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Ruthless band considered noise

December 7, 2006

So as I sat around this weekend pondering what new music to review, a few groups crossed my mind.

First of all, I contemplated the ever-so-catchy and tempting Black Eyed Peas star, Fergie. Then I came to my senses and realized I would rather not sicken myself with the sheer stupidity of her music.

So I turned to my wonderful colleagues within the Student Voice staff for suggestions.

Someone tipped me off to a group whose producer is actually a UW-River Falls alumnus.

Ruthless’ most recent album, “Strawberry,” was released Nov. 21.

It’s a group from Loonatix productions -- calling themselves the very interesting, yet borderline ridiculous name Ruthless with an album called Strawberry.

At first, I had no idea what to expect. That is, until I noticed the label’s name -- Loonatix productions -- and I knew I was in for something. I just didn’t know what that something was.

Apparently the label is one of underground hip-hop and alternative. But to me, it’s absolutely brainless. Ruthless’s album, Strawberry,  which hit local stores Nov. 21, can only be described as a talentless mess of dim-witted lyrics performed by a slew of ridiculously named individuals who actually think they possess musical talent.

Please, refrain me from mutilating my eardrums with a plastic spork!

The artists are named Phatty McGee, Professor Fresh, Rentz, The District and Just Smoke. Is this seriously a great joke in the music world? Because I couldn’t help but laugh uncontrollably.

While driving in my car, I thought I would bump it within the company of close friends. Big mistake. No one should suffer from the ridiculousness and repulsiveness that Loonatix Productions puts on.

Sure, murder rap -- or gangsta rap -- is one thing, but to mock Insane Clown Posse and completely fail at it is a sheer cry for help. Yes, Insane Clown Posse had its run, but in now way, shape or form should Ruthless should be considered music. It’s an unnecessary nuisance in the music world.

With track names like, “Rotten,” “Thick,” “Just Smoke Lives,” “Ripe” and “Bear vs. Gorilla,” you should ask yourself: What could possess someone to think of such preposterous titles as these? In my wildest dreams, I could not envision myself destroying my intelligent quotient with this ruckus.  I would never recommend anything like this to anyone. Trust me, this is not hip-hop, rap or alternative. It’s noise — end of story.

I warn you before you drop this into any CD player, be prepared to roll on the floor with uncontrollable laughter.

Erik Wood is a student at UW-River Falls.