THEY ARE UP THERE WITH THE BEST OF ALL TIME, DO NOT SLEEP ON
Tino Tek | London, England | 10/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Psycho Realm are made up of two brothers, Sick Jacken and Duke and the third part time member is B Real from the group Cypress Hill. B Real discovered the group when they were unsigned and was so impressed by them that not only did he want to help them get signed but he wanted to be part of their group.
First of all I want to get a few things clear because after reading a few of the reviews on amazon it is quite obvious that most people are not aware of what Psycho Realm are about and are posting statements about them which are completly untrue, for starters:
1. PSYCHO REALM ARE NOT A SPIN OFF OF CYPRESS HILL, THEY ARE TWO BROTHERS WITH SUPERIOR TALENT AND B REAL WANTED TO BE PART OF THEM BECAUSE THEY CARRIED THAT HUNGER AND SOCIAL AWARENESS WHICH I BELIEVE HE THOUGHT THAT CYPRESS HILL DID NOT HAVE ANYMORE OR NECESSARILY CONCENTRATED ON.
2.DJ MUGGS DID NOT AND I REPEAT, DID NOT PRODUCE ANY OF THE TRACKS ON THIS ALBUM, ONLY ON ONE SONG WAS IT PRODUCED BY A MEMBER OF SOUL ASSASSINS WHICH MUGGS IS A PART OFF, BUT HE WAS NOT INVOLVED.
THE BEATS WERE PRODUCED BY SICK JACKEN HIMSELF AND SOME WERE CO PRODUCED BY B REAL.
This album carrys the sort of lyrics which are hard to hear from rappers these day's, It cannot be stressed how much this group is underated, they describe the dangers of the streets of LA in particular their district of Pico Union in such a vibrant and detailed way that upon listening to them you can almost picture the social depravation which plagues their streets. I am not going to start telling you about individual songs on here because the truth is that every song on this album is relevant, there are no fillers here.
The beats are some of the best I have ever heard and that is not an overstatement, not only that but they are also quite original and it seems that the beat selection was made just for them, they are quite dark and rugged but never do they suffer from same beat syndrome and they are all serious headnodders.
This group deserves more attention than they get and I urge people to check them out, I am not claiming that they are the best ever but they are a testament to what true hip hop stand's for and can claim with their head held high that they represent the westcoast.
Their other two albums A War Story and War Story Book 2 which came after this are also as good if not better than this one so if you can get a hold of them also, I strongly recommend it.
DON'T SLEEP ON THIS GROUP, IF YOU ARE INTO SERIOUS GOOD HIP HOP AND NOT HIP POP THEN GET THIS OTHERWISE YOU ARE MISSING OUT."
Pete | 01/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This group is very underrated and unheard of. They deserved better, as this album shows how talented they are. With Muggs on production, you can't go wrong there, then you got Duke, Jacken and B-Real, who never fail. All the tracks are strong, no weak songs, and the production is top-notch with brilliant lyrics and rapping. I would call it a masterpiece. Best tracks are Psycho City Blocks, La Connecta Pt 1 & 2, Showdown, and Psyclones. The reviewer that said Psycho Realm "sounds like a cross between Cypress Hill and the Gravediggaz" obviously hasn't heard this album, because that is completely not true, that is total disrecpect to say that."