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SCANNERS (nacirema and dr. gonzo) / Press

“Enter Scanners nine2. A couple years have passed, the guys working almost without break, while the good Doctor expanded his reach to work with many of Louisville and Southern Indiana’s hungrier emcees. Highlights are many: Skate has a shuffling percussion and soulful hum that sounds like 89-degree weather. Forgone Conclusion may be the pinnacle, a bluesy instrumental that acts as a cooling-off point to rehydrate after Nacirema’s fire. If there’s a complaint anywhere in the proceedings, is that nine2 may be too much of a good thing, the intensity a bit exhausting after 18 tracks; though, if asked where to cut, I’d be as hard pressed as the disc’s creators.”

“Nacirema is one of the nastiest emcees in this city. He eats microphones like they’re power pellets and he’s being chased by ghosts. Dr. Gonzo is likewise one of the strongest producers in town; his palate that of true-school-era hip-hop, samples and big drums.”

“The best hip hop record in Louisville last year was Scanners self-titled CD. Funny thing is, the closer you listen to it, the more significant it sounds. Producer Dr. Gonzo adds just enough grit to his beats while emcee Nacirema lets his words marinate in it.”

“One of the first “Scanners” tracks I heard was “Fade Machine”. After hearing this song I knew these cats didn’t play around in the studio. When I listen to Hip Hop it always starts with the beats for me. As a MC, this is one of those beats I wish I got to rock. Weird syths mixed with jazzy keys and horns. I was sold. Nacirema comes in and holds his own. His flow rides the beat lovely with a strong voice and stylish wordplay.”

“(On being chosen to be on the list for top 5 Hip Hop cd's of the year (globaly, not locally)..."Scanners gets placement with a McGwire asterisk, in that it is so new to me that time will tell if this has the kind of staying power to remain one of the best of ’09. For the short time I’ve had this disc, I’ve returned to it countless times, and it has made this entire list difficult, because every time I reach for another disc to see if it belongs here, I would, in most cases, rather be listening to Scanners. A great feat for any album. An amazing feat for a local." ”

" Nacirema has been making records locally for a few years, slowly building a following for his abstract rhymes, clear voice and obvious love for the culture. Indiana’s Dr. Gonzo provides a bed of classic true-school boom rap, spiced with samples both well-known and obscure, all with the overlying concept lifted from the horror movie of the same name. Eighteen tracks including three instrumentals come together for one of the more enjoyable efforts of the year. Unexpected excellence."