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Burglaritis

by Wordburglar

BURGLARITIS combines Wordburglar's classic lyricism and stand-up comedy-style delivery covering topics as diverse as sex, video games, comic books, paper routes and hometown pride.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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2. The Wb
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3. Hat Trick
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4. Buttafly
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5. Breeze
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6. Sayin' Raps
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7. Scova Notions
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8. Eight Rappers & the Mason
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9. Word Owner
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10. Let's Get Romantical
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11. Slobberknocker
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12. Layman's Terms
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13. The Route
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14. Rhymes With I'm
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15. Hermaphromic
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16. Masonry
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17. Spit Fresh
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18. Cream of Wheat
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19. Fun Is Number One (Eat a Parrot)
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20. End Smartly
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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BIOGRAPHY:

Dubbed "a unique hybrid of Beastie Boys, Fresh Prince & Buck 65," SJ The Wordburglar has made a name for himself with his patented maritime charm and absurd sense of humour. A consummate performer, SJ is known for rocking shows and leaving crowds mesmerized with clever wordplay and crazy punchlines.

His latest release, BURGLARITIS, on Hand'Solo Records, combines his classic lyricism and stand-up comedy-style delivery with banging beats courtesy of frequent collaborators Beatmason, Fresh Kils and more. Covering topics as diverse as sex, video games, comic books, paper routes and hometown pride, BURGLARITIS is already being hailed as one of the most original and creative Canadian rap albums to date.

BURGLARITIS features collaborations with LA Symphony & Quannum Projects member Pigeon John, superstar producer Jorun Bombay (Buck 65, Classified), and Toronto indie sensation and Herbaliser associate member More or Les, as well as members of the Canadian underground crews Backburner and Alpha Flight.

Coming hot on the heels of last summer's release of The Wordburglar Vinyl EP, a collection of previously-released songs from his self-titled debut CD and tracks from the upcoming BURGLARITIS, Wordburglar has spent the last year making appearances on numerous compilations and albums, along with his animated appearance in “The Wordburglar” video, featured alongside videos by Guru, Atmosphere, and the Living Legends on the internationally released Preserving Effects #1 DVD out this summer, and being drawn into appearing in a comic book or two.

DISCOGRAPHY:

Albums:

Burglaritis CD (2006)
Wordburglar vinyl EP (2005)
Backburner - What Have You Done For Rap Lately? (2004)
SJ the Wordburglar (2003)

Compilation Appearances:

"Buttafly" - Jorun's Way (2005)
"Hat Trick" - Buttertubs Canadian Rap Comp (2005)
"64 Degrees of Separation" - Cross Country (2005)
"Wordburglar" - Bassments of Badmen: Volume 2 (2003)

EXCLAIM REVIEW:

Wordburglar
Burglaritis
It would be really nice if this cat starts to get some of the attention he deserves with this new release because Wordburglar has such a comically gifted flow that needs to be heard. This Nova Scotia poet’s lyrics are like Lord Finesse with ten times more “I’m this like that” analogies, and the way he tapes them together are really quite remarkable as Burgy gives numerous Toronto name drops from Osgoode subway station to Kelly Gruber’s triple plays. Even when it comes to the corny “Let’s Get Romantical” he somehow manages to work enough cleverness into his sex rhymes that you run along with it rather than roll your eyes. Added to the formula is the incredible production of Beatmason who is becoming one of the nicest beat makers in Canada right now as he delivers the goods on the majority of Burglaritis. This is nice because the album tends to sink a little when we don’t have the Wordburglar/Beatmason combination providing the vocal and musical highlights. Burglaritis clocks in at a somewhat hefty 70 minutes and there is definitely enough filler that could have easily been shed off to make it a tighter release, but the good moments definitely shine bright and one listen should have you locked onto Wordburglar’s highly entertaining flow. (Noel Dix)


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Draven

Take it from me
I thought I hated rap music and I never listened to an artist in the genre that I could take seriously until I listened to the Wordburglar. Let me clarify, this guy mostly raps about silly subjects and doesn't take himself seriously but the music itself should be paid attention. The way he crafts his vocal rythms around the beats and the hooks that he works into the songs are phenomenal and before I knew it I was rapping these songs while walking around during daily activities. Mainstream rap consists of barren walls of sound without any creativity or life shining through but you won't find any of that here, and this release has encouraged me to rethink my entire perception of the genre.

Wordburg, thanks for blowing my mind!

Adam McCormick


Great lyrics and smart. Lots of cultural references away from the mainstream. I mean, he mentions "Bleu Nuit". Fun to listen to for sure, and funny. Hope another album follows soon. Actually, I wish he'd put shows on more frequently.

Brad Stewart

I've caught Burglaritis and I hope they never find a cure!
This album has become one of my favorite cd's of all time, as I can listen to each track over and over and they never get old. It's a worth while purchase for any rap music fan or just a fan of canadian music in general. Simply a must have!

CD Baby


I'm not really sure when Nova Scotia began growing as a hub for independent hip hop, but it's clearly happening. If we needed more proof, here it is: A slickly twisted barrage of obscure words and dope beats that are tough to make a blanket classification on, which might be why it's so damn intriguing. The hooks are there, but it's the verses where these songs step out and shine. Tying together strings of syllables with more focus on witticism than narrative cohesion, the vocabulary is deep enough to warrant multiple listens. Thankfully, though, this is far from novelty rap, as the beats are sample heavy and there's records being cut up left and right. Adding to these elements that may serve to legitimize the music (some folks are such purists!), this cat can really work the mic, switching up his style countless times to mirror the music. While people may try and pigeonhole this as a "nerdcore" album, that may be selling it short. What we have is here is straight up enjoyable hip hop, and I don't think there's anything wrong with feeling the flow and leaving it at that.

BZ tha Beat Wizard

ak like ya no
Bold no holds barred hip hop......our music has come a long way...continue to push the envelope....7

Matthew Huddleston


Some real nice beats. Wordburglar is fun to listen to. He can be funny and sarcastic one song and serious the next (though most of the songs fall under the fun category). Hand Solo records releasing some nice material.

Special K

He's got receipts and shit
This CD makes me smile. Wordburglar truly does own his words, like he says in Word Owner, but he doesn't need "receipts and shit" because his metaphors and similes and rhymes are indisputably original. His collabo with More or Les on Spit Fresh is like a flashback to friendlier times in commercial hip-hop and makes me feel good every time I listen to it. Breeze with Pigeon John is aptly named and one for riding or maxin and relaxin at home, while Cream of Wheat is as much of a comfort song as its title suggests. This CD is a winner, both lyrically and production-wise, and whoever buys it will have it in heavy rotation straight away, laughing, playing, having fun, and enjoying some cool beats and riffs in the process.