Hip Hop Album Reviews (11/2015)

Deklaration of War

Deklaration of War

Deklaration of War cover art
Deklaration of War cover art

An album by Konspiracy Kamp

Review presented by Warren Peace

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The Intro

Recently, The Write Reviews received a message by Shneal about his group, Konspiracy Kamp, releasing an album in the beginning of November and wanting to have the album reviewed. Deklaration of War would have political issues throughout the album, mainly to the government belonging to the United States. Shneal, who recently revealed a collaborative effort with underground hip hop juggernaut Hopsin, did not hide his excitement for the release of Deklaration of War, which only piqued the interest of The Write Reviews even more. Of course, The Write Reviews accepted the task of breaking down Deklaration of War and brining hip hop fans a full analysis of the album. Will this politically centered collection of songs bring enlightenment while supporting the rights of the people, or will this album be full of misinformed verses and only confuse the country’s citizens? Let’s find out.


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The Album

1- Deklaration of War

This is an ideal way of opening the album, but executed very well. Interesting facts and ideas get brought up, which puts the album into perspective immediately. Drama is the first emcee on the microphone and his flow really carries him through the track with a breeze. He is not too lyrical, but he says on topic and brings up good points throughout his verse. J Cutlass is more lyrical than Drama, delivers a smooth flow, and throws some horrorcore lines into the mix with his take on the topic. Shneal is the emcee closing out the track. Shneal’s works a little more wizardry in his lyrics, though his flow gets a little choppy toward the middle. A solid introduction from the group distributed over a beat that pulls you into the track is exactly how to start of with a Featured Track.

2- No Bluff

There is a good intro to the track which opens with a banging beat and a catchy hook. Drama delivers a slow flow with a verse that stays on topic but isn’t very lyrical. Shneal’s flow is twice as fast as Drama’s, as well as lyrically advanced.  Shneal’s stays with the subject,  bringing up intriguing points in his verse.  J Cutlass brings a quick flow  that rides the best well and has no problem after the topic, although his verse isn’t very complex either. Bluff is a solid song that fits the mold for Deklaration of War.

3- Big Brother feat. Young Ghost

Interesting opening that helps keep the audience’s attention. Drama’s slow flow reminds me of the chop and screw era,  which was really annoying to me when it was popular. Drama does stick to the topic, though. Shneal brings some wordplay into his verse and has a cool flow with his lyrics. The “rebell” part sounded forced as hell,  to be honest. J Cutlass left me confused with his “always running like automobiles” line. You always have your automobile running? And his flow feels off when using the three syllable words but only rhyming the last syllable,  which trends from time to time throughout the album.  Big Brother falls short of the earlier tracks in the album.

4- Devil In Disguise feat. Checkmait

Drama delivers a great flow with lyrics directed toward politicians. The Jesus Christ in the flesh line caught me off guard,  because the song title is Devil In Disguise. It just felt off. The hook could be catchy if the tone used wasn’t borderline annoying. Checkmait brings valid topic points into his verse, although the his flow feels choppy in places. J Cutlass brings one of his best verses of the album and an intricate flow that only feels choppy in one area. Devil In Disguise is just under the radar for the Featured Tracks.

5- Skool

One of the shorter tracks on Deklaration of War, Skool has a pretty fresh sound. J Cutlass doesn’t stand out much with his flow on this one,  isn’t very lyrical,  but includes good topical material. The hook is solid. Shneal shows out a little on Skool, using an unorthodox flow very well and matching J Cutlass’s topical influence.

6- Burn

I really like the beat for Burn with its intense, horror movie vibe. Drama takes off with a great flow while showcasing some lyrical flare. Hook is a little repetitive, but offers a different sound and execution to switch things up. Shneal’s flow isn’t too shabby either as he spits smoothly through his interesting content. J Cutlass matches the flow of his team members and displays a firm microphone presence,  but has a few slightly off syllable miscues. Regardless of the petty stuff,  Burn hits the Featured Tracks list full force.

7- Militia Muzik

This beat hits hard and is easily one of my favorites of the album. Shneal opens the track with a smooth flow and more interesting material for the audience,  although he isn’t very lyrical on this track. Drama has a great presence, but lacks in the content field. J Cutlass tries some horrorcore lines while delivering a flow that’s on point.

8- Bayonet Cypher

With a bit of a different opening than anything their audience has heard so far,  Bayonet Cypher aims to reconnect the emcees and listeners. Shneal goes in first, bringing up some interesting content while maintaining a solid flow of lyrics. Drama comes on the beat next with a really good presence and flow, also connecting with the protestant/catholic line. J Cutlass is last in line on the cypher. He keeps his content interesting while spitting a steady flow that includes a nice multiple syllable rhyme scheme. Although not an overly lyrical cypher,  I feel the Bayonet Cypher came together really well and deserves a spot on the Featured Tracks.

9- M.I.C.

The instrumental for M. I. C. is another that has a horror movie style sound to it. When J Cutlass gets on the microphone, I asked myself “Are we really on this same subject?” The scattered thoughts on the topic do not really help to make things clear for the audience. J Cutlass does spit a few more scattered, yet interesting, topical material with a good flow.  The hook is really catchy and perfect for putting the track in perspective. Drama is the next emcee involved on the track, asking some relevant questions while flowing well over the beat. Shneal comes onto the beat hot, spitting double-time while providing more appeal to listeners with his content. M.I.C. is a good track, but this is starting to feel very pattern-like on the album.

10- Hand Grenade Cypher feat. Locksmith

This best has bounce. J Cutlass kicks off the Hand Grenade Cypher (I really like that title) with some jabs thrown at rappers in general. He brings some good rhyme schemes, but the flow feels slightly choppy due to the wording. Drama goes in second, delivering an interesting sound to his voice that feels different from before. He also switches styles smoothly, maintaining a cool flow throughout his verse. Some of his content is on point while some is not so much. Shneal hits the track running with a slick flow that includes some really nice double-time delivery. The discounting God and alien experiment stuff could be put into question, but even more of a jaw-dropper was the singing that came out of nowhere. Locksmith is impressive, to say the least. His flow is on point, even when he kicks it up to double-time, while having a solid microphone presence and spitting with a rough edge to his voice. In my opinion, Locksmith has the best verse of the cypher, and helps the Hand Grenade Cypher make it on the Featured Tracks list.

11- Sunday feat. Young Ghost

This beat has a different feel and vibe than any of the earlier tracks as a slow, yet chill, instrumental enters the world of Deklaration of War. Drama claims the rights to the first verse. I don’t agree with the line about Christians being undercover Pagan slaves or Jews being devils. Lines like these seem to contradict the ideas of Young Ghost, former member of Konspiracy Kamp, expressed on the album about not believing in God. I am not feeling the hook. Young Ghost has a really smooth flow on this track, but there isn’t really much else to say. J Cutlass has the best verse easily while delivering a crisp flow. He does say the devil wrote the Bible, which also contradicts the ideas expressed by Young Ghost about not believing in God. As a track, Sunday has its moments, but also leaves a lot to be desired.

12- Kreepin’

Another horror movie type of beat gets used for Kreepin’. J Cutlass uses some wordplay as his flow remains fluid-like on the instrumental. This is also a nice change of pace from the repetitive stuff. Kreepin’ is another track on Deklaration of War that I’m not really feeling. Drama has the concluding verse of the track, delivering one of his best flows on the album while keeping his verse entertaining for listeners. While Drama isn’t very lyrical with his words, he does add a horrorcore edge within his lyrics. Kreepin’ clocks out with another round from the chorus.

13- Murda feat. Young Ghost

This beat has a similar feel to it as the last instrumental. A catchy, but slightly repetitive, hook opens Murda for the audience. Young Ghost brings everything back to the main topic of the album with a flow that is on time with the beat, yet content that is on the more boring side of things. Drama has a choppy flow at first and ties in some horrorcore lyrics while throwing different angles of the album’s main topic together. J Cutlass brings an entertaining flow while involving some wordplay, closing out the best verse of the track.

14- Napalm

This is one of those beats that is perfect for a fast-paced flow. J Cutlass  has a good flow and touches on many aspects to the topic, yet this ever-so-present type of verse has not really taught anyone anything about these matters. Drama uses a much slower flow, and the Satan living in the White House line isn’t really clear on whether Drama is saying it to be fact, since this album is about conspiracy, religious-involved material, or fiction. Shneal steps back onto the album as the final verse of Napalm, using a smooth, slow flow with content that still does not educate the audience.

15- Kalashnikov Cypher feat. C Go

The introduction for the track is interesting, hoping to recapture the attention of Konspiracy Kamp’s audience again. J Cutlass takes off with a quick flow and touches on some good topics like the microchip. Shneal brings a cool, switch-up flow. Drama slows down the pace of the lyrics while bringing one of his most lyrical verses of the album. C Go is not an emcee I am really interested in hearing in the future. He brought a slow flow with content that is not on topic, self-hyping his entire verse in poor fashion. This is one of Konspiracy Kamp’s better cyphers, but the addition of C Go should have been a no go.

16- My Armor feat. Young Ghost

Shneal delivers a verse that is contradictory in my opinion. Jim Jones should be the Pope? You want thousands of people to kill themselves with electric kool-aid? Yet you say you are wanting to help and enlighten people? I understand the relation between Shneal’s comparison, but the artist must remember to make things clear for the people who might not be educated in such areas. The lyrics for the hook are well written, but the monotone voice sharing those lyrics is not easy to like. Drama has a great start on the second verse, but does better without the slow flow. J Cutlass is slow to get going, and his scars of armor line baffles me.

17- Tear It Down 

This beat is banging! Probably my favorite instrumental of the album. The hook is a little repetitive, but it was some flavor mixed in for entertainment value. J Cutlass brings a strong flow with some great lines, although a couple of those lines do feel forced. Shneal uses a slow flow, oddly enough, and confused me a bit with the ‘silence the critics for the 9/11 attack, but perhaps the wording threw me off. Drama delivers the last verse of the album with a smooth flow, touching on many of the topics brought up during the course of the album. Tear It Down makes it on the Featured Tracks list.

18- Rich Gayng

This was an interesting addition to the album and wraps everything up with a closure that leaves listeners thinking about the content after the album is finished. 


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Featured Tracks

Deklaration of War, Burn, Bayonet Cypher, Hand Grenade Cypher, and Tear It Down.


The Write Up

Well, there are many things I could bring up in detail about this album, but let’s keep it at a level that focuses on art. Every emcee had moments of greatness on the microphone during the course of the album, but only a few times did it happen on the same track. the switches of styles not only confuses your audience with who’s who, it takes away from the very sound and style that you own. This makes it seem like each artist is still exploring what they want their style to be. I am an avid reader of theories involving conspiracies, and while I may have known everything you spoke about on your tracks, you will have to remember that everyone else may not. I feel this album would have been much stronger if each topic were brought up separately on each track, with more of an educating approach. There are other confusing aspects as well, already noted in the song breakdowns. Lyrically, I felt this was slightly sub-par in terms of how you could have used more elements of writing within the content. On a much brighter note, the major subject of the album is something tha needs to be addressed more in music. Drama, Shneal, and J Cutlass displayed talent and the ability to do something big with their music. Let’s hope Konspiracy Kamp sticks together for a third album so The Write Reviews can be there to observe their growth as artists.


Star Status

🌟 🌟. 5

(2.5 out of 5 stars)


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