Necro - The Murder Murder Kill Kill Double EP

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If nothing else, Necro knows what his fans yearn for, and he delivers.

The name Necro has carried a strong significance in the Hardcore Hip Hop scene since his beginnings well over a decade ago. That strength has grown through Psycho+Logical Records, while Necro has simultaneously strengthened his career in music and moved his art into film. Now, the Brooklyn, New York emcee/producer is releasing his Murder Murder Kill Kill double EP as he and Kool G. Rap prepare to release their collaborative Godfathers LP. With Necro's first single being "Howard Stern," audiences should know what to expect. The pleasant surprise is that while Necro is a master at shocking the masses, this project is much more than that.

There’s more than meets the eye on Murder Murder Kill Kill, even though the title’s sinister vibe is apropos. Personal lyrics always add to his tales of hardship with details that make them come to life. “My pops was in The Six-Day War,” he rhymes on “For the Streets.” “He came to New York with a military mentality, very hardcore.” Fans of Necro’s brand of Hip Hop will enjoy the outlandish claims he makes on “Porno Game Crucifixion” or “Howard Stern,” where he name checks several celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Nicole Scherzinger and Kristen Stewart, among others. His multisyllabic rhyme scheme comes to life on “The Godfathers,” which includes a show-stealing verse from Kool G. Rap. As the two trade bars, it drums up the excitement for their upcoming collaboration. More than anything though, Necro shows that he’s as aggressive as ever behind the mic with his signature growl.

Diversity in the instrumentation creates a helpful flow to the album. Take the smooth sound of the aforementioned “For the Streets,” as a change of pace from the more in-your-face instrumental behind “Gore!” to note the changes that take place here. By adding such a multicultural flip on the beat with the hook, there’s an unexpected depth to the track. Still, hooks can improve at other points, like on “Raw Talent” and “No Concern,” the latter being a spewfest of enough F bombs to add to the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A as of late. Nevertheless, there’s something to say about Necro's versatile production, exemplified on cuts like “Rabbi Holding Guns” and “Rock the Kazbah.” “Tough Jew” also adds to this, with a great sample to match Necro’s rhymes flawlessly.

If nothing else, Necro knows what his fans yearn for, and he delivers. Murder Murder Kill Kill will be a treat for longtime fans and new ones of his gory style, but it doesn’t do too much to bring in other audiences. In fact, it may be the reason others turn away. Sticking to what has made him successful, this EP is an aggressive body of work, gruesome and full of horror, the only way Necro fans would have it. So while there are some instances where there is more than meets the eye, for the most part Necro truly does bring it like “Howard Stern,” and continues to shock and awe.

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