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All tracks produced by Whiteboy for Whiteboyz Noize, Inc. and Rev Run. The first single 'Mind On The Road' to be featured in Madden 2006. Rev Run to star in MTV Show, "Run's House" - ala the Osbourne Family. The MTVseries, television's first hip hop reality sitcom, will capture the real-life drama and hysterical antics of Rev Run (Joey Simmons) of Run DMC, his wife and five children. Universal. 2005.

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Without trying to sound like I'm damning with faint praise, this is better than you'd think, especially given how poorly received the last Run DMC album (Crown Royal) was. With The Distortion, Rev Run does away with the pretense of keeping Run DMC alive and, instead, just focuses on what he's always been pretty good at: himself. True, Run hasn't really updated his flow since 1984--but all things considered, this album is surprisingly effective. It helps that the aggressive, thunderous beats backing Run go well with that rugged Hollis flow he's always been known for. Although The Distortion can't help but sound a little anachronistic, it also isn't trying too hard to be contemporary. Instead, it finds Run rapping over an efficient 9 tracks (the entire album clocks barely half an hour so it's literally a quick listen) with that puffed-chest bravado he's legendary for. Worth a listen--and it might surprise you. --Oliver Wang
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B000AOF9SY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Distortion is the debut solo LP from Rev. Run (Joseph Simmons), formerly one-third of pioneering rap trio Run-DMC.

The group had retired after the murder of DJ Jam Master Jay in 2002. Recently signing a new record deal with brother Russell Simmons' Def Jam-affiliated RSMG, the ordained minister and reality TV star seeks to start a new chapter in his career.

The LP opener, "I Used to Think I Was Run" is co-written by Detroit underground rapper Champtown. "Home Sweet Home" is Run's tribute to Jam Master Jay, sampling Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" not only for the rhythm track, but also leaving the older song's original chorus intact for the hook. It's a neat twist, but shouldn't it have been "Sweet Home Hollis, Queens?"

Lyrically, Run still raps as confidently as in his earlier days, and on songs like "The Way," he speaks with the acquired wisdom of an elder statesman of hip-hop: "Now I'm preachin for the people who ain't never gettin paid/ The suckers gettin' suckered who be slavin' for a wage/ The drug addicted brother cause he think he got it made/ Who never took a drug, but yet he needed to get paid/ I'm prayin' for the mother who just had a kid at 12/ Who gotta feed her baby, but can barely feed herself."

Bypassing Run-DMC's historical producers (Larry Smith, Davy D, Rick Rubin), Run nonetheless finds a solid collaborator in newcomer Whiteboy, who handles the entire album, merging heavy drum kicks with rock guitar licks.

Despite its positives, there is a slight downside to "Distortion." After listening to the LP, one major issue stands out - it's too short!
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Rev Run, a legend in the rap business, comes with his first solo album and he comes with a bang. Run brings hip-hop back to its originating old school sound with DISTORTION. Furthermore, vocally, he has the most unique voice in hip-hop today compared to how rappers rap these days...everything about him on this album is throwback, yet you can't help but to love how vintage DISTORTION sounds.

DISTORTION for the most part is a well rounded affair, yet it is way too short for its price and to be considered a full length album. At 23 minutes, you can't help but feel that the album is too short for its standard price of any other CD. However, for the most part, all of the songs are better average with the exception of the odd choice of sampling of "Sweet Home Alabama" on "Home Sweet Home", "Breaktime", and "Distortion". The best tracks are the lead single "Mind On The Road", The opening attention getter "I Use To Think I Was Run", "Boom Ditty", and "The Way". The other songs with the exclusion of the weaker above mentioned are good for the most part, if not stunning.

This album turns out ot be a decent listen that keeps the spirit of classic hip-hop alive. It won't sell perhaps like contemporary rap does, but it is a nice contribution to the rap of 2005. 3.5 stars.
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This is more of an EP than a full length album. 10 tracks (Amazon forgot to include the last track, Distortion) totalling just over 26 minutes. While I liked it, it is a bit short, and Rev Run doesn't really break or preach new ground. Every song samples the same old same old Run-DMC beat, samples, or lyrics. That's fine with me because I love Run DMC. This is far superior to to Run DMC's Crown Royal which using the moniker DMC was a joke, but take this as a Rev Run solo effort. It's fast paced, refreshingly old school, and sits well with the early Run DMC albums. Also, for a rapper to release something nowadays without a million other guest rappers or producers, it's consistent.
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Ok.. everyone has already pointed out that this is a short CD. So what?! Run is so old school, he just decided to make a CD that is barely a half an hour, yet FULL of hits, instead of doing what modern artists do, which is to make 18 minutes of good music and flesh it out with 50 minutes of utter garbage. This CD is knockin, from start to finish. This is the REVEREND folks, without RUN D.M.C. where would rap/hip hop be? Who knows. Anyways, the best thing I can say about Run is that he can make a CD that amps you up, makes you flip your volume to max, and yet it isn't about dope hos and cash flow.. his lyrics are so old school and original, and have you ready to bomb without even talking about anything violent. He can kick it harder than almost any rapper out now, and he's practically an old man. Give Run his props and buy this CD folks.
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The single, "Mind on the Road," is great. I expected more of the same, and, while the rest is okay, 23 minutes is a rip off, even at $7.99 on sale. I expected at least a full 40 minutes of great rock rap in the style of RUN DMC. Was Rev. Run in a hurry or did he just need some fast cash? Buy the single if you can.
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Former Run-DMC front man Rev Run has had a very big 2005. Sony Legacy recordings re-mastered and re-released four classic Run-DMC albums. Then his MTV series Run's House was a surprise smash hit. The show was picked up by MTV for a second season in record time. The reality show provided viewers with an inside glimpse into Rev Run's personal and professional life.

Distortion opens up with the old school flavored song "I Used To Think I Was Run." This song is followed up by the song "Home Sweet Home" which borrows a sample for the Lynard Skynard song "Sweet Home Alabama." "Boom Ditty" is another 80's flavored or Run-DMC sounding kind of song. "High and Mighty Joe" is another old school throwback song which utilizes chants during the chorus. The album's first single "Mind of the Road," is one of the highlights of the album and it kind of sounds like a Beastie Boys song. Another really good song on the album is "Take a Tour," but clocking in at just over 2 minutes the song is over way to quick.

Run's first solo album Distortion is ten songs deep, which is rather short for a hip-hop album. Although short in length, the album should please Run-DMC fans who have been waiting to hear Run on the mic again. The CD is so short it's almost like an EP or an album sampler. His musical style isn't very different than it was during Run-DMC's early days. Run is now a reverend, but this doesn't seem to have affected his music. The songs aren't very religious oriented, Run makes the same kind of feel good party hip-hop music that he and Run-DMC are known for. It's also one of those rare hip-hop albums that doesn't have a ton of features on it. Run rocks Distortion from start to finish. He shows these new rappers how things used to be when the star rapper actually carried his entire album. The CD includes bonus behind the scene material if you pop it into your CD player.
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