Bastards of the Party
I gave Bastards of the Party a whirl for three primary reasons:
1. It came highly recommended to me by a trusted source
2. I developed an obsession with world fairs after reading Erik Larson’s grand book, The Devil in the White City, about 1893’s Columbian Exposition, the Chicago World’s Fair that provided a horrific backdrop and pipeline of victims for early serial killer H.H. Holmes. On Bastards of the Party, Queens hip hop collective World’s Fair murders it, much like H.H. Holmes (What? You can’t tell me it’s too soon).
3. I very much enjoyed the documentary of the same name.
Coming in at just under a minute, the album’s intro, “Pre-Game,” kicks things off in a somewhat disposable fashion. Luckily Bastards Of The Party swiftly kicks it into high gear with slam dunk “96 Knicks” and the synth loops that make it an absolute head nodder.
“Heathrow (Children Of The Night)” uses repetition and layering make to create a chill and intensely listenable experience, while “Sammy Sosa,” featuring Jeff Donna, Cody B.Ware, Nasty Nigel & Remy Banks exists as the harshest song on Bastards Of The Party, both lyrically and sonically. Rich and worth exploring on repeat, the verbal diversity here is great, from, “Understand my purposes, no Son of Sam, no Berkowitz,” to, “I have a thing for women straight cryin’/ Mascara running down they face while I’m straight dyin’…” it will make you squirm on a number of levels.
The first thought that came to mind on “Get Out,” featuring Prince SAMO, Nasty Nigel & Remy Banks was, “Wild xylophone!” which quickly descended into, “Glockenspiel!” before settling on the more likely culprit of the amazing noise that permeates the song, which is likely Carribean steel pan drums. Any way you slice it, it’s unusual, and it’s good.
“Nem Diggas” rhythmically passes the time before the almost throwback soulful “V.S.O.P.,” featuring Cody B. Ware, Prince SAMO, Remy Banks, Nasty Nigel & Lansky Jones. Percussive exploration is the name of the game on “BLISSKISS” featuring DJ Thoth, a slower, less aggressive jam than its predecessors.
“B.O.T.P.,” featuring Nasty Nigel, Prince SAMO, Cody B. Ware & Jeff Donna is a potential dancefloor anthem, with an irresistible refrain you will have to check out for yourself. The flow on “Rearview,” featuring Remy Banks, Lansky Jones & Cody B. Ware)” is reminiscent of both old and new, and is notably different yet just as solid as most of the rest of Bastards of the Party.
World’s Fair shuts things down with “Blacklisted,” the next and last stop on the soulful train we boarded on “Rearview,” featuring Remy Banks, Lansky Jones & Cody B. Ware. For someone that still holds a candle for the listenability of mid 90s hip hop while loving the New York talent that’s emerged in the last couple years, Bastards of the Party will warm your heart.