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Scaring The Hoes brings together two of the biggest names in experimental Hip Hop. Both JPEGMafia and Danny Brown have spent the best part of the last decade releasing some of the most forward thinking, boundary pushing hip hop of the 21st century.

Whether it's Peggy's iconic Veteran, or Brown's career high Atrocity Exhibition, you have to admit that there are few artists in Hip Hop operating on the same level as these two. And…. Scaring The Hoes does not disappoint. Not one bit! From the off, Peggy and Brown chuck us in at the deep end, with a relentless eclecticism that reinforces just how aurally powerful Hip Hop of this ilk can be. The samples comes thick and fast, Peggy, who chairs proaction duties here is on fire throughout with blinding sonics, delivering frequent curveballs with mesmerising effects.

There's an extreme maximalism at play as the samples effortlessly and consistently bend, warp and mangle fleeting snippets of jazz, funk, soul, electronica, indie-rock, choral music and loads more. As we can come to expect, both Peggy and Brown are in unpredictable, fiery form, alternating between woozy drawl to auto-tune speak-sing to erratic, explosive yelps and hollers - either complimenting or jarringly off-setting the squalls of saxophone, crushing distorted blasts of guitar, booming sub-bass or plaintive keys theyre often accompanied by. Lyrically the pair of trailblazers are frequently humorous and frightening in equal measure.

Nothing seems to escape Peggy's mixer on Scaring The Hoes, and on Fentanyl Tester, Kelis' 2003 mega-hit Milkshake finds itself part of the hyperactive melee. On Steppa Pig, it is pop idols NSYNC* who find their vocals from 2001 track Gone sacrificed in the blender. Shut Yo Bitch Ass Up/Muddy Waters employs obnoxious, strobing synths in it's primal assault whereas following track Orange Juice Jones incorporates a brief sample from WWE superstar Edge's entrance theme, here rendered more ethereal, backed by sweet soul samples that are cut and looped in a style one may be more likely to associate with J Dilla's Donuts, or Madlib's beat tapes.

Kingdom Hearts Key is a real album standout in what really is a narcotic, psychedelic, time bending and shape shifting trip. Fusing the classic 70s funk of the Ohio Players and the Anime soundtrack J-Pop of Maaya Sakamoto, Peggy blurs the two into some sort of spiritual dream-pop engulfed in a hallucinogenic haze. There are sly digs at their contemporaries peppered throughout Scaring The Hoes, and whether it is Run The Jewels or Jack Harlow in the firing line, Peggy and Brown offer skits with sublime nonchalance and humour amid furious, high-speed chaos. Jack Harlow Combo Meal in particular is a highlight, here Brown displays his disdain for the Kentucky rapper's recent collaboration with KFC over the top jazzy keys and lightning quick rhythmic splices.

Scaring The Hoes is a truly uncompromising piece of work that takes a whole load of sonic risks, and while it might not work 100% the whole time, but it comes pretty damn close and it is undoubtably a thrilling ride. A journey that aims to encompass and distort that which is hideous, ridiculous, humorous, insane and in its own warped way, ethereal.

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