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By Example

by Repeat Offenders

One of INDIE-MUSIC.COM's Top 25 Indie CDs of 2006. "Loaded with positive vibes and lyrics that don't require a Parental Advisory label, Repeat Offenders make throwback music for throwback folks." Featuring guest appearances by Jadox and Trulala.
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2. Understand
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3. I Found Her
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4. Building (featuring Jadox)
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5. Smooth Talker (featuring Trulala)
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6. Still Here
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7. Windows Down
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8. Be Strong
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9. Street Sweeper
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10. Rain Trickles Down
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11. I Believe
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12. Bounce To This
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13. This Life
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14. We Three
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15. Lineage
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17. Messages
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18. The Meaning Of Life
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
To carve their own niche in the world of urban music, the members of Repeat Offenders pride themselves on humility and their ability to captivate audiences with their “throwback” style of hip hop. These artists feel a deep obligation to the community, and to music in general, to avoid the overused song content of misogyny, violence, wealth, and drug use. Instead, on a quest to change the hip-hop landscape, Repeat Offenders’ emotional lyrics and performances attempt to expand this musical genre and address personal and social struggles that they and members of their community face.

The history of this group traces back to the Pennsylvania dormitories of Millersville University during the fall of 1993. The love for, and knowledge of, many musical genres brought Shawn Jacks (aka S.L.U.G.) and Matthew Kolb (aka Thrill) together, and they formed an instant bond. Soon after their introduction, Shawn introduced Matthew to Chris Hammond (aka Hip Hop), and the seeds had been planted. Over the next few years, Shawn began molding his own lyrical style, Matthew expanded his dj’ing to Millersville University’s radio station, and Chris’ produced his own, original pounding hip hop instrumentals to form the group’s compelling first album, Lyrical Incarceration. Repeat Offenders then produced and directed the video for the album’s first single, “Slugfest.” Although their first collaborative effort, the album "Lyrical Incarceration", lacked the financial backing and airplay push of a major label record, it laid the foundation for the realness that was to come.

Their follow-up, "By Example", was critically acclaimed and cemented their impact on the current state of hip-hop. An exemplary, cohesive collection of tracks all aimed at uplifting and espousing the everyday person, their second album also took a more personal tone and offered audiences and listeners a closer look at these artists and their daily lives. Centered on family, chock full of pensive, heartfelt lyrics as well as aggressive and undeniably powerful tracks, "By Example" is Repeat Offenders’ statement of accountability in hip hop. The release of this album saw Repeat Offenders creating quite a local buzz; but it was their live performances that earned them respect and appreciation amongst their peers. To date, Repeat Offenders has reached out to audiences in Costa Rica, Haiti, and Peru and rocked live shows in states like PA, NJ, DE, CT, NY, and MA, including an award-winning performance at the Rock Solid Pressure Showcase in Danbury, CT. The first single from By Example, “I Found Her,” was featured on the Feoh Records’ 2004 compilation, Summer Dying Fast, while other Repeat Offender tracks, like “Bounce To This” were included in the independent film project, Mary/Jane. The success of By Example culminated with it being named and honored as one of the Top 25 independent releases of 2006 (indie-music.com).

Most recently, they’ve blazed New York City stages like Mr. R’s "What’s Hot Radio Showcase" and lent their musical blessings to weddings, house parties, and Sweet 16 engagements. They’ve connected with the tremendously talented live quartet, The Big Dirty, and together these two entities take shows from individual performances to united celebrations of music. In addition to releasing the "Extended Family Mixtape", they’ve also shined on other ventures like "The Lyrical Skills Project" and South Hill Productions’ "Soul Sessions Volume 1". As these PA hip hop overachievers continue to hone their direction and refine their writing skills, listeners can rest assured that the aptly titled "On Purpose", their new album that is in production, is on the way and will be just as potent.



"By Example plays to its strengths -- diverse tones, heartfelt words about hip-hop...straight-forward, no-nonsense rhyming patterns focused on story-telling..."
-Richard Guerrero, TFC Records

"...there are some nasty beats on this joint - beats that show precision, innovation and time well spent, with a throwback appreciation for what has come before..."
-okayplayer.com

"Loaded with positive vibes and lyrics that don't require a Parental Advisory label, Repeat Offenders make throwback music for throwback folks."
-Derek Blackmon, Indie-Music.com

"The lyrics are just as witty and clever with bouncing rhymes that take charge of each song’s direction...By Example is a favorable suggestion that the best players in hip-hop aren’t found on BET or MTV."
-J-Sin, Smother.net

"...with poetic and conscious lyrics, Repeat Offenders manages to create a positively-vibed context-rich album that gives the listener an enjoyable relaxed feel."
-www.hiphoplinguistics.com


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Rob Worth

You gotta have this album!!
Street Sweeper and I Believe are songs that everyone should hear. SL has lyrics and flows most MC's shouldn't even think about testing. Thrill comes with a very deep song as well that will have you thinking. Very tight production, especially tracks done by 8BzaG. dosen't make 5 stars only because I really didn't like the beat on Rain Trickles Down.

Smurfy

Amazing!
Music as genuine as the artists who made it!

Cash Dniro A.M.P Ceo

RO is that reall hip hop
By Example is a Example to all artist tryin to get it done. This Cd is hot with Intelligent lyrics and Crisp Production. Buildin feat JaDOX is one to check for. If you dont own this album u should be Offended

The Derelict (from Undergound Elements)

Cop This Album!
The NEW RO album is dope! Everybody cop it before it's gone....

Stevie Keyz

Stevie likes it...
I think the tracks that stick out the most are "Rain Trickles Down", i get a morbid vibe from the beat and your lyrics follow the song thru out, its a really good track. then there are the TWO 1 minute long tracks, i thought Bounce to This was a bangin track man i didnt expect that sh*** from ya, it had me going but both those tracks seemed too short lol i wish they were longer. then theres our track "I Believe" which i think really stands out, it looks there was a verse added on that ididnt hear, the song sounds really complete now.

Badgerl

HipHop at its best!
HipHop at its best! a must buy!

Macabean the Rebel

No Comparison, Its one-of-a-kind artwork
Originality.....to me its what many failed to bring out when a so-called artist drops an album. Nowadays you go to ya local album store, and all you SEE, and HEAR are duplicated versions of a marketed idea. KRS-One said it best, things in REALITY ain't always REAL. But when I put my ears to this album, it brings out somethin' natural, somethin' exquisit, somethin' REAL, somethin'...ORIGINAL. This isn't some planned out blueprint or marketive idea from whut coporate america would do to sell and exploit. This is somethin' independently made, by ya average joes that know whut HIP-HOP is and know the state of mind of being starving. BY EXAMPLE from REPEAT OFFENDERS is somethin' that many heads should adapt there ear drums too. The album takes you on a trip, kinda reminded me like whut Common Sense's One Day it would All Make Sense Album did. I enjoyed listenin' to these tracks, with its laidback vibes, and realistic concepts like SMOOTH TALKER, and I BELIEVE. Or coming with its skills on defining whut is really hardcore, pointing out its incomparible differences like the track STREET SWEEPER, which happens to be one of my favorite ones, big up to 8bzag on that production. LINAGE, a track thats brings its storytelling technique in play, along with a dope beat by SL. And of course tracks with its own version of hard expirences and painting the mind on whut a struggle really is, on that track BE STRONG,which is another favorite of mine, also dope beat by Trauma King. Anyway, to many of ya'll exploring on whut hiphop music is really based on, don't subdue to buying crap that is as bitter as yearmonth made oatmeal and recycled garbage you find on TV. Expand ya horizon and go deep underground to expose a better truth and essence. I recommend this album most definetly to the heads. Peace to SL, Thrill, and HipHop on a sick release, peace and respect,1.

Derek Blackmon

"Hip-hop has a new face."
A photo of a mother bottle-feeding a baby in a 70s-era apartment becomes the first introduction to Repeat Offenders debut By Example, and from that moment forward, hip-hop has a new face. The image, reminiscent of Esther Rolle as the matriarch of poverty-stricken Cabrini-Green, is engrained on our subconscious, and at the same time this sounds like the hip-hop soundtrack to Good Times that never was. Loaded with positive vibes and lyrics that don't require a Parental Advisory label, Repeat Offenders make throwback music for throwback folks.

With interludes that create images of inner city America struggling to get ahead on deep pile shag carpet and Fat Albert cartoons, there are certainly comparisons to The Roots and Talib Kweli to be made, but the fact remains this is clearly separate and original. Tracks like "Building" fall back on Cooley High and Friday night life on the stoop, pouring some on the curb.

Where Kanye West spends $20,000 on a jacket for the Grammys and pouts when he doesn't win, Repeat Offenders aren't in it for the glory, just the message. The RO weren't weaned in private schools and they make no bones about it. There's no glory in winning here, it comes with playing the game.

"Smooth Talker" has a bass line that's as groovy as Digable Planets' "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" and found its way into my iPod quicker than a Sugarhill Gang bootleg. "Be Strong" features a sample of Jerry Butler's "Only the Strong Survive" that sends this one through the stratosphere. There's no reason why this track should go unnoticed.

"Rain Trickles Down" and "I Believe" are strong in context and self-exploration that are only found in the earliest tracks of Boogie Down Productions. What highlights this album the most is what it doesn't have: sexist, tacky intermissions that permeate commercial releases. No need. Respect creates glory. Something Mystikal and Ludacris apparently don't understand.

DIY hip-hop may just be making its mark, but Repeat Offenders are well on the way to becoming innovators of a still completely unformed genre and possibly becoming forefathers of a new breed of music-making.

J-Sin

Editor's Pick - Repeat Offenders: By Example
I reviewed their “This Is R.O.” EP about a year or so ago and enjoyed its upswing away from stagnant hip-hop. Repeat Offenders continue to break away from the mold of typical mainstream hip-hop by offering a completely refreshing take on production. The lyrics are just as witty and clever with bouncing rhymes that take charge of each song’s direction. Blending intricate samples with rhythmic beats and hard slashing cuts, “By Example” is a favorable suggestion that the best players in hip-hop aren’t found on BET or MTV.

masterofself

showing how it should be done, instead of just talking bout it
Review of Repeat Offenders – By Example


A repeat offender is someone who is charged with the same crime more than once, but what about when the crime is being real. In today’s hip hop game, it seems like it’s more of a crime for an MC to speak from the heart, than to rap about the crimes he committed. By Example is earnest compilation of tracks inspired by real world experiences, lyrical dexterity and passion.

The majority of mic time is held down by R O front man S.L. AKA super lyrical underground giant, or S.L.U.G. Other production and vocals are provided by Thrillmatic and Hip Hop. Early on, SL shows his unique style on “I Found Her” and “Smooth Talker” by making tracks inspired by love without one mention of skeeting, phat asses, or “tossin dollas.” The lovely vocals of Miss Trulala accompany “Smooth Talker” and “The Meaning of Life.” SL is at his best though when he is speaking on inspirational topics backed by authentic situations, or just destroying the facades that are prevalent in the game. “Street Sweeper” is a direct showcase of raw talent and disgust for what’s going on in the game. The true gem of this album can be found on “I Believe,” filled with poignant passionate rhymes that will definitely captivate the soul.

Versatility is also shown throughout this disk. “Bounce To This” is a quick display of SL kicking it with a fast bounce flow. Breaking it down with the ability to tell a story relating to what he envisions everyday, SL informs you to put your “Windows Down” and listen to the sound of the street. “Jamaica Jawn” is a light hearted almost party type of good day track to break up the seriousness of other cuts.

The main slight in this project is in the production, the majority of beats are average at best, but some are mediocre. Sometimes it a piano that’s out of place (“Rain Trickles Down”), weird tracking of sounds (“Messages”), or just overall unimpressive phasing of tones (“This Life”). SL is strong mc with a charismatic approach, who doesn’t stray too far away from his strong points. Besides a few haphazard lines here and there, he is totally capable of being captain of his crew. The moments when SL isn’t doing his thing on the mic can be skipped, but that’s far and few between.

Repeat Offenders is hoping that with the release of By Example, they can show how it should be done, instead of just talking about it. Using creativity and pride to craft a track instead of glorifying gun toting, womanizing, and drug dealing is clearly absent from the majority of artist nowadays, especially those hoping to move some units. R.O. is here now, and as stated on “Building” featuring Jadox, they’re “coming thru your hood like tanks thru ice sculptures.” You should definitely pick up By Example, and give it some rotations as an alternative to the inundation of bullshit that’s prevalent out there. There’s no doubt, Repeat Offenders has done it again.
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