FEEDING THE DRAGON
"PEMBROKESHIRE HASN'T YET MADE ITS MARK IN THE HISTORY OF HIP HOP, THOUGH ITS NOT FOR WANT OF TRYING. DOUGLAS "QRED" WOODCOCK'S PROGENITOR INC IMPRINT HAS BEEN ACTIVE SINCE 2003, AND HIS PRODUCTION HERE GOES AGAINST RAP'S PREVAILING GRAIN. COMING OFF LIKE A GOLDEN ERA-FIXATED NON PHIXION, QRED'S BEATS ARE AS DARK AS ANYTHING DMX HAS EVER RAPPED OVER. HE'S A FUNNY FUCKER, THOUGH HIS VOCAL QUALITIES DONT EQUAL THAT OF HIS BOARDSMANSHIP. STILL, WITH GUESTS LIKE HEADCASE LADZ AND NEW YORK'S CREATURE, THIS SON OF THE DRAGON NATION CAN STILL BREATHE PLENTY FIRE".
3/5 Angus Batey, Hip Hop Connection 2006
I don't know if this is a first, but I'd bet there haven't been too many hip hop albums created in the picturesque area of Pembrokeshire, Wales. Whether or not Qred is a pioneer, it's clear from this album the scenic corner of the UK hasn't rubbed off on the man. This album is about as dark as you're going to get, with enough horror to give you nightmares.
It all starts whith a creepy sample of some shrink interviewing a woman who regresses back to childhood, Exorcist style! From then on, there's little let up in what is a plethora of dark, demonic beats, with some relentless emceeing from Qred and guests. 'Example' is indeed a prime one, with a reverberating bassline battered by sharp snares, creating a horror film of a track for Qred, Mudmouth & Ralph Rip Shit to bless. Whilst Qred's lyrics are not lightweight on this track, or indeed the whole album, it's his production that really catches your lug 'oles. Call it horrorcore if you want, but this is simply incredibly well produced hip hop with a dingy twist.
As with the vast majority of albums, this has a few dry moments which require skipping, but on the whole it's a consistently themed album that holds your attention. If you like vivid hip hop which paints a dark picture, both lyrically and production wise, then this may well be essential for you.
REVIEWED BY 2HIP FOR UKHH.COM
Definitely an artist to look out for in 2006 is an MC/Producer from Pembrokeshire, South Wales who goes by the name of Qred. Influenced by that Early 90s sound, Qred's new album entitled "Backstreet Lobotomy" is an LP that real Hip hop heads will appreciate. Those searching for that pop, Jiggy sound - or as Qred puts it himself, "Them squeaky clean Casio Beats", wont find any of that on this album. Qred has produced a good majority of the 16 tracks himself, the rest produced by the likes of Sir Beans OBE, Mr Stophe, Komatic and DJ Hos with dope cuts and scratches throughout from the likes of Optimas Prime, DJ Hos, DJ Mistery and Dekmasher Slicer. Alot of the production and beats on this LP are straight RAW and unpolished sounding - which is dope - a definite match for Qred's lyrics, which are hard hitting at times and also rather comical with lines such as:
"You know you feel ruff when your piss smells of sugar-puffs" (Get Scrambled)
Guest mcs on the Lp include the crazy Hedcase Ladz, Mudmouth and Ralph Rip Shit, an mc from the NYC called Creature (who has also featured on tracks with MF Doom), Tarp from Philadelphia, plus 4dee & Piction, Ruger & Element, Se`fire and Hekler Kosh; a good variety of guests who all bring their individual flavour to this album. On the whole this is a really good album which deserves to be heard so keep your eyes peeled....
REVIEWED BY MR CRF FOR CRITICAL BEATDOWN MAGAZINE