Necro - Die!

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Die! is not going to win Necro any new fans or mark his great moment of maturity, but rather demonstrates more of the same - with allusions towards more experimental sample sources and tempos.

There aren’t too many emcees like Brooklyn-born Necro, and to many, that’s probably a good thing. With his Psycho+Logical Records imprint, the thirty-something rapper focuses on violence, horror and Max Hardcore-style sex. On the flip-side, Necro could be argued as a product of “automatic guns at nuns” / “went to Hell for snubbin’ Jesus”-era Nas, and with his Kool G Rap-inspired delivery, few can ever really say that Necro’s delivery is not super-sophisticated, no matter his off-putting content. Die! is not going to win Necro any new fans or mark his great moment of maturity, but rather demonstrates more of the same – with allusions towards more experimental sample sources and tempos.

Necro raps about rough sex, much more Kool G Rap’s “Fuck U Man” than Nas’ “Dr. Knockboots.” He raps about killing people. He raps with aggressive atheism. He has been rapping about these kinds of things for years, and the content on Die! is no different. But really, could one expect any kind of deviation from his norm with song titles such as “The Kink Panther” and “The Human Traffic King”? Of greatest value on Die! is Necro’s production. Important to note is that not only are there guests on the lineup, but Necro produces all the material – truly making this a one-man show. The sample digging one can do with the beats Necro created is far more entertaining than any of his bars, as evidenced by the title track. While he’s busy claiming that he “beat the shit out of Jesus for being a faggot” over a sample from Dutch band Shocking Blue’s “Love Buzz,” "Die!" ultimately ends up being not as captivating as a title track should be. While the rhyme will be memorable, if only for its shock value, the production still steals the spotlight.


Although highlights in the album are not as readily available as with previous albums, there are a few moments that stand out from the rest. Two such examples are the aforementioned “The Kink Panther” and “The Human Traffic King.” The former, which is introduced by a very explicit conversation involving words like “cunt-hole,” is a borderline playful song, with an instrumental that sounds like ‘60s Pop such as The Zombies or (ironically) The Kinks; almost fitting for a Tarantino soundtrack. As he drops metaphors such as “be my valentine / Get you drunk off Ballantine / Have dudes fighting over you like Palestine” amidst pornographic raps, it becomes apparent that perhaps Necro is to porn what Devin The Dude is to weed. On “The Human Traffic King,” he raps about just that: human trafficking. It is the one time on the whole LP where one may stop and wonder if he’s actually trying to get a message out about a serious problem in the world, or if he’s really trying to get into that scene. Nevertheless, lines like “economic hardship and poverty justifies human robbery / Predators look for easy targets, the black market of sodomy” do provoke some thought about the chilling issue at hand. “Viva Necro” is arguably the best track on the album, sounding almost like a war anthem, with high energy and slightly better lyrical flow than most of the other tracks.

A departure from Necro’s last three albums, Die! suffers from several brutal (no pun intended) moments. Listeners will hear this in “Brutalized” and “Bedbugs”, which is actually more skit than song. And, unfortunately for Necro, those two examples are part of a 17-track tennis match of mediocrity and experimentation, leaving limited redeeming points on Die! The rest of the album, including tracks such as “asBESTos” , “Thugcore Cowboy,”  and “Serpent’s Bite” (which features the same sample used in Big Pun’s “Leatherface”), are plagued by an awkward flow made up of unjustified threats and braggadocio.

  If Rap-inspired albums from Rudy Ray Moore a/k/a Dolemite and Blowfly could make you blush, then Necro’s Die! is Rosacea-inducing. If someone wasn’t already a fan of his, this won’t gain him any new ones. Unless, that is, someone is really into hearing about a guy screwing Lucifer’s mother and having copious amounts poop-chute fun. His so-called “Death Rap” is not for the easily-offended, but this album’s offering is also not Necro’s strongest work to date. If one can get past the lyrics, the past producer for Raekwon, Cage and Non Phixion shows why he’s had the skills to pay his bills for the last decade-plus. Still, for all his deviations and perversions, Necro makes Dr. Octagon appear more kid-friendly than Biz Markie.

68 Comments

  • ignacio

    great beats great lirics different vibe love the album

  • Propz

    So-Called Death Rap? Thats like saying DJ Kool Herc and his So-Called Hip-Hop. Necro is the King of Death Rap!

  • SutterKane

    I love Necros beats but I cant stand him on the Mic, He should just made an entire album of beats for Ill bill or cage to spit on..........5 for the beats 1 for the vocals, 3 overall

  • jeb

    i dont expect Nec to reach out of his box, he'll only make what he does more complex like with all the concepts on the Prefix for Death album he scaled it back on this one and just made some dope beats and mixed all his styles together.. i like it, nothing new, nothing to ass..passable to me. just think its a short album.

  • Bite it you scum.

    The production on this is deadly, Boom bap hip hop shit. Thug cowboy beat is insane. Fuck the haters

  • savage88

    this guy just raps on & on about random shit . nothing special i couldnt sit and bump this .

  • OGPAT

    “asBESTos” , “Thugcore Cowboy, and serpents bite are some of the best songs on the new album. For her to say they aren't good while giving props to BEDBUGS, which is just necro saying bedbugs, bed bugs, over and over again for 30 seconds, I honestly have to think: ...Is she a necro hater, who informs ppl that 3 AWESOME songs from this album arent impressive, while saying bedbugs is 'brutal',.... b/c who in there right mind would go tell ppl to listen to bedbugs? Thugcore cowboy and asBESTos are RAD SONGS. . . . I think shes just trying to get people not to like necro. Honestly. I really think that. So, in summation, Fuck you amanda bassa. I'll cut your head off and put it on a stick and skullfuck you if you ever diss on necro again you filthy fucking bitch. Ima gang rape you in hell.

    • learn how to read

      you illiterate chump, "A departure from Necro’s last three albums, Die! suffers from several brutal (no pun intended) moments. Listeners will hear this in “Brutalized” and “Bedbugs”, which is actually more skit than song." brutal means BAD. bad meaning bad not bad meaning good. read before you talk shit or go back to the fucking 2nd grade

  • a2thak

    With so much garbage in hip hop these days its good to know that some artists can still put out consistant quality product. Keep grinding Necro this album is another bundle. RIP HOWIE.

  • R.A Double

    Albums dope! good to hear necro repping straight up hip hop beats again! Beats are amazing, Lyrics are what to be expected from Necro, Brutal content with sick delivery and tight Rhyme Schemes!

  • yeayea

    marilyn manson of hip hop

  • Raffael77

    It's not good or bad just solid. But it is always better than phony bitches like Jay-Z Feminem Dre Snoop Weezy and his cashmoney clik Rick Ross Soulja Boy and a few others Fine cats to follow Freestyle Professors People Under The Stairs Vast Aire Doom Madlib Magnificent Ruffians StressWon Guilty Simpson Damu The Fudgemonk & Insight and more

    • jjimbo

      the reason jay z is main stream is because he is talented, if he wasn't selling records you'd be on his fucking dick.

  • c/gaddic

    garbage like any other NEcro album Crappy lyrics and great beats The combination is sickening he should put his brother on these beats By the way dickriders don't comew with that garbage about "soft" content/mainstream crap I Love Cage and Eminem They are actually decent and insane shock lyricists Necro is fuckin rubbish! He should stay behind the boards permananetly or let Ill Bill ghostwrite for him He should take a que from DRe Stick to making beats and leave the rappin for talented cats

    • SinCityBoy702

      Necros beats are some of the most underrated in the game but as far as his rhyming I just ain't on that shit...his videos are funny as hell tho. Why does everybody who can put some rhyming words together think they're lyricists? Necro has some good lines here and there it's just his delivery to me is way to word heavy and he loses the rhythm most the time and offsets his own beats but meh....we'll hear these beats redone a 100 times before its done

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  • danthaman

    This album was not what i expected from Necro. That experimentation shit isn't what i look to artists for. I listen to artists because i EXPECT a CERTAIN SOUND from them. This album's beats weren't as dark or sinister and hip-hopish as his other stuff. This album seemed more up-tempo and like i said, way too experimental. Go back to Gory Days style Necro. Please. Regardless, i still love Necro and i rock to him ON THE REGULAR. So don't get it twisted. It's just that i feel his last three albums have been mediocre.

  • gutter man

    this site is known to not have a lot of real hip hop fans. all you dummies can hate and listen to formulaic triton beats and weak lyrics and scared little conformist boy content. NECRO KILLS YALL!!!!!!!!!!! DX FRONTED ON NECRO!!!!!!!!!!! DX IS CONSERVATIVE HIP_HIP- Which dont even make sense! listen , i gauran-fuckin-tee i'm morre schooled and down with real hip hop than any fool writing for DX- these boys DX dont deserve to be criticizing albums- chumps aint shit!!! R.I.P. GURU!!! man i cant beleive he's dead. I bought- "Step in the Arena" in 1990. he helped show me the real/smart way!

  • LIL WAAYNE

    STRAIGH UP BULLSH+T HORRIBLE WAK N LAME

    • gutter man

      you never graduated elementary- and because of that i have compassion for you and i love you and support you, but your ignorance is so gross. open your mainstream media manufactured mind! fuck jay-z! Cam'ron is the boss and NECRO!!! ha ha ha ha!!!!!

  • gutter man

    DX is frontin hard on NECRO! 3 stars and you give weak mainstream albums 4? BIASED ass conservative reviewers on some corny ass Jay-Z' type shit. Album deserves a 4 easily. You can't deny that just cause you disagree with his content. His lyrics and delivery are all crazy on point too! DIE!

  • TheRapBox

    Just listened to the album, never listened to necro before, and its pretty good. Beats are amazing, would be a really nice instrumental album, and his lyrical talent is good aswell, content is dark as mentioned but it would be good to listen too in certain moods. Deffinitely better then mainstreem rap today, i would give it a 4 just because of the content and you cant listen to it all the time (Atleast i cant). pretty solid album though. I would be willing to buy another of his.

  • DXXXhoe

    check out the nerds that post on Necros official forum. Bunch of fags for real

  • cstein77

    I am not one of the Necro fanboys but there isn't anyone here that can say that the beats on this aren't ill. Some of the material gets boring after listening to it over and over but his flow has always been super nice and some of his bars are funny. Also it is refreshing that its not filled with guests.

  • bones99

    Album is dope. Been in my CD player since it dropped.

  • tony45

    look at all of the nerds on necro's board. they worship the guy as a god because they are losers. anyone who has a negative opinion of his albums, they are called a hater. they act as if necro is perfect and all of his material is gold. that is how much these stanboys ride necro's pickle.

  • tony45

    it amazes me how much those losers on necros' board ride his pencil. they look at him as a good and they are on his board 24/7. homos with pimples and no jobs. necro is 1-dimensional. anyone who listened to all of his albums can see that. he has a lisp he isn't that great of a rapper.

  • Kay W

    Necro's beats on this album are off the hook , that makes this album so damn enjoyable , that's the reason I rate it 3/5 , necro is an amazing producer and his flow is point too , is he running out of things to say ? , yeah he does , the content level , the substance level is below zero , dude is only talking about killing , raping , pinkfuckin assholes and shootin ya in the muthafuckin face with a gat , you can't relate to this dude his album what so ever and I have no respect for what he's spitting , but i'll bump this album just because the beats make up for it

  • TheRealFree

    Y'all some water down stupid Ignorant basterds. This album is the shit period!! Necro has own style and his own lane. The beats on here are the best I heard in an while. Except for Rustee Jux & Marco Polo, Freeway & Jake One. Necro did this album all by himself with no guests. Hands down to Necro for making one of the best albums for 2010. All you Necro haters DIE!!!!!!!

  • calico2020

    im a better rapper than this fool hands down...

  • veganelli

    some of the beats are cool. the rhymes are wack. the tracks are not on for long enough. the title track die is a failure with only two verses and pathetic lyrics, and not forgetting the weak outro. since i have to rate this i give one star. but really i give this 0/10. what happened necro??

  • diddydoo

    i really dislike this album, i am disapointed. i feel necro is not taking enough time to sit down and really think while he makes his music. necro may already have his fans, but they are lame losers, he will not be making anymore anytime soon. i would say that die is just a little bit better than death rap, which was absolute garbage. i would never pay for this rubbish. die = fail.

  • necroisafag

    die is a complete disaster, just like death rap. necro's last two albums have been a disgrace, complete jokes. necro is running out of things to say, and his delivery gets weaker every time, just plain crap. eat a dick necro you're wack.

    • Fagget

      The production on this is incredible, Necro is a dope producer..i can't front he is a pretty fucking wack rapper. Buttt..i will listen to this before thank me later...Im just sayin

  • SirHooha

    I hope the reviewer gets raped in the mouth by dirty dicks.

  • I_Am_Beast

    I'd give it a 4.5, but since I don't have the option I'll just give it 5. I knew if this album were reviewed it would be writtien by some pretentious cock-gobbler, and I was right in more ways than one.

  • MightyMike27

    He got skills but I wouldn't listen to this. Sounds like one of the local rappers that I used to go to High School with. wtf is he rapping about? nonsense.

  • JOEDOE

    SOME POWERFUL SHIT THAT ONLY A CHOSEN FEW ARE ABLE TO RELATE TO.

  • BALLS

    The beat for "The Human Traffic King" (ILL title by the way), is bananas. That shit is so grimy! I gotta admit, Necro's production lacked a lot on this album. His other albums got way better beats than this. This album's production isn't as dark and grimy as previous albums...Necro's a moron though...

  • khordkutta

    “went to Hell for snubbin’ Jesus”-era Nas, Dang I always thought he said, “went to Hell for snuffin’ Jesus"

  • Truly Yrz

    Necro's last two albums have royally sucked. I agree with one-trick pony. Like Cube told Dre... Ay Necro, stick to producin' or pull a Hells Winter.

  • BRRRR

    yo dis nigga would be better wit a gucci track

  • aaasdfsdf

    Beats are great, lyrics are ridiculous, in the worst way. Nobody's "taking it seriously", but nobody wants to hear that bullshit either.

  • Chicasal

    I hate this shit

  • Symbolic

    Necro's a very talented MC, but the dude keeps rapping about the same shit album after album after album. It's fucking sick on albums like Gory Days or Pre-Fix For Death, but the fact is the guy's kind of a one-trick pony. That's not to say he can't flow well - he can - and that he can't make beats well - he REALLY can. It's just that his shit gets old after awhile. I'm hoping he can find something new to spit about while still maintaining his raw, fuckin insane flow.

  • kush nap

    you gotta be kiddin me. yall cant be having females like this review necro albums, they can distinguish the difference between exploitative comedy and real life. and she cant elaborate on the actual act of emceeing, at all. and if i were given a review assignment with an artist i wasnt familiar with, id actually look into the back catalog, so i could form a strong opinion and draw connections to previous works. this like a 4.5 every beat is raw. necro had one of the dopest beats on OB4CL 2 with gihad, and he got slappers galore on here. i wouldnt expect an absent cultured hip hop poser white braud to take any likin to a white boy spitting some gully street shit like a young g rap on tracks like "set it". which she didnt mention. she did mention the use of overusing previously heard samples. like "impeach the president" break hasnt been sampled millions of times. as long as you flip the sample with your own flavor, and make it raw, its all good. that leather face sample, is a rocky motion picture sample. and this shit was set to a slower tempo, with a crazy drum kit and next level horn sampling, and no mention of this. review just wants to tell you, shes heard the sample before. congratulate yourself with a cookie you fraud. pathetic review, truly. basically runs through half the tracklisting, my response probably required more effort, and im on the fuckin toilet. fire this braud, curbin sales, not givin any reasonin behind the ratings. why yall cappin words? thoughtless retreads, media scum.

    • kush nap

      who really ridin dick? you policing this shit? post your opinion, or shut the fuck up you fairy. i dont like everythings necros done, but i am familiar with his work. and when he drops something like this, it deserves a better write up. he got his own lane, raps about the underworld, sex, drugs, the streets, fighting, death, and this broad says he cant write about anything else. truly yrz get a grip you fuckin lame, you got no original thought, you just a meathead drone patrolling comments like a bored woman. necro one of the most hated on ever. dj premier knows his pedigree, but amanda bessa knows better. get the fuck outta here. crucial mistake, amanda bessa is a hip hop poser. amanda, you dont know shit about hip hop, get a new job.

    • Truly Yrz

      Take Ron's cock out of your teeth.

  • KMay

    Bad review. Bought the album first day. Not his best but definitely better then almost all of these other wack ass albums DX givin' 3.5 - 4 stars to. Beats are fire, his delivery is ridiculous. Can't blame anyone for not getting into his extreme lyrics, but you just can't take him too serious. If you do, well then you are an idiot. I give around 4 stars. Thats just me

  • The.Watcher

    Nice solid album from Necro. Not his best, not his worst, it sits squarely in the middle.

  • goodreview

    Pretty solid review...I have the feeling Necro fanboys are gonna flip out about the rating, but it is what it is....the album's nowhere near Prefix or Gory Days, and Necro's flow is only so-so for the most part...I think the best produced tracks on the album are "Thugcore Cowboy, Brutalized" and "Viva Necro"...He flows best on F.U.B.A.R though...go back and listen to "Brutalized" because the beat and flow are crazy...I would say this album's a 3.5 but a 3.0 is justified

  • goodreview

    Pretty solid review...I have the feeling Necro fanboys are gonna flip out about the rating, but it is what it is....the album's nowhere near Prefix or Gory Days, and Necro's flow is only so-so for the most part...I think the best produced tracks on the album are "Thugcore Cowboy, Brutalized" and "Viva Necro"...He flows best on "F.U.B.A.R" though...go back and listen to "Brutalized" because the beat and flow are crazy...I would say this album's a 3.5 but a 3.0 is justified

  • goodreview

    Pretty solid review...I have the feeling Necro fanboys are gonna flip out about the rating, but it is what it is....the album's nowhere near Prefix or Gory Days, and Necro's flow is only so-so for the most part...I think the best produced tracks on the album are "Thugcore Cowboy," "Brutalized" and "Viva Necro"...He flows best on "F.U.B.A.R" though...go back and listen to "Brutalized" because the beat and flow are crazy...I would say this album's a 3.5 but a 3.0 is justified

  • goodreview

    Pretty solid review...I have the feeling Necro fanboys are gonna flip out about the rating, but it is what it is....the album's nowhere near Prefix or Gory Days, and Necro's flow is only so-so for the most part...I think the best produced tracks on the album are "Thugcore Cowboy," "Brutalized" and "Viva Necro"...He flows best on "F.U.B.A.R" though...go back and listen to "Brutalized" because the beat and flow are crazy...I would say this album's a 3.5 but a 3.0 is justified