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Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury

Disposable Heroes of Hiphopris Audio CD
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Although this group is long defunct, its one major recording will be fondly remembered for years--if not decades--to come. The Heroes consisted of rapper Michael Franti and percussionist Ron Tse; together, the San Francisco Bay area-based duo created a biting, politically savvy record that touched on both personal vulnerability and governmental venality. Franti used the microphone to preach about injustice, homophobia, materialism, and apathy. Although Public Enemy had long before established hip-hop's political potential, they never quite attained Franti's ability to translate black rage into universal themes. In the Heroes' best number, "Television, the Drug of the Nation," Franti raps, "Imagination is sucked out of our children by a cathode ray nipple / Television is the only wet-nurse that would create a cripple." Unfortunately, after extensive touring, the pair went their separate ways, Tse to a variety of solo projects and Franti to Spearhead. --Martin Johnson

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4.0 out of 5 stars A little bit dated, but still holds up well Jan. 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Astoundingly successful hip-hop performer Michael Franti is probably better known these days for his work with Spearhead on albums like "Everyone Deserves Music". Listeners who enjoy his sense of melody and the catchy music provided by his backing musicians are strongly advised to avoid this album. Listeners who can look beyond the catchy lyrics and appreciate the message behind them will more than likely find something to enjoy here.
The Disposable Heroes were an industrial-hip-hop-performance poetry duo from the early 90s who pulled absolutely no punches when it came to their subject matter. Being an explicitly political group, much of this album refers to events and personalities current in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War and the United States of George Bush Snr. That said, there is a surprising universality in some of the tracks which enables them to communicate their message more than 10 years after they were recorded.
The most well-known performance on this album is the minor hit "Television, The Drug Of A Nation". Franti's condemnation of television culture "where pop stars metamorphosise into soda pop stars/you saw the movie/you heard the soundtrack/now buy the drink/for the only cola that I support/would be a Union COLA - Cost of Living Allowance" is as current now as it was then. Indeed, the plethora of reality TV shows in today's world demonstrates the validity of Franti's comments.
Also worth a listen is "Satanic Reverses" (itself a reference to Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses"), a condemnation of almost everything a government could possibly do - with the strident chorus "bail out the banks/loan art to the churches/satanic reverses".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Against the Grain Nov. 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
While the 'Inspirators & Conspirators' listed in the lyrics booklet include KRS-ONE and Public Enemy, they also include folks who are decidedly NOT rap artists: Jello Biafra, Adrian Sherwood, Meat Beat Manifesto, and Billy Bragg. While everyone seems to classify DHOH as rap, its Industrial element is plainly there for anyone to hear (chains, grinders, tire rims) along with the Very obvious influence of Gil Scott-Heron. IF YOU CAN'T COPE WITH BREAKING OUT OF A MUSICAL GENRE, THEN DON'T BUY THIS CD. As a young punk rocker, I listened to this almost every night for a couple of months upon its release (more than a decade ago); it's such a classic that I can still enjoy it today (and the song 'The Winter of the Long Hot Summer' speaks just as well to Bush II / Gulf War II as it did to Bush I / Gulf War I).
The lyrics are deeply thought-provoking, proving this duo to be pretty much the antithesis of NWA (not that NWA doesn't make you think at all -- I'll bet someone out there somewhere has done their dissertation on NWA). Unlike many other albums out there, the first two tracks here are not the 'hits' (actually, I feel that they are the weakest of the bunch). Instead you'll probably find your favorites dispersed throughout the CD, including a strong closing track.
Buy this CD if you want to hear something refreshing (even over a decade after it was fresh).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Lyrics Nov. 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I like the CD. We need more music with a political message. Buy this just to read the lyrics. The lyrics have amazing relevance to what is happening in the world now. This just proves it is still the corporations versus the people, not democrats vs repubs. And always has been. We need politicians who represent the people like Greens and Independants. Corporate money must come out of politics. This will inspire you to write a rap of your own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Running the time July 26 2003
By EquinoX
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I do admit, that this is not the first political Rip-Hop sudo Hip-Hop artist to be left winging it. From the originators of Consolidated can you be surprised at the material. But never the less I believe for its time it was a grate album, with some strong messages that allowed you to decide on the political topic on your own. Unlike Consolidated witch I believe just threw one sided topics in your face, more of a SHOCK value than trying to make you think. But If your like some of these other drones saying that this guy stinks and can't rap just because his lyrics don't rhyme, then don't buy the album " GO BUY BRITTNY SPEARS " It's cool if your not into the hole political RIP-RAP, But don't bash this artist just because he doesn't conform. Personally I think the beat is still good for 2003 and he's messages are still as strong. "Just my thought"
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1.0 out of 5 stars Politics and music May 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Hip-Hop is an amazing form of expression. However this is just not a good album. I know most of us want to believe in it because of the political messages spewed forth by Franti, but it is just not good music. While I do think Micheal Franti does have an astonishing way of explaining the world, it does not translate well into rhyme. Try De La Soul or Lords of the Underground for GOOD poly hip-hop.
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This is a horrible record. The MC's flow is incredibly weak, he has no understanding of rhyme at all, the beats are powder puff material, the most uncool, unhip stuff ever produced in the rap genre (unless you count that awful CD Cornel West made, which I don't, cause that ain't rap, it's ...). There are maybe two songs with musical tracks that aren't paper thin and weak, and the vocalist has NO memorable or clever rhymes. Just a bunch of radical left political ranting, most of which doesn't even rhyme. Didn't this guy ever listen to any other hip hop records? If he did, he might notice that the lyrics RHYME. This is like a parody record. Awful. I'm glad I didn't buy it and just listened to a friend's CD. Not worth a penny.
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