Funcrusher Plus

 
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Company Flow really want you to know how independent they are. This seems to be their primary mission, and Funcrusher Plus is wacked-out enough to satisfy that agenda. Building off some previously released material, most notably "8 Steps to Perfection," CF often take a galactic-horror groove here, dropping in some skewed drumbeats and dense lyrics, forcing your head into a lopsided bob as you groove along to tracks such as "Silence" and "Definitive." These cuts try to violate your brain so much that they seldom make it to your ass, but the lyrics are tight and the hooks are original (check out the sitar in "The Fire in Which You Burn"). If you need a break from that same-same radio-ready hip-hop, Company Flow definitely have something for you. --Todd Levin

Customer Reviews:

  • DNT SLEEP
    WELL IF YOU READ THIS AND DNT HAVE THIS CD THEN YOU SLEPT ON IT , CD HARD TO FIND INDI CLASSICK NUFF SAID !...more info
  • Real hip-hop
    This is real underground hip-hop. not that fake ¡́hit. company flow keeps it real. if u a fan of underground, pick this one up soon....more info
  • Gotz 2 Grab this album.....
    Company Flow's debut album has taken underground hip hop to a new level. "Lune TNS" and "The Fire in which you Burn" are two tracks that catapulted these cats to the next generation of hip hop. I beat this CD everyday, and never get tired of it. It'll keep ya heads nodding for years. This is a true hip hop album....more info
  • UNMATCHABLE
    I HAVE NEVER AND WILL NEVER HEAR AN ALBUM THIS BRILLENT AND UNIQUE IN MY LIFE. MORE SO THAN ANYONE IN RAP, EL-P IS A GENIUS,,HE IS THE BEST LYRICIST AND PRODUCER IN HIP HOP HISTORY,,HANDS DOWN. THERE ARE EASILY 12 SONGS ON THIS LP THAT ARE CLASSICS THAT WILL LIVE FOREVER,,I COULD LISTEN TO THIS CD EVERY DAY FOR 10 YEARS AND STILL PICK UP THINGS I MISSED BEFORE,,,EVEN IF THERE WAS NO DEMENTED, EARTH SHATTERING BEATS LACEING EVERY SONG LIKE THERE IS,,IT WOULD STILL BE A MASTERPIECE. 8 STEPS TO PERFECTION IS THE BEST SONG EVER,,,BLIND HAS A KINETIC BEAT THAT bad ENERGY OUT OF THIN AIR AND SPITS IT AT YOU LIKE A TIDAL WAVE,,,,,,,,,IN ORDER TO TRULY FIGURE THIS CD OUT,,YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT IN EVERYTHING,,ALL THE REFERENCES AND BACKGROUND IS BOGGLELING,NEVER HAS THERE BEEN A CD LIKE THIS,,AND WITH END TO END BURNERS, KRAZY KINGS TOO AND WEIGHT,,,THEY SHOWED THEY MAY BE GETTING BETTER,...more info
  • great!!!!
    This is one of da best albums ever!!!!!!!...more info
  • Not your everyday MCs...
    What do you get when you place 3 of the most unique hiphopers together? You get one of the most unique albums to come out in a while. Co-Flow is the originators of this 'new' style of hiphop. I truthfully don't know how to explain it. Only Mr. Len could take blackboard nail scratching beats and add a bassline and make it sound like a beautiful harmony... And only El-Producto and Bigg Jus could flow some equally stomach twisting rhymes triggering off nerve endings in your brain... Other than later Co-Flow offshoots like Cannibal OX, Aesop Rock, etc, Outkast is the only other rap group to come out with a abnormally unique hiphop style...anyway about Funcrusher Plus overall its bananas. Its something truly different and the end result will leave you happy. The only thing bad about Co-Flow's 'independent as f**k' style is that I kinda had to force myself to get into it, which is usually a bad sign, but fortunately I gave into it and later cherished this product...

    This album gets kicked off with "Bad Touch" which starts off with a hilarious skit about 'how touching people is sometimes wrong' and Bigg Jus and El-P cracked me up with some funny lyrics. I had high expectations for the rest of the album and they were met. Especially with "8 Steps to Perfection", "Collude Intrude", "Blind", "Vital Nerve", "The Fire In Which You Burn", "Last Good Sleep", "Info Kill II", and others... "Patriotism" is Co-Flow's best joint, however that track is only available on Soundbombing II.

    All 3 members get to highlight their abilities. El-P and Bigg Jus got their solo tracks (El-P had "Last Good Sleep" which was great. Bigg Jus had "Lune TNS" which had a great beat that he, himself, produced but his lyrics made NO sense what so ever). And Mr. Len got to close out the album with a 3 minute long instrumental that he scratched all over...

    There's really barely any let-downs on this CD. Even the unexplainable tracks on the CD where enjoyable. Co-Flow later released an instrumental only CD which I haven't heard yet. But Co-Flow then broke up and Bigg Jus went his separate way. El-P and Mr. Len now have their own label Def Jux which put out a dope a hell mini compilation out introducing Aesop Rock and Cannibal Ox to me, which had me with all smiles...

    If your looking for something different this CD is for you.

    I'm Out... Mind Power!!!...more info

  • Best Hip-Hop Album I Ever Purchased
    It took a few listens to catch all the lyrics, but once I did, I realized that I've never heard anyone flow like these guys do. I heard they broke up, and for the sake of raps future lets all pray this isn't true....more info
  • honestly, this has to be one of the greatest albums ever
    i love hip hop music. but only when it is good. honestly, i have a $200 cd player in my car, with $300 speakers, and i never even plugged the radio in. i hate radio rap. i play nothing but cd's i my car. and my collection is ridiculous. some of my favorites include-
    - cannibal 0x - the cold vein LP
    - illogic - write to death, vol.1 (one of the original 500, not the re-issue)
    - anything by metal fingers doom
    - cLOUDEAD - cLOUDEAD LP
    - big juss - plantation rhymes EP (why does everyone hate this album, most of it is pretty good
    - anything by kool keith

    these are just the majors, the best of the best. my collectio is 400+ deep, and growing every paycheck.

    but company flow's "funcrusher plus LP" blows everything else away. i got this originally in '98, back when el-p still got down with rawkus, and i couldn't believe how dense this album was. el-p has to be in at least every true fans top 5 for producers, and it amazes me that his lyrics cut just as deep as his beats do. bigg jus was the perfect compliument to el-p, and len on the faders was icing on the damn cake.

    really, what hasnt been said about this album. one of the classic albums of all time, produced by one of the best in the business, written by two of hip hops most original lyricists, and even at the old age of 8 years old, still better than 98% of albums coming out today.

    the only two albums to come close to this are can-ox and the recently released madvillian album.

    i have bought seven (!) copies of this album since it has come out, just because i have really listened to this album that much.
    it is really that good....more info

  • Funcrusher Plus
    If hardcore punk were rap, it would be called "Funcrusher Plus" by Company Flow, and it would be the most assaultive, confrontational hip-hop record since N.W.A. first lambasted the Los Angeles Police Department. Armed with fist-pumping liberal intensity, a healthy distrust of manipulative authorities, an expansive vocabulary and rhymes so quick and dizzying you'll need a lifetime and three wise men to pick up everything that's spit in your direction, El-P and Big Juss created the blueprint for nearly every experimental rap record that followed. Topics included corporate greed, political corruption, sci-fi dystopia, warfare and domestic violence, backed by bargain-basement beats and sparse, off-kilter melodies that made no attempt to sound pretty. Indeed, Company Flow saw ugliness in all its forms and turned it into music that was difficult--even traumatic--to swallow. And yet, in 1997, "Funcrusher Plus" was eerily prescient of the perpetual state of emergency that Americans would find themselves in not half a decade later. In that sense, there is nothing at all excessive about Company Flow's mission statement or their method of laying it down on wax....more info
  • The Fire In which Mainstream Rappers Burn
    "Funcrusher Plus" is an album that is way ahead of it's time. The lyricism by El-P and Big Juss is outstanding and the beats are creative (thanks to SpaceGhost). This is not a happy sounding album by any means. This is apocolyptic hip hop at it's best. If you want happy sounding rap, go borrow a copy of Nelly's "Nellyville" from your little sister. I was totally blown away by El-P's rhyme flows throughout the album...This lyricist could blow away 97% of the emcee competion with his intensity on the mic. In the mainstream, El-P has no competition....more info
  • Headphone Hip-Hop at its best
    If you call yourself a fan of hip-hop and you don't own this album then shut up.
    This is the sort of music that would make your average eminem, or Jay-z fan screw their face up in disgust. It'll take about 10 listens before you even start to understand this but after you do it is up there with the best albums of all time
    For a ground breaking underground album by a nearly unknown group to win album of the year in HHC magazine speaks volumes.
    The beats are EL-p's finest ever, just as an instrumental album this would be genius, but the lyrics provide something fresh every time you press play. BUY THIS ALBUM NOW...more info
  • El-P and Len
    El-P and Len manage to deliver their flows with the complexity that of a more commonly known Nas, though their constant delivery of detailed imagery has been known to be too much to handle. Funcrusher is the appropriate title for this. An Underground classic....more info
  • Here's the deal...
    This CD is truly getting into it's older days. Some of these songs are near a decade old.
    All of it is still completely relevant, and beats the holy hell out of most anything that has come out sense. My reasoning behind this would be just how damn subtle this CD is. El Producto and Bigg Jus sound like they're not even trying to completely blow your mind the way they do. Check "Bad Touch Example", "Blind", "Population Control", "Vital Nerve", "Tragedy of War (In 3 Parts)", and "Fire in Which You Burn". Best track here has to be "Krazy Kings". It took me a year to realize just how genius this song is. Jus's beat is just incredible, the most sublimely funky piece of juice EVER recorded. This song was slept on way too much. It's classic.
    My only beef with this CD is minor. The original "Infokill" should have been left in, the Star Trek dirge of part 2 is cool and all, but it doesn't match the raw finesse of the original.
    But it's still a perfect CD. It has a certain element to it you can't put into words, but if you're cruising around somewhere or just having a beer at home and you throw the CD in, you know what it is. It's the sick feeling of joy you get from watching someone's party being crashed and having their fun crushed to bits. Throw this CD in with your friend's high school aged sister and her friends around. They'll probably run for cover....more info
  • GET THIS!
    These guys can get your ride crunk with a sitar(fire in which you burn). Nuff said....more info
  • For the guy who says this is boring.
    Good. Go buy another CD, Company Flow doesn't need you. Company Flow doesn't need anyone!

    The guy who said this was independent as f**k wasn't kidding, indeed. This CD bleeds underground from weak quality to nitty-gritty lyrics. This is a must buy, whether you think you'll like it or not because this is the beginning of underground. Obviously Company Flow was the beginning of the label Definitve Jux, a juggernaut of underground hip-hop.

    The CD is a good one to listen to on your headphones because it doesn't intertwine very well with the whole driving thing cause it is not super "upbeat." All songs on the disc are worth mention, but I'm not going to mentionall of them so I'll just leave it off here. Pick up the album....more info
  • Crusher Plus it's Fun
    This album is a definant banger from beginning to end.There is some great rapping on this album and there is some of El-P's best work to date on this album.This is one of the three biggest albums on the entire label with Black Star-Train of Thought.as all of the other reviewers have said the production is priceless and just banger after banger.
    Lyrics 10/10 Production10/10 X Factor9/10 Classic 10/10 Replay9
    Total=9.5 out of 10 Fingers
    ...more info
  • NO OTHER IS GREATER!
    co- flow is the definition of dope. big juss and el-p combine together to create the ultimate lyrical mastermind and mr.len hits us with some incredible cuts. these "krazy kings" are ahead of their time but will not be dismissed....more info
  • To bad they are gone
    El-P and mr. len may have parted there ways in 2k but, this album is definetly worth owning, even if co-flow isn't around anymore. Mr. Len has an amazing set of drum and bass beats that blast "karokee" mc's out of the water. Yeah, this is underground, hiphop with amazing speed and ill flow. The polotics of el-p and mr len are very obvious based on the lyrics of this album. I've always been against comercial rap, and this album was sure a cure for the blues of the modern rap. Buy this album if you want something with driving drum and bass beats with some of the best rappers ever....more info
  • Bonecrushin' staccato rhythms- brilliant and hardcore.
    This is the album all you hardcore freestylers and digital hip- hoppers have waited for in years. How can this be so good? This is N.Y. rap as it's best: refreshing, always on point. This is all about no gimmics, fresh rhymes and underground rap. How about "I'm not trying to be different, I am": Big Juss, El- P and DJ Mr. Len gives us the freshest from today's hottest label, Rawkus. The whole album is what hip- hop are and should be; reality. They are supported by the Indelible Mc's(J- Treds, Brewin' from The Jugganots and Co- Flow), Ra the Rugged Man and BMS. Plus brilliant artwork from Ewok and Matt Reid. Please buy the LP, not the CD; the LP has a bonus track: Corners '94- maybe the best of them all. Buy! Buy! Buy!...more info
  • one of the top 3 hiphop albums of alltime
    Funcrusher plus is up there with Nas - Illmatic and Wu-tang's 36 chambers its been around for a while believe the hype one of the best ever...more info
  • Underground Sensation
    Funcrusher Plus, Company Flow's major-label debut, allowed the group creative grounds to expand, yet showed the world that they were out to define a niche for themselves, namely representing Underground, "leftist" hip-hop to the extreme. The hypnotic "8 Steps to Perfection" illuminated Big Juss's, and El-P's, abilitites to dominate microphones, while the two flowed well to the eerily dogmatic beat. This album was a breath of fresh air, as it allowed for truly insightful lyrics in the tone of "stripped down," hard beats....more info
  • re-FRESHment
    Innovative. Company Flow were musical pioneers who understood and embraced the essence of hiphop, which manifested itself in their debut masterpiece Funcrusher Plus. this is, in my opinion, el-p's greatest production to date and, IMHO, one of the greatest hiphop albums of all time. the futuristic, spacy, dystopian imagery that el-p, big jus and mr.len showcase in lyrics and production is simply amazing. they created a unique sound at a time when hiphop was reaping the material benefits of artistic convention and commercialism, revitalizing the genre in the process. hip hop was "FRESH" again, in the same manner that run dmc and the 80's bboy sound had once been. in funcrusher plus, the lyrics are grim, cerebral and complex.
    as for the production, well, listen for yourself. it is just mind-blowing. the sound is dark, futuristic, alien, yet modern all at the same time. listen to "population control", "the fire in which you burn", and "8 step to perfection", just to name a few. the sampling used in this album alone sparked my interest in vangelis' blade runner and other early electronica. if you are a fan of music in general and appreciate artists who create something truly unique, get this album. if you are a hiphop head, you have to have this album. if you are a jukie fan, you already have this album....more info
  • 8 Steps To Perfection...Managed To Complete All, Form a Octagon (5 stars)
    Company Flow's (El-Producto, Big Juss, and DJ Mr. Len aka Space Ghost) debut album Funcrusher Plus has pushed the boundaries of hip hop during the mid 90's era, managed to complete all 8 out of the 8 steps to their perfection:

    1)Independant As F**k, couldn't have been said better, because it seems like today (and back then), the majority of independant hip hop albums seems to be the best.

    2)As a group, you'll enjoy of the lyrics that El-P and Big Juss puts together on a song. "Bad Touch Example" is a good song to get the vibe of what the entire CD is going to be like. "Eight Steps To Perfection" would have lyrical content to the song. "Population Control" is one of their best songs that they have made.

    3)El-P manages to carry his weight when it comes to lyrics. Listen to the story telling "Last Good Sleep", or the freestyle "89.9 Detrimental"(even though some of the lyrics will be recycled), and you'll see what I'm talking about.

    4)Big Juss can also hold himself too. With some solo joints also, such as "Lune TNS" for all you hip hop heads who remember the 1980's days of grafiti tagging. "Krazy Kings" is a nice song also.

    5)DJ Mr. Len aka Space Ghost, is one of the best DJ out there, and he can do his thing. "Funcrush Scratch" and "Lencorism" is where he'll get his solo scraches to show his talents.

    6)Guest Apparences are nice also. The Juggaknots, a group I never heard of, appear on the cut "The Fire In Which You Will Burn" which I'm pretty sure that you will like. Also one of the members, J-Treds, appears on "Collude/Intrude". A guy named BMS will appear on "Vital Nerve".

    7)Creative skits (well I wouldn't call them skits, but interludes) are pretty nice too. Listen to the intro to "Bad Touch Example" and "Help Wanted". They may not be songs, but they wont let you down.

    8) Production. At first I thought El-P's production was just awkward sounding, like he outdid himself at some points. But after giving this (and Fantastic Damage) a few more spins, I've realized that he was a genius behind the board. His creativity is what helped rise Funcrusher Plus making it one of the best albums of 1997.

    Aside from that, this is a wonderful CD for hip hop heads and fans of Rawkus Records. Independantly released, it may never get the respect that it deserves, probably because no one listens to hard banging hip hop these days. Highly recommended for those who only listens to hip hop commercially and is looking for a detour. If you like this album, I also recommend that you purchase Mr. Len's "A Tribute To Company Flow" of all their hard to find 12" singles.

    Now the spotlight reviewer says there has only been 13 reviews since 1997. This is reissue of their CD (it's been reissued I think 3 times since 1997), and there is the same exact older copy of it on this website where it has almost 50 reviews, so there are some people who have discovered Company Flow.

    Standout tracks: Bad Touch Example, 8 Steps To Perfection, Population Control, 89.9 Detrimental, Krazy Kings, In The Fire In Which You Burn...more info
  • C Flow
    El-p is off hezzie on this Cd Along with everybody eles...more info
  • What took you so long?
    What have you been doing for tyhe last 7 years? If you need to see a review of this album it may be too late. I recommend immediately ordering the album with overnight delivery and listening to it as soon as possibly. Hurry, there may still be a chance....more info
  • I HATE THAT THEY BROKE UP!!!!
    everytime that i hear this album, which is CLASSIC MATERIAL, i ask the question, WHY THE HELL DID THEY BREAK UP!!!! this album is in its own category. i have not heard anything like it since. i just close my eyes and just chill out to this. i forget where i am, ya know. this is what i call an ANTIALBUM. they were disgusted about the "self celebratory" stuff that was coming out at the time. so FUNCRUSHER PLUS was like their lil ANTITHING. that in itself makes me love it even more because it got to the point where i did not like it either!!!!...more info
  • Rawkus brings tha Ruckus!
    Much credit is due to the boys from Co-Flow. The freshman album, Funcrusher Plus is worth any real hiphop head checkin out. The beats that El-p comes up with are far from the same old underground snare drum and scratchin beats which have become a cliche in the world of underground hiphop. Big Jus and his partner come hard with thought provoking rhymes and insane metaphores. Although the rhymes are nothing less than great, the only downfall of this album is that every song is a bunch of battle rhyme verses and though this may make for a phat mix tape, there should always be diversity in an album. But don't get it twisted! There is a reason I gave it four stars, all in all, the beats make up for everything else. If your a hiphop head looking for something new, go and get this album, you won't be disapointed!...more info
  • What took you so long?
    What the hell have you been doing for the last 7 years. If you need to see a review for this album it may be too late. I recommend buying the album with overnight delivery and listening to it immediately....more info
  • This is the straight-up dizznopest cd eva...word life
    Company Flow is keeping it so real, you'd think everything else you listen to is garbage. And I ain't buggin' either. On the real, nah mean? Word up. This is some of the crazt fresh fly dopest underground isht you'll ever witness. True Dat. Ohhhhh yeah. Chicken Pot, Chicken Pot, Chicken Pot pie. To my man ill will keep it rill. Big ups to all my boys locked down. Papa Joe...MBJ, Snyd Rock...POP & SHOK Crews. Big Ups to the UWS JTC and all those ill kids...peace out...ODB...more info
  • talented mc's
    This cd features the mc's (lyricists)EL-P and Bigg Jus, backed by the beats of Mr Len, the result is a truly unique sound. Both rappers flow with intelligence and vivid imagery. I can't think of anything i don't like about this album, its dope....more info
  • Independent As Fu**
    Over the past year, my CD case has been saturated by the likes of every Definitive Jux artist, a lot of Rhymesayers, and other independent hip-hop artists. If you're in the same boat as me, you have probably learned that Company Flow has had a profound effect on hip-hop throughout the late 90s through today. After finally listening to the album (several times), I can honestly say that this is definitely the most groundbreaking underground hip-hop classic I've ever heard. It is so clear that Co Flow has opened the door for a new wave of underground b-boys. And although El-P produces more of the well-known artists on his label, Definitive Jux, their presence in the hip-hop world is truly incredible. Co Flow has also opened the door for the artsy hip-hop label Anticon, although they've taken it in a totally different direction. It's very simple to see the influence that this album has over modern underground hip-hop.

    Several descriptive terms have been attached to hip-hop; one of which is "funky". Well, that's one word you will "not" use to describe this music. This was easily the most abstract hip-hop album ever recorded (at the time), which paved the way for avant-garde experimentalism in rap music. And as the picture of Co Flow represents under the CD tray (with El-P flipping the bird), these guys are "Independent As Fu**". The music is completely absent of choruses, and hooks. There aren't any jazzy or funky samples here either. The music is real spacey, futuristic and dense. Which is totally and completely anti-radio. But if you made it this far in the underground, you're probably used to that by now. Big Juss and El-P's lyrical flow is absolutely incredible. Their flows are bafflingly impenetrable, with well written lyrics that will eke their way into your mind. This is just one of those records where every track is complete gold, so I won't waste your time listing standout tracks. And although the music is very dense and futuristic, the actual beats and cuts are very minimal. The feel and mood of the music is what's reminiscent of El-P's solo work, "Fantastic Damage". That album just pushed the envelope much, much further. The music on Co Flow usually doesn't deviate from a single loop or two. Don't let that discourage you though, a lot of groundbreaking artists have minimal beats, such as BDP.

    Overall, I think "Funcrusher Plus" is very similar to Boogie Down Productions' debut album from 1987, "Criminal Minded". Not because they sound similar (they don't really), but because they presented a completely new approach to hip-hop. They were so totally original upon their release dates, and shined light on an otherwise ignored, and untouched area of experimentalism in rap music. These two albums really show that their is more that you can do with a hip-hop record. Their are few visionaries in music like KRS-One, and El-P is the closest I've seen in several years. It's almost sad that their are only 13 reviews for this album since it's release in 1997. That just means that even a lot of underground hip-hop lovers have yet to discover the magic of Company Flow. I implore you to change this. Buy this album, listen to it, and don't stop until you get it. It's truly one of the most satisfying listens you'll get from a group of true hip-hop visionaries....more info
  • 1 Star?
    Whoever the guy is that gave this album 1 star is clueless.
    "Independant does not make you good. Underground does not make you good. Different does not make you good." Quite a vague statement... Independant doesn't necessarily make you good, but it certainly is commendable, especially something as groundbreaking as Funcrusher Plus. Company Flow summed up what "Underground" hip-hop is all about; raw lyricism, gritty beats, and a f@#k you attitude. Some believe that "Underground" or "Alternative" hip-hop stays true to the hip-hop culture's basic principals and methods... I am one of those people. This album came out in the height of P. Diddy's reign over the music industry, starting Rawkus Records'debut, which in a big way made independent artists more likely to be heard. Different does make you good. Different sets you apart from everyone else, especially the commercial garbage that was and has been dominating the "hip-hop" scene since 1997. El-P has made some of the nastiest, dirtiest, and influential beats since "Enter the 36 Chambers." The Deltron 3030 album and MF Doom's material is very good, but it doesn't compare to this album's contribution to the resurgence of the true hip-hop culture. Battle rhymers? Isn't that the cornerstone of MCing? The ignorance this person posesses when it comes to hip-hop is astonishing! Buy this album.You won't regret it. ...more info
  • The album that revolutionnized hip-hop : a masterpiece !
    What can I possibly about Company flow that hasn't been said before ?

    This album is easely hailed as one of the greatest released in modern hip-hop and it's not hard to figure out why.

    A mindblowing, harsh and intense release as it is filled with intricated beats, crisp production provided by Len & El-p it is truly a fascinating journey into experimentation and underground idiosyncracies.

    Baring similarities with Kool Keith in terms of aestethics, the difference is Co Flow has an incridible edge on production with no beats to be recognized as it is simply an awesome endeavor of creativity.

    Intense, aggressive & dense when feel for beating up someone put the music it unleashes pain,toughness and so does the rhymes...

    A breatheaking release as crucial as Wu-Tang or PE !!...more info

  • A little too artistic for its own good
    Company Flow's 1997 debut "Funcrusher Plus" is a landmark album in a number of ways. It was the first release from the influential Rawkus Records, it introduced three men who would soon be forces in underground hip hop, and it opened the door for a new wave of alternative rap. Rapper Big Juss, MC/producer El-P, and DJ Mr. Len are an artistic group that made forward-thinking hip hop. "Funcrusher Plus" is an interesting album, a collection of music recorded over a four-year period. Both rappers are impressive, delivering a mix of abstract battle rhymes and futuristic stories and imagery. Some of the songs profile an apocalyptic future of robots and corruption. Big Juss and El-P are talented rappers, and they have funny punchlines, clever pop culture references, and very creative lyrical concepts.

    My problem with "Funcrusher Plus" is that, in their effort to be "independent as f---," Co-Flow sacrifices a certain level of appeal, coming across to this reviewer as too artistic for its own good. El-P is a good producer, but most of his beats here are sparse, rigid, and mechanical. The songs are unstructured and most don't have hooks, and for the most part, the album tries to be so experimental that it borders on inaccessible. In fact, the best songs, "Vital Nerve" and "Krazy Kings," have a more conventional song structure without sacrificing the futuristic sound and conceptual lyrics. These songs are especially impressive from an artistic level, and they are also fun rap songs to listen to. Other highlights include "8 Steps to Perfection" and the interludes "Lune TNS" and "89.9 Detrimental."

    I love underground hip hop, and I appreciate "Funcrusher Plus" as a triumph in hip hop as an art. They did something unlike anything else and pushed the boundaries of the genre where they hadn't been pushed before. But, however great a piece of art "Funcrusher Plus" is, that doesn't necessarily make it fun to listen to all the time. It's far too long for a comprehensive listen, and is at times tedious.

    "Funcrusher Plus" is impressive artistically, but in my opinion, that doesn't make it totally enjoyable. While there are some really great songs and El-P and Big Juss turn in some great performances, the disc lacks the musical and structural appeal of a great rap LP. Other hip hop concept albums with a similar futuristic concept, such as The Future Is Now, Deltron 3030, and Dr. Octagonecologyst, are abstractly creative and experimental, but are also really fun to listen to. "Funcrusher Plus" is definitely a good album from that aspect, but if looking for an album of that nature, I'd recommend the previously mentioned before this one....more info
  • I'm convinced Mc's are sending robots back in time to kill my mother before I was born.
    My path to this album was circuitous, first getting into the Mush/Dirty Loops crowd from Anticon, then from Mush into Aesop Rock, then from Aes to Def Jux, from Def Jux to El-P and finally to Co Flow, and listening to the album when I did, after hearing so much other indie and underground sound, I am convinced that Funcrusher is probably THE most influential album in modern hiphop. I was walking home from the local record store with my headphones on thinking "where have I heard this before?" This does not diminish the album in the slightest, it's the most copied, borrowed from, stolen from, used, abused and referred to album of the last ten years and it's still one of the best. Go get it, if you don't my trained army of elite ninja weasels will sneak into your bedroom while you sleep and chew upon parts of you that you would rather not have chewed upon. You have until the count of three......more info
  • instant classic
    what else is there to say? this cd is an absolute classic. since its release in '97, it continues to blow my mind to this day....more info
  • BOOOOOORING!!
    Independant does not make you good. Underground does not make you good. Different does not make you good. Something has happened between the golden age of rap and now where there are two extremes. The ultra gangsta and the pseudo intelligent/lyrical. In the golden era, every rapper was distinguishable by voice, cadence, and delivery. Company flow is just another group of battle rappers with nothing but lame punchlines and boring as hell beats. There is nothing innovative about this album. Just because it was different at the time of its release does not make it great. If you want innovative rap that actually has a personality peep DELTRON 3030 with Del and Dan the Automator and anything by MF Doom. They are the truth. This is just some... hell I don't know what to call it but a cure for insomnia....more info
  • 8 Steps To Perfection...Managed To Complete All, Form An Octagon (5 Stars)
    Company Flow's (El-Producto, Big Juss, and DJ Mr. Len aka Space Ghost) debut album Funcrusher Plus has pushed the boundaries of hip hop during the mid 90's era, managed to complete 8 out of the 8 steps to their perfection:

    1)Independant As F**k, couldn't have been said better, because it seems like today (and back then), the majority of independant hip hop albums seems to be the best.

    2)As a group, you'll enjoy of the lyrics that El-P and Big Juss puts together on a song. "Bad Touch Example" is a good song to get the vibe of what the entire CD is going to be like. "Eight Steps To Perfection" would have lyrical content to the song. "Population Control" is one of their best songs that they have made.

    3)El-P manages to carry his weight when it comes to lyrics. Listen to the story telling "Last Good Sleep", or the freestyle "89.9 Detrimental"(even though some of the lyrics will be recycled), and you'll see what I'm talking about.

    4)Big Juss can also hold himself too. With some solo joints also, such as "Lune TNS" for all you hip hop heads who remember the 1980's days of grafiti tagging. "Krazy Kings" is a nice song also.

    5)DJ Mr. Len aka Space Ghost, may not be the best DJ out there, but he can do his thing. "Funcrush Scratch" and "Lencorism" is where he'll get his solo scraches to show his talents.

    6)Guest Apparences are nice also. The Juggaknots, a group I never heard of, appear on the cut "The Fire In Which You Will Burn" which I'm pretty sure that you will like. Also one of the members, J-Treds, appears on "Collude/Intrude". A guy named BMS will appear on "Vital Nerve".

    7)Creative skits (well I wouldn't call them skits, but interludes) are pretty nice too. Listen to the intro to "Bad Touch Example" and "Help Wanted". They may not be songs, but they wont let you down.

    8) Production. If you read this review earlier, you know I wasn't too fond of El-P's production. But after listening to this a few more times and his solo Fantastic Damage, I realized that he could be one of the most creative behind the boards. It me, I spoke too soon, and it was all an aquired taste.
    This is a wonderful CD for hip hop heads and fans of Rawkus Records. Independantly released, it may never get the respect that it deserves, probably because no one listens to hard banging hip hop these days. Highly recommended for those who only listens to hip hop commercially and is looking for a detour.

    Standout tracks: Bad Touch Example, 8 Steps To Perfection, Population Control, 89.9 Detrimental, Krazy Kings, In The Fire In Which You Burn....more info
  • Skull-crushing beats
    About as far away from "Big Willie" Will Smith-style hip-hop (if you can call what he does that). Co Flow are dark, intense and not immediately danceable. What is immediately obvious though is that they possess diabolically inventive minds, both in terms of the lyrical concent and the range of beats and samples they use. The whole album is beautiful in the way the cinematography in The Crow is beautiful - brooding and malevolent, almost gothic. Certainly a change, both stylistically and lyrically from the mainstream hip-hop market, and all the better for it....more info
  • GREAT
    THIS REAL HIP-HOP, MAKE U SNAP YOUR NECK.......IF U DONT HAVE THIS, THEN YOUR LOST....more info
  • PURE CHEWIN SATISFATION!!!
    YO PEEP IT, I HAD THIS ALBUM ON LP I'D SAY SINCE ABOUT 97' OR SO, AND IM STILL WHILIN! EL PRODUCTO AND HIS CATS ARE DEFINETLY ONES NOT TO SLEEP ON! SEE FER YERSELF, NO DOUBT A WINNER! FROM JC THE CAPITAL OF CHILL--THIS IS THE CRILL SAYIN THIS ALBUM'S THE ISH!...more info
  • In Bizzare World, CoFlow is new pop sensation
    For anyone who thirsts for mind-bending metaphors and abstract lyricism seasoned over violent beats; cop this. Company Flow incorperate every aspect of the culture into their music. This is a representation of hip hop in its purest form. For any further commentary, e-mail me. I love to talk hip hop....more info
  • "...more dusty than digital!" --El-P
    Company Flow--original hip-hop, way ahead of its time, yet packs an old-school punch. El-P, Big Juss, and DJ Mr. Len represent hip-hop the way it was meant to be. Innovative beats+ingenious lyrics=Company Flow. This whole album is so insane it doesn't leave my cd changer, ever. "Even when I say nothing it's a beautiful use of negative space!" --El-Producto...more info
  • Dope
    This CD is wicked dope and should be in any real hip-hop fans cd player. They have some dope beats, but the real attraction of this cd is the lyrics and the way this group keeps it real....more info
  • THIS IZ HOW ITZ SUPPOSED 2 BE (RAPPAZ)!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PEACE 2 EL-PRODUCTO, BIG JUSS AND SPACE GHOST. I FEEL SORRY 4 EVERYONE WHO HAVEN'T HEARD THIS ONE! ALL DEEZ COMMERCIALIZED, BOOTY M.C. RAPPER GUYZ ON DA AIRWAVEZ NEED 2 TAKE SOME LESSONZ. HIP-HOPPAZ NEED 2 TOTE THIS LYRICAL BLESSIN WITH NO SECOND GUESSIN. I BOUGHT THIS ALBUM BACK IN EARLY 98 FROM HEARIN "8 STEPS TO PERFECTION" ON SOUNDBOMBING (WHICH I BELIEVE IZ A CLASSIC COMPILATION ALBUM ). BUTTERZ!!!!! NO DOUBT IT WUZ MY FAVORITE ALBUM AT DA TIME, AND IT STILL STAYZ IN MY ROTATION. NOBODY CAN MATCH DA SOUND OF COMPANY FLOW!!! UNLIKE MOST ARTIST, ( NOT MENTIONING ANY NAMEZ 'CAUSE I MIGHT MAKE SOMEONE READING THIS MAD) THEY HAVE THEIR OWN STYLE AND RHYME PATTERN. EVERYTIME I LISTEN 2 THIS ALBUM I HEAR A NEW HIP-HOP QUOTABLE. AND DA BEATZ?!!!!!!!! ALL I CAN SAY IZ THEY ARE F@%*ING GENIUSES!!!!! OH YEAH, BIG SHOUT 2 MY MAN BREEZLY FROM DA JUGGANOTZ. HE RIPPED IT. CHECK HIM ON PRINCE PAUL'S NEW JOINT. CAN'T WAIT 4 DA NEXT ONE. IF YOUR TIRED AZ $#!T OF RAP LIKE I AM, BUY THAT GOOD COMPANY FLOW ALBUM. ON BEHALF OF DA COMMONFILTH OF VA, AND 2 MY TRUE HIP-HOP HEADZ WHO AIN'T HEARD IT YET......YOUR SLOW! CATCH UP! BUY IT NOW!!!!!!! WON LOVE....more info
  • CoFlow is untouchable
    There's nothing I can say about this record other than definitive. This is what the underground should be. Bigg Jus, EL-P, and Mr. Len created the best hip hop record of all time with Funcrusher Plus....more info
  • Underground classic !
    First of all, if I hear one more ignorant fool refer to Co Flow as backpacker hip-hop I swear I'm going to freak out. This album is straight up underground hip hop at its finest. This isn't some suburbanite bs. This is New York underground at the peak of the late nineties wave...props to Bobbito and 89.9. And for all of you kids who got into underground hip hop sometime after 1996, let me just break this to you: this album is responsible for all of it. Not necessarily the music mind you, but the opening of the doors for all those who would come to follow. Co Flow were the first group on Rawkus. Despite whatever problems one may have with rawkus now, they released some of the finest underground hip hop of the era. Cop the first Soundbombing to get a picture. (I have all the original 12''s that make up this compilation and I have to say that evil dee's mixing and voice overs get a little annoying on the cd version-though I am a big Black Moon fan). Mos Def, Kweli, Co Flow, Menelik, come on people. The lyrics on Funcrusher are amazing. Co Flow were intelligent and abstract without being pretentious. They were often on some battle-rhyme tip, but delivered so well. (...) On Funcrusher, Juss and El-P deliver some of the best rhymes I've ever heard. And while El-P comes correct I still think Juss steals the show on this record. His flow is just flawless. If you don't understand hip hop culture alot of this stuff will just fly over your head. Take Lune TNS, for example. Basically, the song is one gigantic shout out to many of the classic graff writers who influenced Juss. As he states at the end of the track "for those of you who don't understand this wasn't made for you.." Or dropping "super duty tough work" on end to end burners(not on this album)- refer to the recently re-released Style Wars dvd for this one. The beats plus Len and EL-P's production are also top notch. This is really a must for any hip hop fan. Seriously, if you just started listening to hip hop because some friend of yours turned you on to Aesop Rock or Sage Francis a few years ago, do not sleep on this record. And after you've heard it, do us all a favor and pick up an old record by Gangstaar, Souls of Mischief, and De La Soul, just to get a little perspective. Atmosphere and all that stuff is good for what it is, but if you haven't heard Main Source or Organized Konfusion you're sleeping. In my mind Funcrusher is like the perfect middle ground or segway for Def Jux, Rhymesayers, etc. It was, first and foremost, completely ahead of its time. It was abstract minus the pitfalls of wierdo-rap, intelligent yet still straight up hip hop. All the while transcending alot of the perennial elements that can make straight up hip hop, well boring. Yes EL-P and Juss will let you know that they're the bomb perhaps one too many time, but no smack my b**ch up, gun slinging, juvenille nonsense. I first heard this record when a friend of mine got a crappy tape copy of it and we jammed this album 24-7. It took me a whole year to finally find a cd or a vinyl copy of it (I'm not from New york). For a while there I honestly thought I was never going to find it. Take advantage of how readily accesible this cd is now and cop it, you won't regret it. It stands as a testament to this group that they only released one album (not counting the instrumental album) and were able to make such an impact....more info
  • Implauzably Amazzin
    I am Elp's father. I have listed to this album dozens of times. I don't understand a word of it. That's great! Please buy this cd. My son needs the money to buy his cat an air conditioner....more info
  • ...got in color contacts, but they better realize...
    serious contender for _best hip hop record of all time_. that's a grandiose statement, but it's no joke. go ahead and buy it now or be a chump for a little longer if you want.

    the more i listen to el-p's beats here, the more amazed i am. way better than any of his other (also pretty amazing) stuff. these guys (big jus, el-p, & mr. len) drop pop culture references that will knock you out of your chair left and right ("you couldn hang if you was bit by a radioactive spider") but it never comes off as gimmicky. really - one of my favorite albums ever. definitely going to the desert island with me when my time comes....more info

  • 8 Steps To Perfection
    1.THIS ALBUM IS PURE 100% HIP HOP CLASSIC!!
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  • BUY THIS
    YOUR READING THIS BECAUSE YOUR DECIDING.........DONT JUST CLICK AND BECOME REAL HIP-HOP AGAIN HURRY YOUR WASTING TIME....more info
  • owned.
    why are you ever reading a review about this album? Stop sleeping under rocks! This is hip-hop at its rawest, makes me feel like i got hit in the face with a brick everytime i listen to my copy....more info
  • A little too artistic for its own good
    Company Flow's 1997 debut "Funcrusher Plus" is a landmark album in a number of ways. It was the first release from the influential Rawkus Records, it introduced three men who would soon be forces in underground hip hop, and it opened the door for a new wave of alternative rap. Rapper Big Juss, MC/producer El-P, and DJ Mr. Len are an artistic group that made forward-thinking hip hop. "Funcrusher Plus" is an interesting album, a collection of music recorded over a four-year period. Both rappers are impressive, delivering a mix of abstract battle rhymes and futuristic stories and imagery. Some of the songs profile an apocalyptic future of robots and corruption. Big Juss and El-P are talented rappers, and they have funny punchlines, clever pop culture references, and very creative lyrical concepts.

    My problem with "Funcrusher Plus" is that, in their effort to be "independent as f---," Co-Flow sacrifices a certain level of appeal, coming across to this reviewer as too artistic for its own good. El-P is a good producer, but most of his beats here are sparse, rigid, and mechanical. The songs are unstructured and most don't have hooks, and for the most part, the album tries to be so experimental that it borders on inaccessible. In fact, the best songs, "Vital Nerve" and "Krazy Kings," have a more conventional song structure without sacrificing the futuristic sound and conceptual lyrics. These songs are especially impressive from an artistic level, and they are also fun rap songs to listen to. Other highlights include "8 Steps to Perfection" and the interludes "Lune TNS" and "89.9 Detrimental."

    I love underground hip hop, and I appreciate "Funcrusher Plus" as a triumph in hip hop as an art. They did something unlike anything else and pushed the boundaries of the genre where they hadn't been pushed before. But, however great a piece of art "Funcrusher Plus" is, that doesn't necessarily make it fun to listen to all the time. It's far too long for a comprehensive listen, and is at times tedious.

    "Funcrusher Plus" is impressive artistically, but in my opinion, that doesn't make it totally enjoyable. While there are some really great songs and El-P and Big Juss turn in some great performances, the disc lacks the musical and structural appeal of a great rap LP. Other hip hop concept albums with a similar futuristic concept, such as The Future Is Now, Deltron 3030, and Dr. Octagonecologyst, are abstractly creative and experimental, but are also really fun to listen to. "Funcrusher Plus" is definitely a good album from that aspect, but if looking for an album of that nature, I'd recommend the previously mentioned before this one....more info
  • One of the greatest
    Possibly the greatest rap album, Company Flow are spot on here. El-P is simply AMAZING. There is not one track here short of a classic. This is no commercial crap, or else it couldnt be a classic. The beats are better than any commercial poppy beats. This is as underground as they come and so original. Best track here has to be Lune TNS. I once listened to that over 10 times over and afterwards i was not sick of it. The beat is OFF THE HOOK and Bigg Jus is INCREDIBLE. Too good for words to explain. Other favorites are 8 Steps To Perfection, Population Control, Collude/Intrude, Vital Nerve, heck i could list the whole lot. Just get this album right away if you havent already (for whatever crazy reason). This will blow you will, nothing is as good as this....more info
  • possibly best ever?????
    If Company Flow's cauterising album is not on a par with PE's 'Takes a nation...' then there must be some incredible peice of work out there that I still have not heard. Eight Steps to Perfection could well be the most inspired hip-hop track I've yet to hear, its laid back acid tripped beat at odds with the urgency of Mc genius's El.Producto and Big Juss's epic flow. So in tune with the principles of its own sub-genre, Fun + is even in competition with itself, as every new track vies for the best on the whole Album. There is not a bleep of any track that could be called whac here!!! For those used to the P diddy nonsense they might find it a hard sell, but this is a work of art, as human and moving and insightfull as any other method of creativity this century. CF raised the level, and still the rest of the game takes its time in catching up. Check out the Def Jux label for whats happening next!...more info

 

 
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