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1. Intro 00:24
2. Can't Stop 03:09
3. Road Trippin 04:04
4. Californication 05:02
5. Hey Oh 03:40
6. By The Way 03:21
7. My Friends 03:50
8. Give It Away 03:46
Hip Hop fans who also enjoy the sounds of alternative rock group The Red Hot Chili Peppers will rejoice when they hear Pepper Spray, an EP release from A-Plus of Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics and production team Compound 7. The 7-song EP is a reimagining of some of the Red Hot Chili PeppersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ most epic tracks as a backdrop for MCs A-Plus, Del and Knobody. The brainchild of Compound 7 member AAGEE (who suggested an EP release with production based entirely off the Chili Peppers), PEPPER SPRAY is a specialty project, according to A-Plus.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The whole purpose is a Hip Hop tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, inspired by their music and dedicated to their work. The cover is going to be a spin-off of one of their most popular covers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a theme all throughout,Ã¢â‚¬Â
he explains. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The songs are all topic-oriented, sonically as well as lyrically. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a conceptual EP, certainly. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want people to look at this like itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MY new album, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something I worked on but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s obviously in a different lane,Ã¢â‚¬Â emphasizes A-Plus. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m stepping outside of my paradigm to do something new, different and artistic.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Standout cuts on Pepper Spray include Californication, which features Del. A-Plus explains the significance of Californication Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬Å“The way the song is set up, you have to hear it, its two verses then the beat changes, then the verses again, like a refrain. I instantly thought of Del after we finalized the beat. The subculture of California is snaky but its home, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what the Chili PeppersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ song is about so I just rapped about what California is for me in the same way - the positive and negative.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Memories and experiences of tours & being on the road are a recurring theme of the Red Hot Chili PeppersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ music as well as on Pepper Spray. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Road TrippinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ is a song about leaving to go on the road, and what it entails. Just being out from an artistÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perspective and how itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a very hard but amazing job,Ã¢â‚¬Â A-Plus reasons. Ã¢â‚¬Å“By the Way is another song about being on the road, but more of a specific story, of our tour bus getting pulled over, smelling like weed, me getting arrested, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a story Ã¢â‚¬â€œ theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re both tour-story oriented.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Pepper Spray, in drawing from one of the greatest alt-rock bands of this century and turning their sound into a Hip Hop format will undoubtedly draw new fans toward both genres of music and beyond. One thing is sure; Compound 7Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Pepper Spray is like nothing youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard before.
creditsreleased 05 July 2011