Thursday, July 16, 2009

More Or Les and Fresh Kils: "Les Kils EP" review

What do you get when you take a Montreal-based rapper and put him together with a Toronto DJ/producer? You get More Or Les and Fresh Kils' new EP, the ingeniously titled Les Kils EP.

To most hip hop artists today music is an afterthought, if a thought at all. Usually a rap song is nothing more than played out beats beneath with a ripped off chorus from some '70s soft rock hit.

Fresh Kils provides the music here and it's much more than that. Yes there are the big beats, but he also serves up full fleshed out original tracks. The music has far more in common with early Run DMC or A Tribe Called Quest than it does with 50 Cent.

Lyrically More Or Les likes to have fun, which is obvious from his bizarre obsession with food references. On top of that "It's the DJ" and "Pop N' Chips" are certified party anthems.

But he also has a more serious message, railing against hip hop stereotypes of drugs, money, violence, and 'R&B singers trying to pee on girls'. In a real sense More Or Les is the intelligent, anti-Gangsta.

Only one question remains, when hip hop this good exists why does mainstream radio insist on playing crap?

More Or Les holds the Les Kils CD Release Party at Rancho Relaxo in Toronto on July 24th.

Best tracks: "Rip Rap", "It's the DJ"

Track listing for the Les Kils EP:
  • Crowd Check
  • Rip Rap
  • Put It Together
  • Crossbow
  • Locomotive
  • Pop N' Chips
  • It's the DJ
  • Words In the Park

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