Blame it on the Beastie Boys or speed-metal dinosaurs Anthrax, but please blame someone for the birth of rap metal. Rage Against the Machine and 311 got away with it for a while, but in the end it's the same played-out formula of metallic guitar, white-guy rapping, skateboarding and repeated marijuana references. Kottonmouth Kings stay true to that form on "Royal Highness."
Songs like the opening "Bong Tokin' Alcoholics," "Me and My Skate" and the burbs-ain't-what-they-used- to-be anthem "Suburban Life" all fit the profile, and the album's hip-hop aspects contain absolutely no originality. Kottonmouth Kings sound like Cypress Hill -- who made stoner-rap an art form -- on a bad trip.
The album may have its moments, but how many more songs do we have to hear celebrating the glories of being a pot head?
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.