September 06, 2016

Blahzay Blahzay "Blah, Blah, Blah" (The Source, 9/96)


"After rocking the entire East Coast last year (for a good six months) with their anthemtic single "Danger" - which was revived by the Syracuse Orangemen on their impressive Final Four trip this spring - Blahzay Blahzay are poised to release their long awaited album, Blah, Blah, Blah. While it is clear that comparisons with Jeru The Damaja's The Sun Rises In The East will abound - among them, the gritty texture of the tracks and the relentless lyrical assault upon formulaic rap artists, not to mention their shared locale of East New York - Blahzay definitely have something to offer and cannot be written off as imitations. If anything can be said, it is that they, like Primo, MOP, Smoothe Da Hustler, OC and Jeru, are helping to further represent and define their piece of the Bucktown sound." Peep the visuals to the gem "Pain I Feel," cont'd below...


Included in the album are the original "Danger," "Danger-Part 2," with Smoothe and brother Trigga, and their current single, "Pain I Feel." The rest of the album delivers the goods and builds upon the promise of these joints. "Pain..." is a standout track and could be the third entry in a trilogy - begun with Jeru's "Come Clean" and OC's "Time's Up" - dedicated to exposing the phantasmic content of a large segment of hip-hop and to refining lyrical skills. Likewise, "Don't Let This Rap Shit Fool You" and "Posse Jumpa" are verbal jabs at hip-hop pretenders and reminders to those MCs and crews in the industry who don't know the ledge. "Long Winded" employs the time-proven tactics of looping one's own words and creating one's own vocabulary. That track, along with "Jackpot" and the title cut, serve as a declaration of the Blahzay sound. Blah, Blah, Blah is a refreshing, no-nonsense product which delivers exactly what it promises: beats and lyrics without relying on catchy hooks, posse cuts or shock value parading as "reality." At the end of the album the listener will, as promised, "know and feel what the blahz means." - The Source, September 1996.