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The Necessary Evil

by U.S.

The second release from an unprecedented talent... The Universal Solution.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Rap
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1. Sippi Kup
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2. Ncumn
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3. Break the System / Brooklyn
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4. Rokwimme
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5. Get it Hotta
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6. If I had Paper Dat Long...
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7. Don't be such a Sponge, Bob
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8. Bin Laden
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9. Earph
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10. (Sittin' on) The Block (All Day)
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11. What's Good (Remix)
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12. Lumumba
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13. Sunday f/ Jah-C
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14. Rome Too Burned
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Album Notes
"The Necessary Evil" Review by Crack Emcee

With an image of the artist, as the Unabomber, on the cover (and titles like "Bin Laden", "Lumumba", and "Rome Too Burned") you can get the impression U.S.'s CD, The Necessary Evil, proposes that George W. Bush - and, by extension, America - has done something that needs avenging. That's not quite true: the man passionately loves America - sometimes. What is surprising (other than the, recent, successes of the Bush Administration) is how credible his cup-half-full message, still, sounds: this is a really good album.

Moving from the abstract slam of "Sippi Kup", to early Public Enemy-type sonic noise and, then, smoothed out Hip-Hop Soul - and, even an acoustic guitar cover of "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" (called "Sitting On The Block All Day") - this is an eclectic collection that, constantly, surprises with it's consistency: at least eight, of the albums 16 tracks, are not just "good" but get knocked right out of the park, Barry Bonds style. Not bad for a, Brooklyn-born, bedroom warrior who probably, until now, was merely yelling "Break the system!" at his own four walls.

U.S.: we hear you - loud and clear - and, you're right, this is, definitely, "necessary".


"The Necessary Evil" Review by Spitkicker.com

A few months ago, one of the dopest albums of the year dropped. U.S.’s The Necessary Evil hit walk-in, and online stores with relatively little recognition from the mainstream press, yet independent newspapers like the Village Voice, and underground hip-hop sites hailed its release. The cover art alone– a police sketch of U.S. as the Unabomber- is enough to justify buying it, but the beats and lyrics are pure blaze. U.S. explores stylistic ground that nowadays seems to be the divine providence of hungry, brilliant young artists. Guess he’s one of those dudes. The album is political, revolutionary, raunchy, brave and completely out of the cosmos. It sits on beats laid down by a team of underground wizards that include Ki, Nuc Fam’s N.E.M.C., Babah Fly, and Berandom Infavor. Buy The Necessary Evil and look out for a new album, and some absurdly fresh mixtapes on which he kills, um, straight up murders, the language. Evil is available at cdbaby.com, amazon.com and as an iTunes download.


Review from The Indypendent - A Free Paper for Free People (November 2004, Issue #60, indymedia.org):

U.S.' music penetrates; it's raw, in your face and electrifying. His third album, The Necessary Evil, speaks of politics, passion and rage laid over some of the freshest and most innovative beats crafted by members of NYC's underground hip-hop movement. Over the course of elevated train rides, countless cigarettes and a fleeting rainstorm, we discussed both his forthcoming album and his personal politics.
"Revolution is a choice and a road open to us since forever," he said. "It comes down to action; you must first ask yourself who you want to be and what's important to you; your freedom is tied into the freedom of others. There's no way for anyone to be too far ahead of each other. Nothing can really, really move until WE move."
In 14 tracks of invective tirades, U.S. crafts language into a force that will drive the Movement. He uses everything from Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" to discuss block life in Brooklyn, to melodies from Richie Valens' "La Bamba" to explore the murders of Patrice Lumumba and Che Guevara. U.S. grabs you with his raucous hooks and manipulation of language that throughout the album, you'll never want to skip a track.
On "Sunday", produced by Babah Fly, U.S. says "the seed of the sacred's within the profane." This illuminates the album title's concept. "The necessary evil," he explained to me, "is being in those ugly moments when your opinions put you miles away from someone else, where you have to put your armor on and risk being an asshole by calling people out on their bullshit. It's giving your gift of honesty to humanity, to not only stand out, but stand up."
The Necessary Evil also spits raw sedition by unmasking the ugliness of present-day American reality over beats you can't help but bang your head to. In "Rome Too Burned", produced by Berandom Infavor, he raps, "Cuz it'll only get worse some more, when the companies you working for don't gotta pay they share no more ... when GE owes the government like a billion bucks, and they ain't paid them shit, you think they scared of us? N thus, a way better question is... what? You think they paying us? You complacent fucks. If we all play just a little bit dumb, n no one ever lift they middle finger, well then, the damage gets done... by your hand n my hand. Not by no po' man, not by no white man! Soon's we do the right thing, the youth'll be enlightened. You should not be frightened. The future is a bright thing."
"Artists create the language for conversations that need to happen", U.S. explained. In the track, "Get it Hotta", produced by N.E.M.C., U.S. presents a dialogue between two men of different generations discussing the motivations fueling our resistance:
(Old Man) I knew Black Panthers. I met Malcolm. These young boys, what the fuck are they out for? Propers? Bein fools n followers? Bein food for coppers? The man can't stop us! But what revolution, there's TV to watch, unh? Your generation, the problem wit y'all … you ain't got balls! You let em make laws! You let em make wars?! That paper-thin president of yours, I wouldn't let decorate floors!
(Young Man) I hear you, old timer. Fuck cutting off Bush, what we need's a whole new vagina.... there's a perfect vision in our central nervous system that we yearn to live in. The fake must fall... Lets take em on! We been here before, on a brink of a war wit extinction for more?!? We onna fringe? But of course! But I bet you one thing, we will beat em all! We will get it goin, we will get it on!"
And we will. There is no other option.
- Lauren Giambrone




"The Necessary Evil" Review by musicshopper.info


Our Rating: 86 out of 100

Brooklyn born underground MC U.S. is an uncompromisingly raw talent on the hip-hop firmament. The acronym doesn’t stand for United States, but rather Uncomfortably Sexy, Under Surveillance, Unabomber Suspect, Unprotected Sex or Uncircumcised Samson depending on what mood he’s in.

The Necessary Evil is his third album, and mirrors the schizophrenic approach to his moniker in the sense that it varies wildly, both musically and lyrically.

“I make empowerment music/ And I hate when powers confuse it” he declares on “NCUMN”, and he means it.

It’s good to hear Puerto Rican MCs get their due. Like Q-Unique and Immortal Technique, other Nuyoricans (New York Puerto Ricans) [ED.: Immortal Technique is Peruvian born], U.S. does not shy away from the political. Tracks like “Rome Too Burned”, “Lumumba”, and “Bin Laden” put the middle-finger where it hurts. The album cover depicts our hero as the Unabomber and on the back we see him sitting in the Oval Office.

While maintaining its "made in my bedroom" quality, U.S., together with some relatively unknown producers, serves up some sonic revelations. From minimal old school beats to reflective atmospheric sound-scapes, and from Public Enemy style noise collages to tripped-out soul jams that could easily take on Kanye West or Missy Elliot for sheer pop-appeal.

On top of all of this, U.S. alternates between a capella poetry, rhyming, crooning and everything in between. The energy on display is infectious, like a more focused Ol’ Dirty Bastard, whose spirit he sometimes channels, coupled with the musical exuberance of Outkast circa ATLiens and Aquemeni. This is life-affirming stuff.

“Break the system cause if it ain’t broke/ this must be some joke/Break the system, it’s broke already, yo/ You don’t hear your radio!?” goes the chorus to “Brooklyn”.

Unfortunately, you won’t be hearing any of these tunes on the radio —both sonically and lyrically they are too left-field; but, by rights “Earph” and “What’s Good (rmx)” wouldn’t be out of place on your local dance-floor.

The Necessary Evil is required listening for anyone who loves bare-bones hip-hop, skewed humor and is engaged with the world we live in.

-Hjalmar Tjan

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RKS

play it loud!!!!!!!!!!
Dude, this man US is going to make the world listen. Play it loud and often to help spread the word. Break the system!!
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si

Necessary cd in your system
For the political minds he speaks for the anarchy of america. Overall different and heat 5/5*. Visit me www.cdbaby.com/si3 . Peace....Si
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