Hannicap Circus

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Hannicap Circus
Bizarre Hannicap Circus Album.jpg
Studio album by Bizarre
Released June 28, 2005
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre
Length 69:17
Label
Producer
Bizarre chronology
Attack of the Weirdos
(1997)
Hannicap Circus
(2005)
Blue Cheese & Coney Island
(2007)
Singles from Hannicap Circus
  1. "Rockstar"
    Released: 2005

Hannicap Circus is the debut studio album by American rapper Bizarre, it was released on June 28, 2005. Guest appearances include Eminem, Kon Artis, King Gordy, Devin the Dude, Big Boi, Erick Sermon, Young Miles, Sindee Syringe, stic.man, Obie Trice, Dion, Raphael Saadiq and D12.

Hannicap Circus is a huge reflection of Bizarre's rap persona and stage presence and yet many of the songs carry important subject matter, a bit of Bizarre's past and talking about the state of hip-hop. The album peaked at number 48 on the Billboard 200, selling 21,000 copies for the first week.[1] It spawned only one single: "Rockstar".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 44/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club Unfavorable[4]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[5]
RapReviews 8/10[6]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
The Situation 2.5/5 stars[8]
Spin 2.5/5 stars (C-)

Hannicap Circus received mixed reviews from music critics who were less than enthusiastic with Bizarre's brand of humor and drama. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 reviews from mainstream critics the album received an average score of 44, based on 8 reviews.[2]

AllMusic's David Jeffries praised the album for its beats and lyrical content that were more akin to a better produced Insane Clown Posse, calling it "solid, filthy, fun, and everything else that you'd want from a less nimble Kool Keith."[3] Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews found Bizarre's brand of demented shock humor entertaining and is complemented with appropriate production and a cast of equally game featured artists, concluding that "for fans of D12 and/or Hunter S. Thompson, Hannicap Circus is one crazy trip through the mind of a lunatic."[6]

Usman Sajjid of The Situation felt that the material was hampered by the beats and lyricism lacking energy, concluding that "With a moderate effort from D12’s Bizarre, ‘Hannicap Circus’ may have just exceeded expectations of rap listeners not expecting a strong album."[8] Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian said that the album had potential to be a competent horrorcore effort but was weighted down by Bizarre wanting it to be both humorous and dramatic with neither side fully delivering, concluding that, "Hannicap Circus is the last thing you'd expect from a fat, shower-cap-wearing, nipple-rubbing son of a bitch: boring."[5] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club heavily criticized Bizarre for his monotonous delivery over subject matter that fails to gain laughs, saying that "anyone who doesn't find the topics of pedophilia, drug abuse, or incest innately hilarious will find Hannicap Circus rough going."[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

"Gospel Weed Song" is featured during the credits of Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer Length
1. "Public Service Announcement" (Intro)   0:26
2. "Intro" (featuring Young Miles) PMG 1:38
3. "Gospel Weed Song"   Shea 3:35
4. "Fuck Your Life" (featuring Sindee Syringe) Mr. Porter 4:29
5. "Fat Father" (Skit)   1:46
6. "Let the Record Skip" (featuring Young Miles) PMG 2:45
7. "I'm In Love Witchu"   Hi-Tek 2:44
8. "Rockstar"   Eminem 3:01
9. "Ghetto Music" (featuring Swifty McVay, King Gordy, and stic.man) Sicknotes 4:33
10. "Life Styles" (Skit) [Torrey Holloway])   1:22
11. "I'm So Cool"   Mike Chav 4:18
12. "Porno Bitches" (featuring Devin the Dude, Big Boi, and Kon Artis) Mr. Porter 4:38
13. "Crush on You"   Sol Messiah 2:54
14. "Bad Day"   Erick Sermon 5:08
15. "I Need A Friend"   Silent Riot 2:57
16. "One Chance"   J Thrill 4:03
17. "Hip Hop" (featuring Eminem) Hi-Tek 4:31
18. "Doctor Doctor" (featuring Obie Trice and Dion) Hi-Tek 3:43
19. "Coming Home" (featuring Raphael Saadiq and Kuniva) Raphael Saadiq 3:46
20. "Nuthin' at All" (featuring D12) Mr. Porter 4:28
21. "Scooby Doo" (Japan Bonus Track Feat Syndee)   2:42

Note: On the edited Version, all skits were cut and it left only 17 tracks. Also all profanity was blanked on the edited version with the exception of "Fuck Your Life", which allegedly contained backmasking.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117925533?refcatid=16&printerfriendly=true
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for Hannicap Circus by Bizarre". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Hannicap Circus - Bizarre". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Rabin, Nathan (July 27, 2005). "Hannicap Circus". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (June 24, 2005). "CD: Bizarre, Hannicap Circus". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Juon, Steve 'Flash' (June 28, 2005). "Feature for June 28, 2005 - Bizarre's "Hannicap Circus"". RapReviews. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ Hoard, Christian; Ringen, Jonathan (June 30, 2005). "Hannicap Circus : Review". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on July 14, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Sajjid, Usman. "Bizarre - Hannicap Circus". The Situation. Archived from the original on December 4, 2005. Retrieved August 30, 2015.