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DJ FORMAT – The Hit Song

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DJ FORMAT – The Hit Song

In which yet another one of those incessant stream of turntablists hooks up with a lousy no mark MC to make a hip-hop record. DJ Format is a UK turntablist, for which read someone who wants to be in hip-hop but realised a long time ago that there are no decent rappers in Brighton – let alone the UK. So of course he went alone with his wicky-wicky noises and roped in the best solo rap artists he could find.

He really shouldn’t have started looking in Canada.

Abdominal, who raps on The Hit Song, fits his name only in as much as he raps just about as well as Abs from Five would. But that’s okay, since this is an “intelligent” rap record. We can tell this by using the Tanya Headon patented undie rap intelligence test:
a) There is no swearing
b) The subject matter is either needlessly obscure or utterly irrelevant
c) Simple concepts are laboured over in an effort to prove how clever it is
d) It goes on far too long
e) It is crap.

The Hit Song hits (apologies) all of these criteria with bags of self referentiality to spare. Y’see the point of the Hit Song – as belaboured over in the chorus – is that DJ Format rings up his mate Abdominal because they need to record a hit record. Possibly also because he has no mates in the UK. Why he has chosen a lousy rapper like Abdominal to make this hit record with it is unclear, he certainly doesn’t display any skills which would make this look like a probably outcome. Rather than a song about how bling he is, or how he shags loads of girls, or even how badass he is – Abdominal decides to take another tack. He combines the favourite topic of US comedians playing in the UK (what happened on their flight over) with a linguistic examination of what exactly the word hit means.

He picks up the meaning which a boxer would be most acquainted with, he is even au fait with the Mafia meaning. Nowhere in his illustration of meaning, metaphors and examples does he ever grasp what it is to have an actual HIT RECORD. You know, good lyrics and a tune. Instead he says the word hit so many times the it ends up having as little meaning to the listener as it obviously does to DJ Format.

(This piece was brought to you by the word HIT: which has occurred 10 times – one for each of the belts in the chops that DJ Format is going to get when I see him next.)


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    wrybread on 17 Aug 2006 #

    I completely disagree with you about this song. One of the most clever raps I’ve heard in a long time, totally original, fantastically in the groove, although there’s an obvious debt to J5 in the chorus, but to me that’s a good thing.

    Would you prefer it was generic gansta rap?

    And the video is great too, it’s on youtube as of August 2006.

    Its a shame your review is one of the first hits for this song when you search on google, as I did looking for more info about these guys.

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    paul on 13 Apr 2008 #

    im interested in your opinion of music in general since much of it appeal’s on a very base level. that being either the incestuous, nerd-like nature of music culture in general and the falseness of profiteering through selling dreams to people who are so shallow they seek reassurance from the fact that if they like it, someone else must like it too and so they are not alone.

    however, having listened to rap since its early day’s i can say, with experience on my side, that this IS a good example. also that what you hear on the record (wether you like it or not and that is simply opinion and nothing more) can be done live to great effect and with hardly any difference to the original….

    how many artist’s can say that?

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    paul on 14 Apr 2008 #

    by the way, who the fuck is tanya headon anyway?

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