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The 2000 yard stare is a term popularized during World War II to describe the broken and vacant look smeared across the faces of American soldiers. The “stare” was directly correlated with post-traumatic stress disorder, and was typically the earliest and most noticeable sign of a mental breakdown. 70 years later, The Knife, an emcee from Savannah, Georgia, produces an album bearing the same name, drenched in disgust, dissatisfaction, and self-loathing.

2000 Yard Stare is consistent, in that it never waivers from it’s theme of hopelessness and anger, all delivered with dark wit, and explicit descriptions of the inner workings of The Knife. Songs like “I Hate Myself,” and “Everybody Who Likes Me,” and “Bleed” delve deep into the mind of a depressive, worn out, disturbed soldier, teetering the line of insanity.

The Knife strings his words together carefully when describing his tales of noir. He’s definitely a strong penman, though his self-deprecating lyrics, specifically in “Don’t Know Why,” say otherwise. He’s no amateur, and he is fully aware and in control of his own keen writing ability. He’s obviously a battle rapper, and I’d bet that he’s pretty hard to match in that particular arena, just based on the underhanded sting, and the shear fearlessness to be absurd and politically incorrect. Judging from this album, he’s the kind of emcee that will deliver deadly blows, but eat every punch thrown back at him. A “make-grown-men cry” emcee.

The Knife’s, 2000 Yard Stare, the album, holds true to the 2000 yard stare, the syndrome. It’s lonely, and full of emptiness. It’s mysteriously frightening and psychologically a few steps left of center. The album is perfect if you hate sunshine. If you hate society. If you hate emcees. Basically, if you hate anything, you will love this. And if you love everything, you will probably still love this album. Just in doses.

-Jason Reynolds

Comments

  • roobee

    man, it always pisses me off when folks go and steal a name from a pre-existing group. the knife will always be the electro duo!

  • knife

    My name is actually just “KNIFE”

  • craig & them

    this album is dope!!!

    http://www.dopesandwich.com

  • prthapressplayer

    Nice job with the review. I like how you describe the record, completely on point. There’s not really anything else like this out right now – sort of reminds me of some Gravediggaz meets Funcrusher Plus era Company Flow, but with some digital tweaks.

  • Epic Foxx

    Love the way you provided the WWII information as a foundation to describe Knife’s dark and misanthropic project. The analogy of him being a disturbed soldier really helps to explain his style.

    I just wish I had some idea of what his beats sounded like….lol.

  • ZONE D

    I’ve been in many battles with KNIFE he is definitely a “make a grown man cry” emcee just ask the folks in Jacksonville. Keep up the good work kid. Dope Sandwich is the strongest team!!

    dopesandwich.com

  • zero-cool

    DOPE SANDWICH!!!!
    C-PORT!!!!

  • Ms.Smith

    Excellent review of a dope album. It nailed all the cornerstones of Knife’s style, especially his battle rap foundations. As a witness to many a lyrical shredding at the hands of Knife, it’s nice to see MC’s with true skills get recognition, especially in a time where battle rap is under-appreciated.

    True heads represent!
    Dope Sandwich to the world!

  • Basik Lee

    As Always. Dope Sandwich Representing

  • Valis

    Cheers Knife!!! 87
    you can buy the album on http://www.dopesandwich.com

  • Ckopp

    just bought it on itunes… looking forward to hearing it.

  • Derrek

    hey… just heard it online… this shits pretty good

  • TaraHolt35

    If you are willing to buy a house, you would have to receive the home loans. Moreover, my father always takes a financial loan, which supposes to be really rapid.

  • jacrooked

    Nice work Knife. Dope Sandwich is on the rize!

  • Mcmaster

    Dope Sandwich and Knife are making some of the best lyrics for rap out there. Get the albums now!!!

  • CASTRO

    DOPE!!! Keep it up!