City Morgue - 66Slavs - Song Review - Dark Gangster Rap from New York City, USA

City Morgue - 66Slavs - Song Review - Dark Gangster Rap from New York City, USA
City Morgue - 66Slavs - Song Review - Dark Gangster Rap from New York City, USA

Today, we are honored to feature City Morgue, a promising duo in the realm of dark gangster rap, hailing from New York City. Their latest release, '66Slavs,' embodies their distinctive character, style, and storytelling prowess.

ZillaKami x SosMula - 66SLAVS (Official Video). Credits: Directed by: @righteousp. Shot by: @wayting2die. Edited by: @illview. Music video by City Morgue performing 66SLAVS. Hikari Ultra; © 2019 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

City Morgue caught my attention with their latest song, '66Slavs,' featured on their 2019 release of the same title. Their music pays homage to the pioneers of the '80s and '90s, including iconic names such as Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, and Limp Bizkit. These trailblazers have inspired countless individuals worldwide with their innovative music. City Morgue stands out by skillfully combining rock/metal and rap/hip-hop elements, creating a unique fusion.

Music is an ever-evolving art form, reflecting our changing views, opinions, preferences, and understanding of the world. While this particular genre may not be my personal favorite, I occasionally explore the music videos of leading rappers to gain insight into the limitless boundaries of the music industry. City Morgue has carved a distinctive niche/style that remains fresh and captivating. Rather than following a well-trodden path or heavily relying on influences, they merge satanic figures and dark elements from black metal with the dynamics and atmosphere of street/gangster hip-hop.

Musically, '66Slavs' predominantly embraces mainstream elements, with only a few power chords played by a distorted electric guitar serving as the underlying structure. Upon closer examination of the composition, I noticed that the song revolves around two main ideas, presenting an easy-going nature and infectious mainstream hooks.

The music video boasts a unique style, particularly in its brutal and gory scenes. I appreciated the quality of the filming and production, as there is always something to learn from such endeavors. However, there are a few minor details that raised questions. The inclusion of satanic figures/elements seemed contradictory, considering the strong religious beliefs often associated with the Hip Hop/Rap culture. Although this song may touch on satanic themes, the actual message behind it remains somewhat elusive. Furthermore, there appears to be a disconnect between the introductory scene of the video and the subsequent storyline, giving a misleading impression of what is to come.

City Morgue, ZillaKami x SosMula, press photo. Credit: Unknown

Technically, '66Slavs' exhibits above-average standards. The song successfully captures and conveys its intended feeling, captivating listeners from the outset. The vocals, a crucial element, are expertly produced, creating a dark and tense atmosphere that demands full attention.

Nevertheless, there are some notable issues with the general sound balancing. It seems that City Morgue purposefully experimented, aiming to surpass the norm both in the video production and the song itself. Their instrument choices exhibit specific preferences. For instance, it would be advisable for them to utilize real drums instead of the current drum software, which lacks the desired quality. While they may be striving to pioneer a new sound, it is crucial to prioritize sound quality, regardless of the genre. Simply put, sounding good surpasses everything else. Taking these aspects into consideration, City Morgue undoubtedly showcases potential with '66Slavs.' We applaud their commitment to exploring new territories in the music world and genuinely respect their artistic endeavors.

Please feel free to explore the links below to learn more about the band, follow City Morgue on social media, and subscribe to their channels to show your support and stay updated on their upcoming releases.

City Morgue, ZillaKami x SosMula, press photo. Credit: Unknown

In conclusion, the Metalhead Community Team congratulates City Morgue for their bold work on '66Slavs' and extends our best wishes for their future endeavors.

City Morgue, 66Slavs (2019) single front cover artwork. Art credit: unknown