"Strapt" (Self-Released)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Strapt is a seven-piece rap/metal band from Los Angeles that employs three increasingly bigger and scarier MC's and a slew of tricks from the community grab bag that so many bands have dipped into over the past five years. The big difference between Strapt and every other rap metal band that Strapt aren't up on stage creating a dance move or celebrating how great life can be. Instead, this band lays down some Suicidal Tendencies-like jams and lets the MC's run free to do their thing. 

Judging by Strapt's rap accounts of life, they seem to have been there, lived it, and don't mind spitting rhymes about the hard times. At ease with a NYHC inspired jam ("Punk Rock Gangsta Boogie") as much as a funked-up bassline leading its relentless charge ("Sell Out"), Strapt shows that it's got both the realism and the chops to deliver. 

And just one quick look at the band will convince you of their genuineness - Strapt looks as dangerous as their punk-metal rap professes them to be. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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