Hoodlum Rock, Vol. 1

Hoodlum Rock, Vol. 1

by El Pus
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Hoodlum Rock, Vol. 1

There's a lot of crunk slang and Southern-fried spirit on El Pus' debut, but these rappers rock like Atlanta is the new Los Angeles. With its lyrics about tricked-out bikes, crunk partying, and an OutKast-ish techno-psychedelic-booty-funk stance, Hoodlum Rock, Vol. 1 has true Southern street cred. Put a beatbox and turntable behind these rhymes and you might think Big Boi and Dré are reminiscing about their teen years, but add the power chords and crystal-clean production and you're talking L.A. smart goofiness like Sugar Ray with more of an edge, Fishbone when they really brought the funk, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers with a little less bravado but the same ambition. What keeps El Pus from being an overly thought-out and merely clever combination of these influences are rappers/multi-instrumentalists/founding members Cufi and Cosmo. The duo can mispronounce and twist words like "Marlboro" and "Mozart" to their advantage, their songwriting is genuine and on point, and their cool delivery is charismatic as they come. The band responds perfectly, chugging ahead like a rock & roll train but able to turn on a dime and wring every last drop of funk out of the slow burners. Virgin chose "Suburb Thuggin'" as the kickoff single, and while the kids down at the skate park and anyone who ever pumped a fist in the air are going to be feeling it, the track doesn't represent how unique El Pus can kick it. "Thing Thing" is a classic "do what'cha like" number with both hippie and hardcore baller appeal, "Girl" is a micro-techno meeting of Bootsy Collins and Adam Sandler with a heartache, and "Days of the BKs" is a reflective, cheeba-puffing masterpiece. Bummer that there's only 35 minutes of the quirky and delicious pop-metal-rap with a poet's heart -- and that's including the hidden track -- but at least Hoodlum Rock, Vol. 1 is as fat free in its entirety as Cufi and Cosmo are with their songwriting. A kick-ass, concise debut and one of the most accomplished marriages of rock and rap ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2005
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724358092028
catalogNumber: 80920
Rank: 296580

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pus   Primary Artist
20/20   Vocals
David Cobb   Guitar
Nick DiDia   Rap
Tony M.F. Rock   Vocals
Slick   Vocals
Brandon Bush   Keyboards
Tony Reyes   Bass
Sigurdur "Siggy" Birkis   Drums
Pete Young   Drums
Darren Dodd   Drums
Gaelle   Vocals
Tchak   Vocals
Woodchuck   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Kadish   Guitar,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Anthony David   Background Vocals
C.J. "Johnny Rock"   Guitar
Bernard Coley   Drums
Cufi   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Turntables,Vocals,Rhythm
Vincent DAgostine   Horn
Wesley Funderbuck   Horn
Madame C.J.   Vocals
Tchak Diallo   Track Performer
20 20   Track Performer
Cofi & Cosmo   Guitar,Keyboards,Turntables,Vocals

Technical Credits

David Cobb   Producer
Noel Golden   Engineer
Daryle Swann   Producer
Jeff Tomei   Engineer
Matt Serletic   Executive Producer
Karl Egsieker   Engineer
Mark Rains   Engineer
Kevin Kadish   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Darryl Swan   Audio Production
Cufi   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Dave Cobb   Audio Production
Cofi & Cosmo   drum programming,Audio Production

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Hoodlum Rock, Vol. 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is so refreshing to hear some original music anymore. The combination of influences mixes perfectly. They're not trying to be something they're not or fit into a category really. Again, finally they're here.