Fans of Coheed and Cambria will recognize the name Josh Eppard, former drummer for the band, but will they recognize him as Weerd Science, his stage name for his Hip Hop efforts? Weerd’s latest release, Sick Kids, is a social commentary on America, drugs, society at large, as well as a page out of Eppard’s life as he battled with heroin and the rough road to recovery. Needless to say I think this is one of the most important and best Hip Hop albums to come out this year. It represents everything we as a society never wanted to know about drug addiction from the inside out.
Fans of the P-Funk Allstars will have a blast with the opening track off the new album as it features Michael “Clip” Payne narrating the opening chapter to Weerd’s opus with, “You won’t read this in magazines/They don’t want you to know the truth/Everybody‘s taking drugs.” Drugs 2.0 is the second track on the album kicking right in with Eppard’s story of his life taking drugs pitted in contrast with the failed drug war in America. Could this be one of many lights that Eppard saw in his struggles, the coherency to see the many positive slogans of anti-drug sentiment crumbling while in the depths of the drug culture? To me it’s a song about how society likes to use our comfort blankets to skim the surface of deeper issues to show we care and how were trying to make the world a better places for these poor unfortunate victims without really caring. Following is Voices On Prince St. which is disturbingly dark if not a bit funny, probably unintentionally. This is Eppard’s struggle with trying to do the right thing only to succumb to the familiar urges of his addiction. It’ll make you want to laugh a little until the haunting chorus at the back end of the track which has a resounding deep quality to it. Track four is the title track, Sick Kids (w/ G.T.B.), that hits on the tremors of the drug problem. Its so engrained in our pop culture, so glorified, that kids are quick to emulate their heroes and from there it isn’t anything but consequences. Eppard plays it out in detail on Sick Kids ending disturbingly with kids (or maybe adults with child like voices) repeating, “I’m gonna shoot up this bitch.”
While Sick Kids is socially and politically deep there is still room on the album for the occasional clowning around, weather or not there is some truth in the tracks origins. Clap If You <3 Someone is all about a cheating girlfriend that passes on an STD. The chorus here is something else, “I love you girl but you gave me the clap/Clap, Clap.” Okay so who knows if its intentionally supposed to be funny, but it is. Speedballs is another track that borders hilarity working on a bass and drum groove that’s reminiscent of Mike Muir’s (Suicidal Tendencies) Infectious Grooves side band. While you can laugh or take it seriously Eppard’s construction of track music is nevertheless amazingly diverse and where you can take a break from the darkness of the album Eppard does well to return the album to form with darker tracks dashed in between like Asylum In Skin and the darkest of the dark with the albums closer Finality (with forward by G.T.B.). I’m just completely blown away by this entire album and highly suggest it to hip hop fans. If you've ever battled with drug addiction or had a loved one who battled with drug addiction this might be a bit much, but all true. Enjoy.
"Maybe it’s for you. Maybe it isn’t. It isn’t particularly in my wheelhouse, but I can bob my head to the beat just the same. C+"
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