Insane Poetry Grim Reality

Pros: Heavy beats and Graphic lyrics bleed off of this album.

Cons: increasingly difficult to acquire at the list price if bought new.

If you want to hear rap from the good old days and like grizzly lyrics with hard beats this is for you.

When I think of Hip Hop, RUN-DMC, Flava Flav and Slick Rick are who come to mind. When I think of Gangsta Rap no other then Dr. Dre and the Death Row Entertainment artists jar my memory. But no other Rap Clique in history brings death to the forefront like INSANE POETRY. Comprised of group members Psycho-The Angel Of Death, EnDee- The Pimp of Darkness (Mad Dog), DJ Streek- The Crossfade Beast and introducing members known as The NIGHTBREED featuring, Death BLO, Shakespeare, DJ. Curse, Hex and Redrumm.

The album GRIM REALITY jumps off with the song Angel Of Death introducing the lead rapper Psycho and follows with a trademark song called How Ya Gonna Reason With A Psycho and is featured in a music video on the shockumentry, Facez of Death 2000 Vol.1. Every track is packed with dark themes and grizzly lyrics that feature songs about rape, murder, suicide and bloody deaths. Grim Reality is divided into two parts; The Grim Side which includes 8 tracks of the groups sickest fantasies about death, the devil and anything else to make you just cringe. Take track selections like Choppin Up A Body for instance where we hear Psycho hacking away at fresh bodies with an axe and getting more excited and aggressive while leading into the next song where enthusiastically he tell us his urges to murder and dig up fresh graves in the track If Rhymes Could Kill. The Grim Side concludes with Insane Poetry and The Nightbreed in n a friendly rap off exchange of equally dark deeds and desires in a track entitled Stalkin With The Nitebreed..

The Reality Side which also includes 8 tracks of the most relevant current events. Current for 1992 at least, with songs like One Careless Moment where the Angel Of Death describes his encounter with a beautiful female he met at a night club and ends up having a one night stand with her. The classic insults to females; as is popular in rap music permeates the song and ends with a shocking message written in red lipstick on his bathroom mirror: “Welcome to the world of Aids!” May have you simply saying “dang”. Next on the list to be mentioned is my personal favorite; a song called Manic Depressive. In this track we hear how Psycho loses his minimum wage job at a burger joint and goes home to find an eviction notice on the door of his apt. This sends Psycho into a drug induced state where he literally goes “postal” killing his landlord then entering the Burger Pit and shooting everyone in sight before turning the chrome gat onto his own head. Two more songs should be mentioned for their graphic portrayal in lyrics and in sound effects: The songs Till Death Do Us Part where Psychos insane jealousy has caused him to murder his own girlfriend in a Domestic Violence case. In the song called Raising The Devil we hear Psycho as a small child being beaten by his own father. We can all probably guess or assume the outcome; killing of your parents which was relevant to the song and of that time.

The music did have me Be-Bopping around the house and a few times in the car but Grim Reality came out before the 808 bass tone and has more of a thump thump instead of a boom boom sound. This works better thru 10 inch woofers than 15’s or 20 inch speakers as the bass tones translate much like the older NWA albums sounded upon their release. Grim Reality is still a hard hitting album that should not be missed by hard core Rap Fans. The lyrics are dark yes, but the beats and rap techniques are at their peak in the rap game. At the end of the album Psycho has a message to share:

“Now as we exit the reality side, I have to pose a question to each and every one of you. How far are we away from the Grim Side? Listen to my reality; it is your reality. The Grim Side is just a statement from a serial killer; a fiction statement. The reality side… Pure reality. We need to pay attention, because this s… goes on for real. This is 1992; Insane Poetry is in this M….. F….., and things aint getting no M….. F….’n better. Everybody better wake up, and ah one more question I have to ask every one of you. How are you… gonna reason with a psycho?”

The Grim Side Tracks:

*1) Welcome To The Grim Side.
*2) Angel Of Death.
*3) How Ya Gonna Reason With A Psycho.
*4) The House That Dripped Blood.
*5) Choppin Up A Body.
*6) If Rhymes Could Kill.
*7) Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter.
*8) Stalkin With The Nitebreed.

The Reality Side Tracks:

*9) The Horror Facts.
*10) Grim Reality.
*11) Six In The Chamber.
*12) Till Death Do Us Part.
*13) One Careless Moment.
*14) Raise The Devil.
*15) Manic Depressive.
*16) Exit Reality Side.

Bonus CD Track:

*17) How Ya Gonna Reason With A Psycho (Psycho Mix.)

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