"I cop this attitude all the time" intones Stefan Burnett (a.k.a MC Ride) with irony on "Birds" – a song that, no surprise, is more about raised middle fingers than ornithology. It's the closest thing to a ballad on the latest samizdat album by the West Coast avant-punk rap ranters, easily the group's most mercurial record yet. "Feels Like A Wheel" is bad-trip club music, all razored verbiage over whiplash beats; "Whatever I Want (Fuck Who's Watching)" is six minutes of extreme EDM no-fuck-giving. Still, Government Plates is a rap record, albeit one whose abstracted fury and next-level formalism make Kanye's Yeezus sound kind of quaint. So what's MC Ride pissed off about now? To quote Marlon Brando, "Whaddaya got?"
From The Archives Issue 1200: January 16, 2014