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?