Pitch Black

By Stephanie Shewchuk

In desperate need to educate myself about Pitch Black, I stumbled on an online interview with the band. The five members defined Pitch Black Law as “everything a man represents,” “struggles” and “integrity in the music.” Being about as far from a struggling, black, male musician from the streets as you can get, I found it difficult to identify with this recording.

Pitch Black does nothing to set themselves apart from other similarly styled groups. Rapping about "bitches," "tapping that ass" and "ice," the insipid lyrics sadly extend to all 13 tracks. Guest spots from mildly amusing artists like Busta Rhymes and Foxy Brown can’t even save this CD from total banality.

The worst thing about this album isn’t even the contrived lyrics typical of the rap genre; it was the surprising lack of a decent beat. If there’s anything I’ve come to expect from hip hop artists, it’s catchy, pulsating rhythms. Pitch Black Law provides uninteresting beats that seemingly cycle on into eternity.

Unfortunately, Pitch Black adheres in every way to the stereotype of uninspired mainstream rap. The only encouraging thing about this album remains the fact that Pitch Black Law is the group’s primary effort. I can only hope successive albums will improve on Pitch Black’s initial creation.

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