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"Crafty lyricism exemplifies this release by the guys from Portland, with the infectious zeal for hip-hop that’s as instantly apparent and possessive of endurance as true as that of another famous Oregonian, runner Steve Prefontaine."
"Culture Shock's merry rhymes and soulful production are a sure shot for rap scholars."
"With an excellent sophomore effort featuring guest spots from Talib Kweli, Abstract Rude, Rob Swift, and DJ Wicked, I have a feeling they are going to enter the lexicon of hip hop fans everywhere."
"This album stands strong, and will likely pull Animal Farm into the quick-moving waters of the hip-hop mainstream."
"Talib Kweli jumped on this soulful track with Portland’s hip-hop kings Animal Farm with predictably strong results. If they keep growing joints like this down on the farm, the Pacific Northwest could be a new mecca for true-school rap."
“Animal Farm is the star hip-hop group of their local Portland/Eugene, Oregon... The crew takes their craft seriously by devising some pretty original lines like, “My service is to keep the party right like conservatives.”... The animated Animal Farm achieves a classically feel-good tone...”
"Portland shines yet again with GenErik on soulful, retro-sounding production and a crew of MCs, including a guest spot from KRS-One. Lovely!"
“Gen.Erik, known in the Oregon hiphop community primarily for his punchline-laced rap verses, makes a name for himself here as one of the best producers from our state... With an effort like this out of the gate, it's a fair bet that these four emcees won't be unknown for long.”
“The group’s passion for their work is shown vividly in “The Unknown,” and it won’t be too long before Animal Farm becomes a favorite among hip hop heads.”
“...rising regional stars Animal Farm, who quickly are making a name for themselves... Animal Farm is a playful and socially conscious collective that will tingle your mind (and sometimes your funny bone) as well as move your body.”
“The Unknown, serves up sweet hip-shakers with a sense of humor, without the repetitious beats characteristic of novice emcees... an energetic, incredibly entertaining live show”
“...with Animal Farm’s irresistibly danceable beats, charming stage presence and cunning wordplay, it’s no wonder that they’ve managed to wriggle into the hearts of Northwest hip hop fans so quickly.”
“It took a trip to New York for two staples of the Pacific Northwest hip-hop scene to meet... A few degrees of separation later, Erik Abel, the head of Focused Noise Records, started talking to his Seattle counterpart at Sportn' Life Records...”
“The Unknown is all aces in the beats department... and I’m already looking forward to Animal Farm’s next move.”