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As hip-hop has grown from it’s humble beginnings in the late 1970s to the current digital age, and so to has the ability for everyone to become an “artist”. The advent of the internet and digital studio equipment such as Protools have afforded people the ability to not only find music, but to craft it themselves. Raise your hands if you know someone that raps or make beats. Exactly. With his new LP,I Fucking Hate Rappers, QN5 Music artist PackFM speaks not only on the current state of hip-hop, but specifically about what he feels in regards to the ability for everyone-and-their-mom-rap. Does he have valid point or is he hating?

The album begins with PackFM facing a support group, detailing a life in which he seems to see rappers in every aspect. From telemarkters to his Grandma, the emcee can’t seem to escape the common man emcee. This takes us in the title track, which knocks with a tunnel-banging Tondeff beat underneath. The track finds Pack going off about his least favorite topic;rappers and even finds Pack dropping a barb aimed at Common. The Domingo produced “Nasty” follows, delivering a decent, but unspectacular track. Pack’s honesty is on full display on “Wanna Know” (feat Deacon The Villain), where an introspective Pack discusses not only the current state of hip-hop, but also his career. The lyrics; “I think back to the old tracks people said were so wack and yeah I agree, but the lyrics were dope. Years ago, I was stuck tryin’ to be the new Hov, and now I’m sittin’ here wishin I was back to the old, Pack”, are impressive in their honesty and serve to contribute to the dopeness of the track.

As it continues with “Flux Capacitor” (Back To the Future heads will recognize game), Pack looks back at the 80′s in not so happy manner while again looking at the current state of hip-hop. The track, though clever may not grab listeners immediately and in fact may even go over a few heads. A major strength of I Fucking Hate Rappers lies in it’s collaborations. Though there are only four collabo tracks, each one is strong, teaming Pack with worthy partners. The track “Take Our Place” featuring Dominion (Substantial and Mr. Mecca) finds the emcees over a bouncy Domingo track, spitting absolute fire. But that’s not all folks. Pack saves the best for later, bringing an absolute gem in the Marco Polo produced “Tough Talk”. The track is preceded by a perfect skit that leads the listener into the straight-up battle track that finds Pack and Poison Pen trading barbs in a head to head battle. Awesome.

As it continues, Pack follows with another dope track with the call and response “Here We Go (Come On)”. The track succeeds in painting a picture of Pack performing onstage. Unfortunately, the album loses some energy and hits a ho-hum period with the so-so “Sire” and “I Fucking Like Everything”. As it ends the album ,the track Closure” does a fine job capping the album and is followed by the dope boom-bap stylings of the bonus track “Absolutely Positive”.

The subject matter of I Fucking Hate Rappers can be pigeonholed as an underground emcee hating. But with this release, Pack brings an opinion while crafting a clever and honest record even though it does not break any new ground with it’s subject matter. The first thing that listeners should realize is that I Fucking Hate Rappers is a concept album. With that said, it’s an album that impressively takes listeners on a journey .With this release Pack creates a record similar in ways to Masta Ace’s Disposable Arts and Long Hot Summer in that it crafts a story not just within a song, but throughout the entire record. Skits aren’t thrown in as fillers, but are inserted to complement the music. In fact, the skits are hilarious and offer a nice bit of comic relief. Overall, I Fucking Hate Rappers succeeds in getting Pack’s message across without sounding whiny or petty and comes through as a pleasant surprise. Don’t hate this rapper.

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1 Responses to "PackFM – "I Fucking Hate Rappers" – @@@@ (Review)"
  • KC says:

    I actually thought “I Fucking Like Everything” works really well in finishing up the concept the album brought together – the best hip hop concept album since “Taste The Secret”. Definitely on my year-end best-of list.

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