Chuck D describes his new rap-metal side project with Public Enemy cohort Professor Griff and the axe-wielding members of Chaingang as "Rage Against the Machine meets the Roots," but on record it's more like Vanilla Ice meets 24/7 Spyz.
The problem here is that some schmo calling himself Kyle "Ice" Jason -- who, oddly, takes top billing -- foolishly monopolizes the microphone. It's bad enough that the rhyme-impaired Jason sings and raps at all, but relegating Chuck D, one of the most compelling voices in contemporary music, to cursing in cameo rants is just plain idiotic. Avoid at all costs. TP