Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Professor Griff [extended]

  • Pawns in the Game [Luke, 1990] C
  • Blood of the Profit [Lethal, 1999] D
  • And the Word Became Flesh [The Right Stuff, 2001] Dud

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Professor Griff and the Last Asiatic Disciples: Pawns in the Game [Luke, 1990]
Of course he's serious; who could doubt it? Griff's problem (one of them, I mean) is that he's too serious--Chuck D. is too serious, and Chuck is Kid if not Play by comparison. What little pleasure contaminates this music is like a Stryper solo, or a folksinger who's decided a drummer might bring his or her message to the masses--aping Chuck or biting the Last Poets, Griff's a lame, and the Lads are followers. Even the list of U.S. war crimes, the strongest dumbass leftist moment in a scattershot analysis, is compromised by his praise for Khomeini and Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings. And though he adjudges the universal price code a tool of the Great Satan, he didn't have the clout or the principle to keep it off his package. C

Blood of the Profit [Lethal, 1999]
Begins with indisputable documentary evidence that race-mixing is a Communist Party plot. Gets worse. D

And the Word Became Flesh [The Right Stuff, 2001] Dud