Michael Endelman
April 18, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Shifting Gears

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Hollywood
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a C

Mashing up Metallica, Run-DMC, and Midnight Oil, Z-Trip’s underground mixtapes are fiendishly clever collages that connect the dots between neck-snapping hip-hop and headbanging rock & roll. But on his first ”official” album, the Arizona-bred DJ’s talent doesn’t survive the transition from the subculture to the studio. Aside from a few standout cuts like the frenetic Jethro Tull-sampling ”Take Two Copies,” Shifting Gears is just a grinding mix of dated rocktronica beats and anonymous retro-rapping. He should go back to the underground.

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