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A kind of five-man society for the preservation of hip-hop culture...More on
[a]D-Stroy[/a], Freestyle, Jise One, Q-Unique, Swel Boogie and guest DJ Pogo are so enthusiastic and elastic-limbed, onlookers could be pardoned for assuming they've been pepped up by a ton of pills. It's more a natural energy, though, with a gregariousness, cool choreography and keen sense of showbiz only veterans have. Well, six years is an eternity in hip-hop.
[a]Arsonists[/a] don't go for any of the pitfalls that sink others' shows; the beats and scratches are live, almost [I]alive[/I]; surliness doesn't surface; and they could almost be called politically correct, within limits. If this makes tunes like 'The Session' seem like hip-hop for suburbanites, so be it. Just remember the dawn of the culture was based on the same elements - party rhymes, battle rhymes, turntablism, breakdancing - that [a]Arsonists[/a] aim to propagate.
Is this a cop-out? Should it be mo' money, mo' murder? 'As The World Burns' does get political, but the segue of old-school memories is where [a]Arsonists[/a]' hearts really are. Basically, the crew show that often overlooked attribute: the party possibilities of hip-hop.
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