Sweatshop Union

Vancouver’s favourite hip-hop collective has returned for this sixth release, a quasi-tribute to Bill Murray. The album is significant for being the first SU release to not include founding member Kyprios, and his gravelly rhymes are missed, but not essential. Makeshift Kingdom is forgettable, but Sunburn is uplifting and cool, as is Nuclear Family. D-Sisive pops up on Bring Back the Music, a logical hate on MTV and MuchMusic (I’m surprised more artists haven’t done a diss track on this topic). The title track is a funny and cool ode to arguably the funniest man alive, though the film-title-as-lyric thing is a little easy. It’s John Lennon that is the real treat here - a beautiful protest anthem paraphrasing Instant Karma. Lennon would likely approve.

Published in Volume 66, Number 7 of The Uniter (October 12, 2011)

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