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Themselves: CrownsDown

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    Seven months after the release of theFREEhoudini - the celebrated mixtape that announced Themselves' return- Doseone and Jel drop CrownsDown, a careful and vicious exhibition of mastered rap tactics and sampling ethics. Themselves' third album proper has been gestating in the gut of this seminal group for some time. It's both a return to form and a honing of what's come before (Subtle, cLOUDDEAD, Deep Puddle Dynamics)- both the opus that these lionhearted two were always meant to make, and the album that their hip hop obsessed teenaged selves always hoped to hear.

    On CrownsDown, Themselves weld brute skill to a concrete set of tracks that represents an essential ten commandments of rap. In preparation, Doseone and Jel revisited their beloved hip hop collections (e.g. Gang Starr, Ultramagnetic MCs, Public Enemy, Saafir) and whittled down the recurring themes that made thir favorite records so sturdy. Each song on CrownsDown represents one of these archetypes- there's the "don't bite" song, the diss song, the story rap, the "bootleggetrs beware" song, and the "don't fuck with my DJ" jam, and more. In this way, Themselves revisit something classic in order to invent their own future-school entry to the annals.

    Naturally, things kick off with "Back II Burn," a "guess who's back" track (co-written by Pedestrian) that bangs forth on good ol' fashioned synth hits and heavy thump. "Oversleeping" follows with a Bomb Squad-style sampler salvo and a whirlwind of rhyme that reference-checks lyrics from both Nas and Subtle. Next up is "The Mark" wherein Dose cautions would-be style thieves, while borrowing his own cadence from Ultramag-era Kool Keith. "gangster of Disbelief" finds Dose dropping science (the fourth archetype) in a rich baritone atop eerie production that harkens back to his and Jel's debut. "Daxstrong" takes on the spread-love model, paying proper tribute to Subtle founder Dax Pierson, left paraplegic after the sextet's 2005 tour accident. Bandmates Jordan Dalrymple and Markus Acher (13 & God, The Notwist) join Dose for an end-song sing-along. "You Ain't It" features an auto-tuned guest spot from Pierson himself, playing the melodic foil to Dose's jagged and rapid fire words.

    On "Gold Teeth Will Roll," crux of CrownsDown, Dose casts Themselves in the final archetype: righteous defenders of the culture. This sentiment cuts to the core of the album. In carving out their own classic, Doseone and Jel not only aim to topple those wrongly kinged, but lay down their own sweat-and-blood made crowns at the feet of that which they admire most.

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    1. Back II Burn
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    2. Oversleeping
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    3. The Mark
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    4. Gangster of Disbelief
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    5. Daxstrong
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    6. You Ain't It
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    7. Roman Is As Roman Does
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    8. Skinning the Drum
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    9. Deadcatclear II
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    10. Gold Teeth Will Roll
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    3 Stars (3 Stars )
    Total Comments: 13
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/21/2011 5:33:00 PM; Partial IP: 03.214.194)
    Location: 303
    Comment: Just happen to check in on this and couldn't let it go. It's funny how all these KIDS can't even run their mouths without tripping on their own words. Let's run it back...poop...check, vomit...check, everyone that's different is a fag...check. Sounds like we're ready for Junior High. The beats are wack???? Jel...enough said. Dose isn't a rapper and his words don't rhyme??? Battle Dose. These KIDS didn't listen to this album. If they did and didn't like, but that's not the case. It's really different....some dope, some too weird for me and I like weird, but it's a really well put together album and deserves more respect than 1 star.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/1/2011 7:48:00 PM; Partial IP: 249.212.45)
    Location: Palm Beach Garden, Florida
    Comment: It is a great album after a few more listen to get use to. People will be surprise that the album does get better once music fan adjust their taste overtime. I'll promise it is worth to purchase.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 4/24/2010 10:45:00 PM; Partial IP: .19.147.65)
    Location: Dorchester
    Comment: I just threw up in mouth and pooped my pants at the same time
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/9/2010 10:48:00 AM; Partial IP: 68.248.108)
    Location: north
    Comment: One star reviewers - "You are sleeping; you do not WANT to believe." Raps don't gotta rhyme if the rhythm shall fly natural, bitches.
    5 Stars
    Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 2/3/2010 2:36:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.209.159)
    Location: UGHH World HQ
    Comment: it's just too next level for some simple mo'fuckas
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 2/2/2010 6:58:00 AM; Partial IP: .92.90.212)
    Location: uk
    Comment: what the fuck is this lol nonsence had another listen how is this even hiphop cant understand what these motherfuckers are even saying I agree wit a-ronious that this shit is weird but them beats are wack lol never mind sorry ladz 1star big up goof troop on tha comment at tha bottom lol
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 12/27/2009 9:17:00 AM; Partial IP: .37.107.75)
    Location: NJ
    Comment: You like it ....I do not...simple.
    5 Stars
    Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 12/17/2009 11:41:00 AM; Partial IP: 54.209.159)
    Location: UGHH World HQ
    Comment: Jak, I disagree. Good music needs to be defended and promoted, especially since so much god-awful muzack pollutes our society from all angles, and unfortunately most people eat it up, or just shake their heads and say hip hop is dead or no good music comes out anymore. I completely understand how many wouldn't feel this album, because it's abstract and weird, qualities I look for in my music- I like to be challenged and hear things that haven't been done before, not down with people re-creating shit that's already been done before, better, like all this shit that 'keeps it real' but offers nothing new or original. Doseone is most definitely a rapper, though I wouldn't pigeonhole him to being just that. Shit doesn't have to rhyme every bar to be ill hip hop, in fact I think it's kinda more slammin' when emcees toss out convention and break the 'rules'. themselves is on some other-dimensional, post-structuralist next level type of shit, so I can overstand how it's over most peoples' heads. lots of people want their music to be simple and fit a cerain format, which is kewl, but this transcends that, which is what I look for in music much of the time.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 12/16/2009 8:24:00 AM; Partial IP: .221.71.74)
    Location: barrington
    Comment: a-ron, good music doesn't have to be defended. this shit is bad hip hop, but to you it is good experimental music. doseone isn't a rapper. 1) his words don't rhyme
    5 Stars
    Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 12/8/2009 8:14:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.209.159)
    Location: UGHH World HQ
    Comment: don't pay attention to these douchebags with the one star reviews- where my Themselves fans at- review this classic fuck them microchipped sheeple who only like what other people tell them is good
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 12/5/2009 7:53:00 PM; Partial IP: .37.107.75)
    Location: nj
    Comment: i wish bonecrusher would throw these fags off a bridge.
    5 Stars
    Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 11/20/2009 7:49:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.209.159)
    Location: UGHH World HQ
    Comment: Best album of the year. Best Themselves album. Perhaps my favorite Doseone album. I have been waiting for something like this from this camp for a minute- CrownsDown embodies ideas and love for golden era hip hop [its theme is the ten commandments of hip hop], without being derrivative, while still abstract, genre-bending and completely unique and new. Dose & Jel flip maaad styles and rip them all on this perfect album. Motherfuckers are always talking about how they're all burnt out on hip hop and how no one is doing anything new, but here it is- unfortunately most heads will be too close-minded to even give this a chance, but those that will gotta feel this. CrownsDown is that next shit, yet with an old soul. I can dig how some heads can't feel the more out-there shit from these guys, though I do myself, but CrownsDown is that real hip hop. Don't sleep!!!!!!!!!
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 11/7/2009 4:53:00 PM; Partial IP: 106.248.23)
    Location: your mom's bed
    Comment: this shit sucks. sounds like me taking a dump
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