked outside his window for inspiration. What he saw is now the meat of his Anticon Records debut: lush, darkly tinted soundscapes from some of the most inspired names in contemporaty production - Four Tet, Clark, Tobacco, Son Lux, Interpol's Sam Fog - united by the inimitable flow and reborn swagger of Beans.

End It All is the first Beans album to feature all guest production, and it finds the emcee pushing his distinct staccato rhyme style to new heights across a varied but fluid buildup of beats. The biggest challenge, and perhaps the best results, comes from "Blue Movie," a Son Lux original that trades in lush orchestral bursts and fuzzy drum pileups. The maximal style is a good lok for Beans, who rides the unmistakable wobbly bass and live clatter of Sam Fog's "Electric Bitch" with effortless aplomb.

Lyrically speaking, Beans is at his fiercest, spitting highly stylized braggadocio (see the Nobody-produced "Deatsweater" or Clark's "Hunter") and noirish narratives in turn. A ravenous consumer of mystery novels, his favorite pastime comes to life in the character study found on Four Tet's rapid-fire banger, "Anvil Fallin," and in the black imagery that fittingly accopanies Tobacco's "Glass Coffins." Meanwhile, Beans is at his polyrhythmic best delivering a single track-length verse over "Electric Eliminator," produced by Bumps (Tortoise's drum section).

Aggressive until the end, End It All burns through 13 tracks in 33 minutes, with Beans barely stopping to breathe. There is one exception though, the appropriately titled "Mellow You Out." Here, Beans slows his rool as his own words move in and out of the eerie vocals of TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe. The late-album track is an obvious highlight, but more importantly, proves that Beans is as versatile as he is a true original - making more dangerous than ever.

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1. Superstar Destroyer
Producers: Ade Firth
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2. Deathsweater
Producers: Nobody
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3. Gluetraps
Producers: Four Tet
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4. Electric Eliminator
Producers: Bumps
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5. Electric Bitch
Producers: Sam Fog (of Interpol)
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6. Glass Coffins
Producers: Tobacco
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7. Blue Movie
Producers: Son Lux; Nedelka Prescot
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8. Mellow You Out
Producers: In Flagranti; Tunde Adebimpe
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9. Air Is Free
Producers: In Flagranti
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10. Forever Living Fresh
Producers: That Kid Prolific
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11. Anvil Falling
Producers: Four Tet
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12. Hardliner
Producers: Fred Bigot
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13. Hunter
Producers: Clark
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Total Comments: 6
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/2/2014 5:50:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az/ hell
Comment: I wish Anti pop consortium would get back together but until then this will do!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/13/2013 1:47:00 AM; Partial IP: 90.136.113)
Location: Califas
Comment: Future.....dopeness...hip hop all the way
5 Stars
Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 3/26/2011 7:57:00 PM; Partial IP: 04.209.235)
Location: UGHH World HQ
Comment: cee-lo would beat your ass you little shook faggot. this, however, sounds nothing like him or gnarls barkly
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 3/16/2011 12:34:00 AM; Partial IP: .161.71.50)
Location: YER MA's Snatch
Comment: man this WACK! these cocksuckers below me must be fags because they gave this gay shit 5 fucking stars. WTF. this dude think he gnarls barkley and shit. he think he cee-lo. he is fucking queer and so is this music.
5 Stars
Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 3/5/2011 3:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 04.107.188)
Location: UGHH World HQ
Comment: megasolid megabanger, embodies the illness of the abstract side of the indie movement with a real old-school feel in a sense, this is some b-boy ish for sure... fuck XLR8R magazine's lame review of this album [stick to dubstep y'all lost sight of the hip hop scene...], cuz of that I didn't even expect this to be good, so I was mad pleasantly surprised by the quality of this album. also great to see Anticon branching out signing some hip hop again... cop this muhfucka
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/4/2011 11:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 10.141.244)
Location: norfolk, va
Comment: pretty ill cat, some real next level rhymes, I got some old joints on vinyl but is nothing like this album that gluetraps is really some in the zone joint, reminds me of that spinna i would cop this
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