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ARTIST
TITLE
5 Years in the Factory
FORMAT
CD

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VFORM 038CD VFORM 038CD
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RELEASE DATE
12/13/2004

"Raised in the prairie city of Winnipeg but now based in Vancouver, 26-year-old McEnroe (not, as the man himself puts it, to be confused with that 'washed up tennis guy') offers a grainy, articulate and consistently provocative response to US alt.hip hop. In common with similarly predisposed countrymen Buck 65 and Sixtoo, McEnroe welds politically savvy, cliché-free rhymes to music whose bewitching sampledelic warp and weft is underpinned by a delirious retinue of skewed, raw but always mercilessly funky beats. No one trick pony, McEnroe is also the brains behind Vancouver's Peanuts & Corn label and is now established as a key player in the distribution and dissemination of hip hop across Canada. It comes as no surprise, then, to find many of his lyrics taking a brutally satirical dissecting knife to the more questionable machinations of the music biz, while simultaneously hymning the isolation and community of the Canadian hip hop scene. Influenced by artists as diverse as Public Enemy, De La Soul and Main Source, McEnroe has been cutting tracks since 1994 -- culminating in 2003's widely acclaimed, unapologetically political Disenfranchised album. 5 Years In The Factory extrapolates from there. Its musical highlights are many and various -- from the guttural wah-wah guitar/tablas/string samples that decorate the smooth-grooved 'One More Tomorrow' to the adroitly manipulated (Neptune's-style) music boxes of 'Dumb It Down' and the hypnotic, languid beats and magical toy pianos of 'Billy's Vision'. All-in-all, a cavalcade of right thinking, left-leaning wordage, radical rhythmic assaults and a luminous musicality that lodges instantly and permanently in the pleasure centers, 5 Years In The Factory is a bewitching addition to the Canadian hip hop canon. While Buck 65 and Sixtoo will be looking to their laurels, the wider hip hop universe should also now be on full alert."