Album cover Escape from Monsta Island! - Monsta Island Czars
Escape from Monsta Island!Monsta Island Czars8/10

Monsta Island Czars - Escape from Monsta Island!

13 Jun 2007 row1

Straight out of B grade movies and into a B+ grade album, the Monsta Island Czars mix Kaiju movies with indie hiphop. The super group consists of Gigan, Jet Jaguar (MF Grimm), Kamackeris, King Cesar (X-Ray), King Ghidra (MF Doom), Kong, Spiega, Megalon and Rodan. You could best think of them as Wu-Tang but using monster flicks instead of Kung Fu.

I would imagine that most people would pick up the album just for the MF Doom or Grimm content, but Grimm isn't on the album at all (incarcerated at the time, but came up with the album idea) and Doom only raps on one track (MIC Line). Even without the two MF's, the others Czars on the mic and X-Ray on the beats are more than capable and have their own distinctive sound.

X-Ray produces the bulk of the tracks (Doom does a few), his production is raw, minimalistic and almost cinematic at times. He frequently mixes piano with drum loops, not dissimilar to some of RZA's work. Skits featuring samples from Kaiju movies are thrown in between tracks which works well.
All of the mc's have a raw sound, with Kamackeris' slick rhymes and flow and Rodan's relentless delivery making them the stand out performers.

The first track M.I.N.Y.A is the only track that instantly stands out, X-Ray puts down an incredibly funky beat with Kamackeris opening with one of the albums best verses. The rest of the tracks feature great production and verses, but just don't stand out as much as M.I.N.Y.A. The only weak and out of place track is the Doom produced 'Comin' at You', which has an upbeat synth sound and an almost cheesy female hook.

In conclusion, Escape from Monsta Island is a great raw indie album and would be recommend to anyone looking for something different. Any fans of MF Doom will be pleased with his and X-Ray's production.

Sardless Tracks

  • M.I.N.Y
  • WitchCraft
  • Make it Squash!

Track Listing

  1. Whats The Name Of This Place?
  2. M.I.N.Y.A.
  3. F@#k Yall N!@@#s
  4. Witchcraft
  5. 1,2 . . .1,2
  6. Scientific Civilization Skit
  7. MIC Line
  8. Poizon Windz
  9. Under Pressure
  10. Became A Monsta
  11. Theres A Legend Skit
  12. Out My Mind
  13. Warning
  14. Make It Squash!
  15. Gunz n Swordz
  16. Sumthin To Prove
  17. Live Son of A Bitch Ski
  18. Comin At You
  19. Take Control
  20. Escape From Monsta Isle