– Both born in Norway, both to African parents, their latest album, So Dark The Con Of Man, is a strange mish-mash of genres, mixing live instrumentation, female vocals and dance beats in a way more reminiscent of the eclectic approach of Outkast or Gnarls Barkley than the steelier beats of US rap.
– Or, as the pair put it: ”The way we do things/Is a little bit unorthodox/The way we do things make your mo-fucking jaws drop”. Jaws might, indeed, drop at the opening Beggin’, a cover of the Four Seasons original reworked by production team 3Elementz that sees Kapricon croon the original Franki Valli hook while Critical adds rabbity raps: Hear it once and, like Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”, you won’t be able to shake it.
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– … And it would be a pretty good film. I bet Outkast would play the band, or maybe will.i.am and Ne-Yo, could play it as a hilariously mis-matched pair of maverick rappers, who break all the rules, and are always getting busted by The Chief – played by Timbaland – and they bicker all the time, but secretly have a lot of respect for each other.
– This song, “Beggin”, by Madcon grabs you instantly and refuses to let go. It combines dance elements with hip-hop, in a style that reminds me of Gnarls Barkley… when they were good.
– I didn’t even know Norway had a music industry, let alone a hip-hop scene, so the origins of this song, and group are a really nice surprise. And there was me thinking Norway was all about long nights and heavy drinking.
– Jammen, “Beggin” er jo egentlig ikke Madcons egen låt.