wanna believe that he's some sort of hepped-up computer nerd done
good by hip-hop standards, but in fact Cex a.k.a. Riyan Kidwell
is probably cooler than you, and seems pretty content in letting
you know it.
The cockiness is all
there (it's hip-hop, remember?), though Kidwell too often cuts the
lines with too much emo hangover. Nobody wants to dance with the
angsty, introspective guy sulking in the corner, so why bother bringing
that baggage to the party? Instead, Cex should take his own advice
so flippantly dished out on the best track here, "Earth-Shaking
Event," where he manages to diss everyone he's bound to come
in contact with on tour -- "Middle finger to the indie rock
singer / Middle finger to the whack emcee / Middle finger to the
uncreative underground" -- the only ones missing are the
promoters and club owners.
He gets it right when
he uncorks the beats and leaves the feedback to Trent Reznor, who
he dearly has a jonze for (not to mention MC 9000-ft. Jesus, of
which he is the reincarnation, though not nearly as clever, or catchy).
Opener "The Wayback Machine" works despite the Nine Inch
Nails treatment halfway through, mainly because he sounds like a
guy just trying to get along. "Not Working" feels like
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince straight outta Bel Aire, though
I doubt Will could have done it better.
The downside is the acoustic
stuff, the instrumental stuff, the non hip-hop stuff (i.e., the
filler). He squeaks by on personality alone and because he's not
as misogynistic as he could be -- probably because he really is
just a hepped-up computer nerd after all.
Posted May 14, 2003.
Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
gets it right when he uncorks the beats and leaves the feedback
to Trent Reznor, who he dearly has a jonze for (not to mention
MC 9000-ft. Jesus, of which he is the reincarnation, though
not nearly as clever, or catchy)."