Release Date: May 17, 2011
Record label: Focused Noise Productions
Culture Shock is the second full-length album from Portland, Oregon-based crew Animal Farm, following 2008’s debut The Unknown. The new record has a handful of guests and an up-and-coming producer, but what matters are the grooves, the beats and the lyrics, and the band comes through on all fronts. “Down to Business” uses twangy guitar and a rising bassline to underline its message of mainstream hip-hop’s infleunce on its audience.
From their group name to their city of origin, there’s nothing particularly flashy about the Portland quartet Animal Farm. In fact, save a listen from their 2008 (conveniently-titled) album The Unknown, and chances are you wouldn’t recognize Hanif Wondir, Fury, Gen.Erik or Serge Severe if you walked passed one of them on the street. With that said, Hip Hop is better to be heard rather than seen.