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"The Killaz: No Bullets Necessary (album review)"

With Hasbro breathing down their necks, the G.I. Joe Killaz are simply The Killaz and have whittled themselves down to a less conspicuous duo. On "One Gun Shot", Des (previously Destro) and Stacy (previously The Baroness) justify the betrayal and assassination of third member Cobra Commander. It's also on this song and "The Saga Continues..." that the two remaining members detail their new battle plan for world domination now that they've inexplicably eliminated the last Joe: Fight Club-style infiltration. The rest of this seven-song EP isn't so blatantly influenced and holds up surprisingly well without the gimmick. But make no mistake, The Killaz are still busting laser gunshots with raps that espouse the virtues of camouflage, poisons, laser guns and their tank. Both Des and Stacy sound more confident with their raps and flows, and Sacy has further refined her soulful singing. Tomas Jirku once again produces, but with a better selection of hip-hop laced with electro, reggae and G.I. Joe samples. When nerdcore meets hardcore on a Saturday morning, it's The Killaz.

-Thomas Quinlan - Exclaim! (October 2005)

"The Killaz (G.I. Joe Killaz Live Review)"

There was a buzz circulating the most recent G.I. Joe Killaz show, with rumours that the Joe-hating crew was on the brink of change. Whether the signs of a new formation were musical, visual or just a new angle on their hopes of world domination, a crowd gathered to bear witness. Cobra Commander set-up shop behind his laptop, with the Cobra flag decked behind him, as Destro and Stacy (aka the Baroness) soon followed on stage and gave the crowd a full dose of their laser gun rap, tearing through their current full-length with ease. The use of a laptop is not nearly as exciting as cuts via turntables, especially during a hip-hop show, but their beats were still packed with an electronic edge and had necks snapping for those that dared to get close to the stage. Destro and Stacy exchanged lyrical skills, as they told tales ranging from slaughtering Joes to investigating who spilt juice on their lair’s camouflage couch. But not only do the G.I. Joe Killaz put on a great hip-hop show, but they also bring out fellow Cobras, such as Major Bludd, who dragged out what was later confirmed to be the last G.I. Joe in existence. After torturing and using mind control techniques on the unfortunate prisoner, it was time for Destro to announce the new mission, seeing as hunting Joes was no longer an option. The crowd was stunned, as what looked to be burying the hatchet with Cobra Commander ended in bloodshed, as Destro popped a few laser shots into Commander’s dome. Explaining that their former-friend was leading them nowhere fast, Destro and Stacy announced the end of the G.I. Joe Killaz as we know them and assured the crowd that the pair will re-emerge again, now known simply as the Killaz. The crew then fled the stage but the audience wanted more and convinced the duo to drop more tracks, even ones they had already performed. Both MCs have gifted skills, with Stacy taking it up even a notch further with her incredible singing, which laces their pulsating electro-beats. It’s no wonder the people didn’t want the Killaz to jet back to their hidden fortress. One crowd member loved the show so much that he proceeded to make an ass of himself and jump on stage, leaving Stacy no option but to announce her consideration to changing their new name to “the that guy killaz.”

-Noel Dix - Exclaim! May 2003

"G.I. Joe Killaz (album review)"

Those of you with a sense of humour and an ear for dope production should check out the latest from the mysterious GI Joe Killaz. Taking gangsta rap to its illogical extreme, GI Joe Killaz (MC Destro, Baroness, and DJ Cobra Commander aka Tomas Jirku) spit out tales of Cobra’s ventures into disorganized crime over some ill laptop hip hop and digital electro tomfoolery (thanks to Jirku). Track subjects range widely from the global (“Money to Burn” features Cobra’s brilliant plan to replace the earth’s currencies with Cobra Money) to the more intimate (“Who Spilled the Juice” is a rap about the consequences of staining the Cobra HQ’s prized camouflage couch). Needless to say if you take shit too seriously then you might want to skip this one, but if you’re looking for a good laugh, then seek it out. Co-braaaaah! 8/10

-Raf Katigbak - VICE (March 2003)


No Bullets Necessary EP (2005/The Red Mist)

Evil Is... Murdercore (compilation) (2005/LRD)

Seriously Underground... (compilation) (2003/Musikexperience)

G.I. Joe Killaz (2002/Alien8 Recordings)

Takin' Over Tha World EP (2001/No Type)

The Xmas EP (2000/Cobra Records)

G.I. Joe Killaz (2000/Cobra Records)



The Killaz (formerly known as G.I. Joe Killaz) make their triumphant return with the release of “No Bullets Necessary”, the widely anticipated follow up to their 2002 self-titled debut. The EP also marks the first release from The Killaz under their new name and revamped image. However, the originators of “Lazer Gun Rap” assure fans that nothing has changed, and that this is only the next step in their quest for world domination.

The male/female rap crew made headlines two years ago when they emerged in the public eye portraying characters from the hit 80’s cartoon, “G.I. Joe”. Destro, The Baroness, and DJ Cobra Commander quickly won fans over worldwide with their dark, electronic beats and aggressive, sometimes humorous rap fairy-tales. This, combined with their always theatrical stage show which includes colorful costumes, characters, and extremely unexpected surprises has resulted in a loyal following of “soldiers” pledging their allegiance to the cause.

The Killaz shot to fame following an appearance on MTV’s “The Wrap”, taking part in a no-holds-barred interview where their message of world conquest was heard loud and clear. Everything seemed to be going according to plan for the power hungry tyrants, when only a week later at a live performance in Toronto, Destro shocked those in attendance by murdering his supposed best friend DJ Cobra Commander on stage. He then announced a new agenda, a new name, and a fresh start for the group. Rumors that the change was brought on by a lawsuit from Hasbro (the owner of the “G.I. Joe” trademarks) because of copyright infringement, have been vehemently denied by the group. They insist that the change is “all part of the plan”.

With “No Bullets Necessary”, The Killaz, now consisting of Des (formerly Destro), Stacy (formerly The Baroness) and DJ Billy (the deceased Cobra Commander’s son) continue their quest for world supremacy, spreading their message with tales of social restructure, mass violence, and the importance of laser guns. “1 Gunshot” chronicles the group’s storied history and disdain for their leader leading up to DJ Cobra Commander’s demise. “40 Inch Rims” is a day in the life of Des as he tries to keep his tank so fresh and so clean; A task that quickly becomes complicated once Stacy arrives. And “VX” is an eerie lesson in chemical warfare, detailing the horrific effects of numerous chemical weapons, and where The Killaz might use them.

Futuristic beats, slick rapping and singing, and wildly original narratives are what The Killaz are known for, and as usual, they deliver.

The Killaz are indeed back and poised to unleash the fury of Lazer Gun Rap on anyone who stands in their way. “You’ve never seen anything like this.” says Des from The Killaz secret fortress. Anyone who has heard or seen them before, whether they like it or not, can’t help but agree... The Killaz are here to take over, and from the looks of things it won’t be long until they do.