(Hed) P.E. Broke
- Released: August 22, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Jive
Rolling Stone - 10/26/00, p.1123 stars out of 5 - "...The rare rap-metal act willing to admit that good times actually exist....Rap metal has found its Motley Crue."
Q - 10/00, p.1193 stars out of 5 - "...Focused and mature...they possess the wherewithal to express their anger and frustration musically..."
CMJ - 8/21/00, p.27"...Weaves down-tuned guitars with booty-licious beats...and hardcore raps that are littered by more cussing than a sailor."
Melody Maker - 8/26/00, p.594 stars out of 5 - "...Brilliant, about as black as this pimp-rock is gonna get, hip-hop credible in a way no one inthe field has been since Urban Dance Squad....it's a great album..."
- 1.Killing Time
- 2.Waiting to Die
- 3.Feel Good - (featuring Morgan Lander / Serj Tankian)
- 5.Crazy Legs
- 6.Pac Bell
- 7.I Got You
- 8.Boom (How You Like That)
- 9.Swan Dive
- 11.Jesus (Of Nazareth)
- 12.The Meadow / The Phone Call
Hed P.E.: Jahred (vocals, guitar); Chad (guitar, turntables); Mawk (bass); B.C. (drums).
Additional personnel: Kerry Freeman, Trista Redavid, Bobby Ikeda, Matthew Pact, Kristy Herndon (background vocals); Serj Tankian, Morgan Lander, East Bay Ray.
Recorded at Sweet Tea, Oxford, Mississippi; The Machine Shop, Hoboken, New Jersey; The Hit Factory, New York, New York.
Personnel: Wesstyle (guitar); Clinton Bradley (programming).
Audio Mixer: John Goodmanson.
Recording information: Hit Factory, New York, NY; Machine Shop, Hoboken, NJ; Sweet Tea, Oxford, MS.
These entrants into the rap-metal sweepstakes don't miss a trick. The vocals expertly blend Anthony Kiedis-meets-Ice-T rapping with Alice In Chains-on steroids rock howling. The music displays a similarly accomplished blending of elements, deftly utilizing blazing metal riffs, hip-hop rhythms, and touches of electronica and industrial rock.
It all works in the service of a tightly-wound, claustrophobic sonic environment that communicates the angst of the average, alienated individual in the modern world. Although at times it's hard to tell whether BROKE is meant to be music to accompany the impending apocalypse or to express the state of mind intrinsic to a post-apocalyptic world, in either case, it's hard-hitting, unsettling stuff. Fans of Korn, Limp Bizkit, et al will certainly find a lot to like here.
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