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Recklessly Zooted

by Truckenstein 9

Dark sci-fi battle raps over industrial breaks driven by synth and blues guitar with some drum-n-bass accents.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop
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1. Zombies
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2. Twisted
3:51 $0.99
3. Cyborgs Can't Behave
4:23 $0.99
4. Suicide Bomber
2:49 $0.99
5. I Wield This Laser Ray
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6. Hate You A$$holes
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7. Howlin' Wolf
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8. Decoder Ring
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9. Deadman Schizo
5:40 $0.99
10. Bloodlust
4:48 $0.99
11. Armageddon
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12. Swamp Things
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13. Possessed By Science
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Album Notes
There’s no rap artist on the face of the earth who embodies the clique “a new breed of emcee” quite the same way as Little Rock’s notorious Mad Trucker. This can especially be said of Truckenstein 9, his latest progressive juggernaut featuring the hi-fi electronic production of Arkansas’ best-kept-secret Emperor Haynes. Now no longer a mere lo-fi /left-field battle poet, Trucker has embraced the future of post horror-core and is prepared for an arena more akin to the IDM scene known for embracing the glitchy beats of Aphex Twin, and the angular rhymes of Beans from the Anti-Pop Consortium. While comparisons are often drawn to the avante-aggro rhymes and beats of Definitive Jux founder El-P, and the analog keyboards and metaphor-drenched fantasies of Kool Keith, Trucker’s latest outing has critics and skeptics alike scratching their heads as he reaches full stride and swerves far clear of such comparisons. For an album comprised of only an unlucky 13 tracks, any one of these could require a long list to make any accurate comparisons. Hard break beats and gritty/esoteric sound effects with down-tempo drum-n-bass and knife’s-edge synth lines, these are all just a canvas for disassociated imagery to be splashed like paint. As another added rule broken, the album features an eerie subversive blues guitar presence floating among the other peculiar debris that amasses to form this razor sharp space rap. More than a mere trashy ICP-esque rehashing of Cypress Hill, Truckenstine-9 draws its inspiration instead from painters and electronic rock. The rhymes are equal parts fast abstract wordplay, introspective fantasy, and deranged state-of-the-world address. Many rap groups have tried to merge sophistication with violent metaphor, but Tech Nine could hardly be considered an abstract expressionist. Trucker on the other hand is less Eminem and more Beastie Boys b/w a forward-thinking production that at times sounds like Crystal Method swallowing the Gravediggaz. Recklessly Zooted is both relentlessly progressive and deeply challenging as it clashes hyper-depressed paranoia with witty absurdity over a musical landscape as dynamic as it is experimental.



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Little Rock Free Press

Best post-hip-hop record this year
Trucker and crew have a bigger and stronger sound than ever before. Trucker rebuilt for 2005. Lovers of mutant rap and trip-hop acts like Tricky will dig these cuts.

The record is an amazing stream of reality-based rhymes, documenting the chaos of the age we are living through and the reshaping of the world to come. Mad Trucker plows through roadblocks of cultural taboo each track. Lyrics leave jaws in the dropped position as tracks are deconstructed unexpectedly and zipped back up in a breath.

Localist Online

A Review of Truckenstein 9
Mad Trucker has been a unique fixture on the Little Rock hip-hop scene. Ever clad in his trademark trucker cap and sunglasses, he made his name as one of the most original freestylers at the semi-regular Under the Ground MC battles. His delivery is urgent, full of clever wordplay ("tee'd off and leaving divets") and off-kilter imagery ("I'm hyped like ten ferrets in a plastic basket").

Stylistically he occupies the same loopy surrealist landscape as Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Kool Keith. He shares Del's vowel-bending enunciation and abstract sensibilities. His lyrics are also less about self-aggrandizement and more about establishing his own uniquely cinematic vision. With song titles like "Zombies," "Cyborgs Can't Behave," "I Wield This Laser Ray," "Deadman Schizo," and "Possessed by Science" it's obvious that his preferred genre is more likely sci-fi/horror than blaxploitation.

Don't mistake him for a hyperactive Fangoria reader, though. Lines like "this is the view from the teeth of God's pliers" prove that his ideas are still street-level and insightful. He also employs a good deal of restraint; the track "Suicide Bomber" features some rapid-fire rhyme spitting that a less mature MC would dedicate an entire LP to displaying.

A good manifesto for Recklessly Zooted could be found in a line from "I Wield This Laser Ray": "This is post-hip-hop / Push 'em in a crater and let the 808 drop." In that line he shows he's maintaining a respect for the past (the TR-808 drum machine debuted in 1980), while still looking toward the future (assuming hip-hop can be old enough to have a "post-" prefix). Living in the past and the future simultaneously would seem paradoxical to some, but it's just another day at the office for Mad Trucker.

Colter McCorkindale
Musician • Webslinger