Young Miss America - Gold Chains
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  • Summary: Better known to the indie-rock crowd than the hip-hop community (perhaps because in his former life, he was a white, balding computer programmer), San Francisco-based Topher Lafata (aka Gold Chains) follows a series of well-received EPs and singles with this full-length debut.
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  1. 83
    This should be playing in every thump-and-hump club in the world. [#5, p.92]
  2. His brilliant mash-up of dancehall, techno, booty bass and stomping glam is a guaranteed floor-filler, whether you're laughing or not. [Jun 2003, p.109]
  3. Unlike the Streets, Lafata spits everything with a straight face, making his slow-mo Baroque on "Break Or Be Broken" and hardcore pop finale "Let's Get It On" (which features a Peaches-like guest appearance by Sue Cie) into a kitschy farce worthy of his vanguard reputation.
  4. Has a lot more of SF's itchy electro-Techno fizz than it does 'proper' HipHop beats. [#231, p.75]
  5. One part Busta-lite, and the rest full-on skater bravado: Gold Chains isn't going to tear up the world of hip-hop, but he's not totally empty handed.
  6. It's mostly inventive and catchy as hell.... That is, to say, if you don't mind the nearly ever-present vocals of Lafata.
  7. Musically, these tracks take in '60s flavour Farfisa-sounds, abstract electronica and, on Citizens Nowhere, the neglected style clash of hip hop and glam rock. [Jun 2003, p.98]

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  1. KishaR
    Nov 5, 2003
    10
    I wish he would make more music!!! I HEART GC!! ki
  2. AndyW
    Feb 22, 2006
    10
    Gold Chains is really one of the most amazing things to come out of San Franciscso. Forcing the at times stiff SF techno sound into a funky Gold Chains is really one of the most amazing things to come out of San Franciscso. Forcing the at times stiff SF techno sound into a funky self mocking direction is both a breath of fresh air and a hint at a future that's a bit more fun. The fact that I've heard so many imitators since first checking his goods a few years back is proof he made a way bigger impact than the critics gave him credit for. The full length isn't quite as solid as Expand

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