J| | | | |M still got the vice grip on rap

Blake Gillespie

J| | | | |M , Corbin Dallas

In the year 2000, most were not ready for Quasimoto's The Unseen. It was a record well ahead of its time, possibly too weird even for the Houston districts that were sipping lean and bumping DJ Screw tapes. In the 12-years since the Lord Quas debut, rap has undergone the proper transformations to overcome the crack rap obsesssions of the 90s and explore the effects of high-grade marijuana, psychotropics, sampling everything under the sun, and canonizing regional sounds as fair game for any takers with respect to the originators.

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The result pushed to its furthest limits sounds like the Muppet Show after whippets and a blunt laced with embalming fluid. The duo of producer Every and rapper J| | | | |M, make up Jim Henson In The Vice Grip. While we can't imagine this group taking the stage, we're thoroughly pleased with its reclusive blend of codeine-muddled production and split personality rap bravado. J| | | | |M splits time in the baritone and tweeked-up alto tones, but neither side is the angel on the shoulder opposite the demon. There's no altruistic filters in J| | | | |M on “4TEEN”, just pure brain numbing hedonism. Chilling J| | | | |M's madness is Every, who submerges the cold croon of Denali's “Gunner” into a trap rap sound pit.

Jim Henson In The Vice Grip's CORBIN DALLAS LP is out May 25 on OUNCE.

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