Welcome to My Dream
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His moniker was from an incident involving Oral Roberts, (keep your smart remarks to yourself) a Pentecostal minister who once had a vision of a 900 foot tall Jesus giving him encouragement over fundraising efforts to build a medical center when donors were hard to find.
He (the rapper, not Oral Roberts) did like to sample but always laid a nice beat around it, <SOAPBOX>unlike Poof Dummy who calls copy&pasting a Led Zeppelin song into an incomprehensible rap "inventing the remix."</SOAPBOX> This is the second of from what I can tell are three albums (along with a lot of singles and remixes).
This album is really hard to describe. More techno than jazz, more jazz than modern Chemical Brothers flavor of techno. Maybe if the Prodigy had been a jazz combo with a sample box or if Moby liked jazz a little more.
The album ranges from nice atmospheric numbers like "Falling Elevators" to dark raps like "While the City Sleeps" and "The Killer Inside Me" to interesting, funny, but not really categorizable stuff like "Adventures in Failure".
I had a tape of this album but wore it out with repeated playing. I see there's a new mastered version coming out today (serendipity?), I will buy it, hopefully they have not Jackassified the dark lyrics. It's perfect music for those rainy summer days of indeterminate purpose or long drives, something to be listened to over headphones while staring out the window (for those who have that luxury).
Five stars. Check it out.
I was living in Boston and my friends and I would spend time browsing the RAP section at Tower records. Two of us picked up "Hell with the Lid Off". To this day, it still amazes me that the rap section is where this album ended up being classified.
This was also a time when true hip hop fans broke down and analyzed the beats, samples and lyrics. After the dissection was complete, my friends and I were all blown away at the complete uniqueness of the album. (I mean, really... who else was layering rough, killer hip hop beats under the incoherent ramblings of a mental patient?!)
I continued to follow the musical career of MC 900ft Jesus with the purchase of "Welcome to My Dream". The album begins with the Miles Davis influenced track "Falling Elevators". It's a song in which the lyrics are equally as haunting as the music. WARNING: Paranoid schizophrenics - avoid listening to this song for the first time while driving on the highway!
Next, the "Killer Inside Me" paints a vivid tail of a serial killer hunting his/her prey. The juxtaposition of this song right after, the spoken word, Elevators provides a great insight into the contrasting styles of this artist and made me wonder - was I listening to the music of a genius or a certifiable Lee Harvey Oswald-type?
My favorite track is the "City Sleeps". I recall living in NJ and listening to Howard Stern interview MC 900ft Jesus about this song, because it had generated a fair share of early 90's hysteria due to the story line of an arsonist on the prowl.Read more ›
He's got the vague angry-at-the world feeling of a Linkin Park or Eminem, beats that range from funky wah-wah to sinister electronic thumping, and funny storytelling in the form of absurdist rap. There are quite a few brilliant moments on the album, particularly the monologue on "Dali's Handgun."
All in all, this is a pretty fun and bizarre album that doesn't take itself too seriously, yet is still of great quality.
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Just as good as I remember. It's amazing how popular he has become now and how expensive these 20+ year old albums are now!Published on January 30, 2014 by James A Stone III
What a talented guy. Have his other work too. I can't really pick a fave of his but the songs Killer Inside Me and While the City Sleeps rock my world.Published on December 11, 2009 by Nikki Guerlain
The music runs from acid jazz inflections to trip-hop to Last Poets type congas and poetry breakdowns a la Dali's Handgun from which I took my title. Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by Chet Fakir
Unlike the dissonant and grating Hell With the Lid Off, this collection of songs is quirky, funky, catchy and strikes a deep resonance with the essence of cool. Read morePublished on December 31, 2006 by Cap'n Stoob
This album is a standout album showcasing Mark Griffith's ability to meld disparate styles of music into a distinct soundscape. Read morePublished on August 22, 2003
I was first introduced to MC 900 ft Jesus in my music class. We listened to "The City Sleeps", and as I listened to it wonderfully dark images came into my brain. Read morePublished on July 1, 2003 by Alex
I'm glad I didn't review this album immediately -- I was disappointed by my first listen through, but when I listened again, I was intrigued, and when I listened AGAIN, I was... Read morePublished on July 22, 2002 by SJR in Denver