Harder Than You

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Harder Than You
24-7 Spyz Harder Than You.jpg
Studio album by 24-7 Spyz
Released May 1989
Recorded December 1988 at Platinum Island Studios, New York City, New York
Genre Alternative rock
Funk rock
Hard rock
Heavy metal
Length 41:20
Label In-Effect
Producer Robert Musso
Jimi Hazel
24-7 Spyz chronology
Harder Than You
(1989)
Gumbo Millennium
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Harder Than You is the debut album from rap, metal, and funk pioneers 24-7 Spyz. The album contains elements of several genres and is the band's heaviest album. The group flirts with polka on "Tango Skin Polka," introspective political reggae on "Ballots Not Bullets," and speed metal with "Spill My Guts."

The band made a video for MTV with their cover of Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie." The song was also remixed into a dance version with extended electronic instrumental passages and was popular on the club circuit.

The album is widely regarded as a pioneering effort in the fusion of hip hop and heavy metal that would take place in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[citation needed] Like many 24-7 Spyz albums, the recording is out of print.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Grandma Dynamite" - 3:45 (Fluid/Hazel)
  2. "Jimi'z Jam" - 2:25 (Hazel)
  3. "Spyz Dope" - 2:50 (Fluid)
  4. "Social Plague" - 4:41 (Skatore)
  5. "I Must Go On" - 3:01 (Fluid)
  6. "Ballots Not Bullets" - 4:24 (Fluid)
  7. "Jungle Boogie" - 3:37 (Fluid/Kool & the Gang/Puelm)
  8. "Spill My Guts" - 3:37 (Fluid/Skatore/Hazel)
  9. "Sponji Reggae" - 3:53 (Rose)
  10. "Tango Skin Polka" - 1:28 (Fluid/Hazel)
  11. "Pillage" - 4:40 (Fluid/Hazel)
  12. "New Drug" - 2:55 (Fluid)

Personnel[edit]

  • Rick Skatore — Bass, Vocals (TV Repairman)
  • Anthony Johnson — Drums (Electrician)
  • P. Fluid — Thoughtman (Plumber)
  • Jimi Hazel — Guitars, Vocals (Carpenter)