Sintax the Terrific & DJ Kurfu
Prince With A Thousand Enemies
We wrestled with this category more than any other category this year and even in years past. It was so difficult that we spread the debate across two different sessions. For each album listed we made a case for and against to see where each stood. A case could be made for any one of almost two dozen releases. At the end of our spirited debates, Prince With A Thousand Enemies was the one left standing.
There are no guest appearances on the album. One emcee and one producer. Everything fits together. Individual songs stand on their own and also are perfect pieces of the full album.
The concept of the album is loosely based around the Richard Adams novel “Watership Down.” The book is about… rabbits. Yup. For real? Yes. It’s all brilliantly executed however. Interweaving the story of the book with real world information and metaphor makes it heavily enjoyable. Many records fail at blending light hearted content with sobering subject matter, this album does not.
The entire presentation of the album musically and visually perfectly suit the effort. Extensive song background information is included and the album was even made available with a copy of the original book.
2011 was a year full of good albums and a few great ones. Prince With A Thousand Enemies is worth a long look to digest it’s brilliance.
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