Album Review | Ill Bill & Stu Bangas – Cannibal Hulk

This album was released on March 29th this year. Well, I uh… I THINK it’s an album. I also kinda feel like it should be considered an EP though. It’s less than twenty five minutes long, and three of the tracks are less than 20 seconds. I guess it doesn’t really matter though. Anyway, I’m definitely a big fan of Ill Bill. He’s never released a project that I didn’t like. His previous solo album from 2016, Septagram, wasn’t exactly on par with the rest of his material, but I still enjoyed it. He came back in 2017 with the second Heavy Metal Kings album, which I really enjoyed. My favorite solo album from Ill Bill is definitely The Grimy Awards. I’m definitely not expecting this project to live up to that one. I really don’t even know if I’m gonna like this. The reception seems kinda mixed. If anything, it’ll probably be on par with Septagram. As you can see from the title of this review, all of the production is handled by Stu Bangas. I’ve heard production from him in the past, but I’m definitely not familiar enough with him to say I’m a fan or that I even know what his beats generally sound like. I don’t really follow him as an artist. I’m checking this out for Ill Bill. I’ll probably post my overall rating of his discography tomorrow. Anyway, I think I’ll enjoy this project. It probably won’t be great, but I think it’ll at least be good.

1. Cannibal Hulk

Okay, it seems like there’s gonna be an actual concept for this album, which is cool. This track opens up with what sounds like a news reporter talking about a certain uh… strain? I don’t know what different types of LSD are referred to as… Hmm… I just googled it. There aren’t different kinds of LSD. Acid is acid. I’m not exactly sure what happened to the particular batch of LSD that this news reporter was talking about, but it basically caused people to turn into the “cannibal hulk.” As she said, “it turns normal people into monsters that possess this super human strength & no ability to feel pain.” The beat from Stu Bangas on this track is pretty cool. The hook is nothing special, but it works. Bill’s rapping from the perspective of the cannibal hulk. Damn. This is actually pretty goddamn cool. There’s only one verse on this song, but I enjoyed it. However, I feel like it probably could’ve used one more verse. Hmm… I just realized that Bill sounds a LOT like Sean Price on this track. It almost sounds like he’s trying to do his best impression of him. Not sure what that’s all about. Anyway, I like this track. I think this was a pretty good way to open the project up. This is dope.

2. Antron Singleton featuring Goretex

Hmm… I really wish I knew what that opening audio clip was from. It’s some guy talking about a cannibal who was seen walking down the street at 2PM ass naked with blood on his face and around his mouth. That’s really interesting. I just googled it, and couldn’t find anything about it. Maybe it was a skit made specifically for this album. This first verse from Bill is dope as hell. I guess this is pretty much Horrorcore. He’s kind of dabbled in that area before. I think he’s doing it well here. That first verse was great. There’s not really a hook; the two verses are just divided by another audio clip of someone speaking about the drug that causes Bill to turn into the Hulk. The second verse from Goretex was pretty solid. I think Bill definitely had the better verse, but he did his thing too. The production is nothing special, but it gets the job done. I think it fits well with the content of the song. I definitely like this more than the previous track. I enjoyed it quite a bit. This is really dope.

3. Yo Gamma Gamma

Ha. That’s a slightly humorous title for this track. Anyway, this is a completely pointless skit. It actually sounds like an audio clip of a TV Show based on The Incredible Hulk. There’s no reason for me to discuss this track. It’s less than 10 seconds long. It’s unnecessary.

4. World War Hulk featuring Goretex & Slaine

This track definitely has my favorite beat on the project so far. It’s really good. Bill still kinda sounds like Sean Price. He even shouted him out in the first verse, so I think it may be intentional. I liked his verse, but he didn’t really seem to be rapping about the album’s concept at all despite this song’s title. It was still good though. The second verse from Goretex was cool. I didn’t like it as much as Bill’s verse, but he still did his thing. The final verse from Slaine was dope as hell. He killed that shit honestly. That shit was great. The production on this track gets kinda old after a while. I really liked it at first, but I wish it was a little less repetitive. I really like the song overall though. This is really dope.

5. Green Sabbath

This is another pointless interlude. It’s 15 seconds long. It’s just what sounds like another news reporter talking about a 19 year old kid who shot himself in the head while listening to Ozzy Osbourne. I’m not sure why they chose to give this it’s own track. It could’ve been inserted at the beginning of the next song. It doesn’t matter though I guess.

6. Russo’s on the Bay performed by Heavy Metal Kings

This should be good. I’m definitely a huge fan of the Heavy Metal Kings. Mostly because I love Vinnie Paz. Well, I love Ill Bill too, so I guess I just love the duo. Anyway, the beat on this track is dope as hell. THIS is definitely my favorite beat so far. Vinnie Paz killed that first verse. This is really good. Now Ill Bill is kinda sounding like B-Real a little bit to me. He sounds like B-Real mixed with Sean Price. I enjoyed his verse. The hook is nothing special. Hmm… You know, I like this song, but… I just feel like something’s missing. It’s not hitting me quite as hard as I feel like it should have. I probably would’ve liked it more if they stuck to the concept more. This track didn’t seem to have anything to do with the Hulk. I still enjoyed it though. I think this is a dope song.

7. Scumbags

This is yet another short interlude that I’ll never listen to again since it wasn’t placed at the beginning of the next song. It’s just Uncle Howie talking about how you shouldn’t judge people. I can’t say I’m surprised that someone with as many drug problems as him would have a sentiment like that. I kinda agree though. I try not to be too judgmental. I mean, I’m obviously very judgmental when it comes to music and social justice, but I wouldn’t ever look down on someone for struggling with financial issues or addiction or shit like that. But yeah, I’m never gonna listen to this again.

8. Joe Fixit featuring Snak the Ripper

Oh shit. This beat is dope af. Okay, THIS is the best beat so far. I guess it’s good that the production seems to get better on every song. This beat is amazing honestly. I love it. The first verse from Bill was dope. He still sounds like Sean Price. That line about pooping in Rihanna’s mouth was a little uh… strange… The hook is simplistic, but it works. Snak the Ripper’s verse was great. I don’t really have any issues with this track to be honest. I love the beat, and the verses were good too. The hook kinda grew on me too. I never thought it was bad, but it just didn’t stand out to me much at first. I like it though. This is definitely my favorite song so far. I think it’s dope af.

9. Shiva Call featuring Goretex

The beat on this track is really good. The first verse from Bill on this track is pretty good. The simplistic hook is nothing special, but it works. Goretex’s verse wasn’t bad. I can’t really say I was that impressed by it though. It was decent I guess. Huh… The song just ended. You know, I definitely enjoyed this song to some extent, but it’s not really… Um… I don’t know, it just feels like it’s lacking something. I like the beat a lot, and Bill did his thing. The hook and second verse weren’t particularly bad. They just didn’t really do much for me. I like this song though. It’s definitely one of the weaker tracks in my opinion, but I still enjoyed it. This is a good song to me.

10. Hulk Meat featuring Goretex

This beat is really dope. It’s a lot darker than anything else that was on the album. Honestly it would’ve been cool if the whole album sounded this dark. It kinda reminds me of something that would’ve shown up on that last DJ Muggs album. Man, this is really fuckin’ good. Bill killed that first verse. The pitch shifted hook is cool. The second verse from Goretex wasn’t as good to me, but I still enjoyed it. Honestly, I really love this track. The production is great, and the first verse from Bill was really nice too. The hook is cool, and the second verse was fine. This is definitely a standout track in my opinion. This shit is dope af.

Honestly, I think this is album is great. It’s way better than I was expecting it to be considering the lukewarm reception. It’s definitely a step up from Septagram. I was pleased with the production from Stu Bangas, and I think Bill did his thing on every verse. This may as well be a collab album with Goretex because there were only three tracks without him. In fact, there was only one song without any features at all. I think Goretex is a decent rapper, but I feel like these days he’s not as good as he was on that Non Phixion album. I kinda wish the concept was a little more fleshed out. It didn’t really go anywhere. It seemed like Bill only rapped about it on a handful of tracks. It is also kinda weird that he’s basically turned into a white Sean Price. He was still rapping well though, so I didn’t mind it that much. I guess I can see why some people were disappointed, but I honestly can’t say that I am. There’s not a single track that I don’t like. This shit is dope to me.

Favorite Song: Joe Fixit
Least Favorite Song: Shiva Call


Grade: B+


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