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"Admiral Crumple – The Next Night Review"

Album: The Next Night
Artist: Admiral Crumple
Grade: B
Reviewer: Hermes
Site: Cataphonic.tripod.com

The buzz is here, and people are hating. Must be a new Admiral Crumple album. In Canada, Crumple gets called out and clowned by many of peers, but how many of them are consistently putting out new music and work hard to meet success? Be prepared for something fresh and exciting on The Next Night. He’s stepped up the sound quality, he’s worked harder to make creative lyrics, and to top it all off, he’s still tenacious.

I want to begin with the production. Well layered and thick on the low end, something that lacked tremendously on Soreceraw. His music is dark and the choice of instrumentals fits perfectly with his themes. From his self-drawn album cover, you can see the Method Man undershirt, and there is undoubtedly a Wu flavour to the joints on this CD. “Fire Exits” fits that bill, with the booming bass drum thumping through the frenetic samples. He’s manned eight of the tracks on the boards, which is surprisingly low for a Crumple project, but they all meld and mix excellently. Westnyle carries the torch with “I Chop my CDs,” that has a distinct RZA influence, but has some nice switch-ups with the beat. The song feels like the true soundtrack to Nas’ music video for “Hip Hop Is Dead;” in an abandoned factory pressing up product. A claustrophobic Admiral Crumple raps more focused than before, relating the drug scene that dominated much of his adolescence to making music. “Northcotics” feels like Just Blaze through a compressor, with all the sounds losing that high-end texture, but bringing that horn sample straight out of a downstairs stereo with a muffled urgency.

One of my favorite songs, “The Greatest People,” feels like a people’s version of Common’s “The People.” For lack of a better word, people will connect with this track knowing that “all will be well within these rapidly changing times.” The chorus, like many Crumple refrains, has the same cadence and inflection, leading a first time listener to think that the music is two-dimensional and repetitive. If he had the ability to craft original hooks and not just “avant-garde” polysyllabic lines, he could add some mystery into his creation, adding that mind-bottling (© Blades of Glory) feeling. A man (or woman, I see you ladies) is only as strong as the folks they surround themselves with, and with that said, Crumple manages to wrangle in Kool Keith for a cameo. One of the more quiet rap veterans in the rap world, largely due to the confusion in his numerous monikers (Dr. Dooom, Tashan Dorrsett, Black Elvis, Dr. Octagon, Dr. Nogatco…), Keith jumps on “The Energy,” and there aren’t many indy rappers who say they had an Ultramag spit over one of their beats. He sounds right at home with the good Admiral, although the verse is poorly and hastily recorded.

Crumple’s got his aspirations, best articulated on “Grateful,” which barks up my tree: he gets emotional, telling a better story than the majority of his catalogue. “Fans appreciate my lyrics / they said hip hop was dead, now they wanna hear this!” This track best summarizes the entire album and Crumple’s public persona. He can stand his ground and represent his hometown, yet he’ll take negative words from his Canadian critics (the ones that don’t write for magazines), and make something out of nothing. My jaw dropped when I popped in this disc: it excels compared to the other material I’ve heard from the mungin’ Crumpster (see the UGHH interview for that one).

Enough parentheses… enough repetition… I suppose I’m just so happy that the album I’m listening to is more than I expected, and actually something I can rock in the queue. Respect for the man, and if this is his growth in one year, this man is out for something a lot bigger than even his far-f etched dreams can stretch. If I had my way, this would be Crumple’s only album to date, so listeners wouldn’t have all the mediocre music to compare it to.
Hermes

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Discography

2002 - Admiral Crumple - Interfuse
2003 - Bleached Harmony - Synchronized Seizures
2003 - Great Deamons - Hip Hop compilation
2004 - Admiral Crumple - Natural Laws
2005 - Admiral Crumple - Scarecity
2006 - Admiral Crumple - Sorceraw feat. Pumpkinhead
2007 - Admiral Crumple - The Next Night feat Kool Keith

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Admiral Crumple creates dark, hardcore, clever and grimey hip hop. What makes Crumple an original, is the conscience and value driven lyrics over his dark, hardcore and grimey beats. Crumple received great press in Vice Magazine, Hip Hop Connection (The biggest hip hop magazine in Europe), undergroundhiphop.com, CBC Radio 3, Exclaim Magazine, rapsearch.com, EYE Magazine and much more. He has also collaberated with legendary emcee Kool Keith a.k.a. Dr. Octagon who Eminem shouts out and gives respect to in his earlier work, and Brooklyn Academy's Pumpkinhead.

Torontos Independent Emcee known as Admiral Crumple is a hardcore Hip Hop artist, with a refined writing style. He is recognized across Canada, Europe, New York, California, England and Australia. Crumple has sold hundreds of albums in Canada, New York and Europe. His album Interfuse brought forth his original style of a hardcore, deep, storytelling and fun style of Hip Hop. Crumple brings his work to a fan base that grows with each new release.

Admiral Crumple was born and raised in Toronto. He has been writing and releasing music since the late nineties. In 1996-1999 you could have caught him freestyling with his crew the Altered States in the Bergamot housing projects in Rexdale, Toronto - an area notorious for its high crime rate. The writing doesnt stop at hip-hop lyricism. He is also involved in many short story and poetic projects.

Crumple has performed live dozens of times in Toronto. He performed with DJ Carl Allen and opened up for many independent groups such as Invoice, The Anonomys Crew, Empire, New Jerseys The Shogunz and many others. His energetic live shows pull in large crowds every time. Crumple also directs music videos and short films. The video for Bleached Harmonys Lyrical Artillery was filmed in Lakeshore one of Torontos poorest areas and where 1/3 of Bleached Harmony lives. Crumple is most known for his cult classic Compartment a short hip hop horror film where a girl is being hunted down by a masked madman in a Toronto Housing complex. It is filmed in a very edgy way and has a Crumple Instrumental banging hard in the background.

Artists like Run DMC, Redman and the whole form of independent hip-hop influenced him. The Beatles, Aldous Huxley, Bruce Lee, Gandhi, and David Letterman are also big inspirations to him. The love for hip-hop switched from consuming product, to creating and giving back to the community. Admiral has been involved in many projects and has worked with many artists including Kinetic (Altered states), Savilion (Creaturebox), Toad One (Creaturebox), Duncan (Torontos best known Speedbass artist and co-founder of the legendary Smirk parties), Last Poet (Altered States), First Aid, Romulus, Anonomix, Jadox (Californian emcee), Vision (Edmontons favorite) etc. As Admirals Knowledge, wisdom and understanding grows with time, so does the Cataphonic Empire and all affiliated emcees.