Hunger Pains
label: Obese

production: Plutonic Labs

guests: Nicola, Minas, Raph Boogie, The Grouch
year of release: 2004
Work Hard
Heaps Good
Raise Ya Voice feat. Nicola
Gimme Tha Mic
Beer Goggles
Moment Of Clarity
The Jason Chapman Sway
Scars & Stains feat. Minas
Becoming Agrophobic
Hunger Pains feat. Raph Boogie
14. You're Choice 'Kings' feat. The Grouch
  Beer Goggles
Muphin is one of the more productive people out there in far away Australia. What would be horrible if he'd suck. He doesn't though. So can we do a sigh of relieve and you may direct your attention to the newest - while not necessarily new - endeavor called "Hunger Pains".
Actually if we rewind for a little bit - back to "More Than Music" - you might remember that the praise spoken was especially for the collaborations of Muph and Plutonic Lab. So what happened? The two did an album together. So this is kinda like Australia's equivalent to Chicago's Qwel and Maker doing "The Harvest". And heck, that album was great, so you may expect this to be good too - considering it's brought up here.
And good this album is. Not just because it covers a lot of ground, but because these two people - Much and Plutonic - just match and they spoke to each other while creating the songs. How can you tell? Because the beats and the lyrics communicate, like when Muph builds the story on one of the best songs on here: "Beer Goggles". This is not just a dude rapping over any random beat, but this is taking each other into consideration. And that always makes a better song. Even if it's a silly song like this one, where Muph explores the funny story of a skank looking like Heidi Klum through those 'beer goggles.' Add a little Eastside Flatbush Project sample, the crackle of a vinyl, more appropriate scratching, and Muphin really taking us into the situation with the verses. Great song.
But there's still more. Plutonic does sample heavy music, dense music, with a lot of change ups, details. And if you have a minute, sit down and listen to how much is going on on "Work Hard" where new percussion appears and disappears, where things come and go and producers please take note: if your beat only took 15 minutes to make, then it might be cool in a throw up graffiti kind of way. But a full fledged wild style piece will always look more impressive.
On that song Muph talks about everyday working heroes, we already had him talk about Saturday adventures, and with a "Heaps Good" he shows that there's good reason why he won a couple of rhyme battles in his lifetime. This is however only one song where he caters to the braggadocio and even here it's not flat out. Instead Muphin really takes care to talk about a lot of things on his record: "Gimme Tha Mic" is a long list of 'gimmes', but with a twist. He pours his heart out on "Raise Ya Voice" (featuring Nicola on the hook), on "Moment Of Clarity" (which features another dense Plutonic beat), on "Scars & Stains" (featuring Minas), while "Hunger Pains" expands the woes. Here Plutonic shines again with a driven beat, including a racing piano beat.
Another exhibition of the two just showcasing their enormous amounts of skills is "The Jason Chapman Sway", which really lives off of many different flows and many change ups in the beats. And with "Paracetamol" we have something so touching, including the whining and plush strings, it features a pessimistic while none the less overall and strangely optimistic overtone.
Finally we get a high profile collaboration as Muph+Plutonic team up with The Grouch, who gets to rhyme over another incredible beat. And listening to how good "You're Choice 'Kings'" is, you can only hope that the Grouch will give Plutonic a call when this Living Legend starts to work on his next album.
Yes, Plutonic is that good and yes, Muphin really came around for this album too not to be outshined by his Australian brethren. The assumptions hinted at in the "More Than Music" review really were quite accurate, as we have quite the dream team here, giving us a high quality album.
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