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Often compared to Eminem, Cage is a skilled emcee that just happens to be white. Cage's rhymes and style, displayed on Movies for the Blind, are very different than any Eminem album. Yes, the album will shock the casual listener as much as Eminem's albums do, but this album does not have any bouncy tracks that will appease the dance club crowd (i.e. Eminem's "Without Me"). Furthermore, Cage's lyrics are more horrific and less straightforward than songs found on any Eminem album.

"People say his mind was infected by devils." The sample taken from the film adaptation of Lone Wolf & Cub is used on "Agent Orange," the song that helped put Cage on the map. "Movies for the Blind" sounds like the soundtrack of a man whose mind really was infected by devils. Throughout the album Cage rhymes as both battle MC and storyteller while spitting sadistic, insane rhymes. Complimenting the shocking, disturbing rhymes are hard-hittin', grimey beats that match Cage's flow. The production on "Movies for the Blind" is consistently strong, with Mighty Mi doing the majority of the work (he gets help from many different producers-El-P, J-Zone, Ghetto Pros, RJD2, Necro, Camu Tao, & Rush).

The album intros with "Morning Dips," an interesting ode to A Clockwork Orange. You can sense the album is going to be unique. After the intro, "Escape to 88" breaks down all the walls as the beats and the rhymes take no prisoners. The track also has the first Eminem reference.

"Too bad no planes flew into mtv / I'll never get a platinum plaque for mp3s / bein' black balled by a white emcee / [pause] I guess that faggot found the right MD / and I'm twisted but not like faggots that suck fame / this clowns insane / I'm sicker with metal than Mudvayne."

Unlike many hip-hop albums these days, the album is strong from start to finish. "Stoney Lodge" puts you in the mind of a deranged patient and the J-Zone beat matches the story perfectly. "The Soundtrack" tells the story of Cage killing his step-dad, and it's as vivid as a good horror movie. Cage exclaims, "Three in the chest I saw 'em drop / the only time that I ever called 'em pop / two in his back while he's dead on the ground / one more in is head 'cuz he made a lil' sound / Ran out a bullets so I used the blade / wear rubber gloves cuz he might have aids."

Aside from possibly "Agent Orange", Cage's most famous song, "Suicide Failure" is the album's shining star. Cage comically lays out a series of botched suicides and the track displays lyrical wordplay and storytelling at its best. While the topic matter may cause people to dismiss it, the song pokes fun at a suicidal failure and it showcases Cage's creativity. "But I'm not dead yet I'm still tryin / to cut my wrists / and walked passed some crips / bleedin' red / in hopes that I get shot in the fuckin' head."

Overall the album is consistent, but seems to lose momentum after "CK Won." CK Won could have been left off all together, but it is not a bad track either. Cage lives up to the hype of being one of the best underground MCs with "Movies for the Blind". Some hip hop fans may be turned away by the horror/shock style of Cage, but those that have an open ear will be satisfied by a unique album that doesn't pull any punches.

- 2002

Barry Adamson - The King of Nothing Hill Copywrite The High Exhaulted

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