Hed PE (album)

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Hed PE
Hed p.e. cover.jpg
Studio album by (həd)pe
Released August 12, 1997 (1997-08-12)
Genre Hardcore punk,[1] hip hop,[1][2] nu metal[1]
Length 58:49
Label Jive
Producer T-Ray
Hed PE chronology
Church of Realities
(1995)Church of Realities1995
(həd)pe
(1997)
Broke
(2000)Broke2000
Singles from (həd)pe
  1. "Ground"
    Released: August 26, 1997
  2. "Serpent Boy"
    Released: November 4, 1997

Hed PE (stylized as (həd)pe) is the debut album by the American rap rock band Hed PE. Released on August 12, 1997, the album marked a significant turning point in the fusion of rock and hip hop music for its densely textured hardcore punk driven sound, which the band described as "G-punk". This sound has been credited as shaping the emerging nu metal genre.

The album's production, motivated by drug use, saw the band incorporate elements of reggae, industrial music, funk, jazz and heavy metal.

In spite of the album's later influence on other bands, it was a financial disappointment for Jive Records, which was more known for hip hop, R&B and pop music and had never marketed a rock band before Hed PE.

Production[edit]

The album was produced by T-Ray, who had previously produced Snot's Get Some.[1]

An uncredited Sen Dog of Cypress Hill performed vocals on the hook of "IFO".[1]

The artwork was drawn by the band's turntablist, Doug Boyce alias DJ Product©1969, who had previously drawn artwork for Sublime.[1]

Guitarist Wesstyle credits the use of amphetamines as impacting the band's hectic playing on this album. "The big difference between the first record and [subsequent records] was a speed driven tempo. It’s hard to say it, but I got some good out of it [doing amphetamines]. I would play guitar for eight hours straight and I learned other shit, that was good for me."[1]

While generally allowing the band creative control over the album's production, Jive Records requested that the song "Sinto", recorded during the sessions, be removed from the album for its anti-Christian lyrical content.[1]

Composition[edit]

Music[edit]

The songs "Ground", "Firsty", "Darky", "Schpamb" and "Hill" were re-recorded from the band's debut EP, Church of Realities,[1][3] the song "P.O.S." appeared on a demo tape entitled Chaos in Clear Detail .[1]

The album's musical style largely draws from hardcore punk,[1] it has been described by Allmusic as melodic punk and hip hop,[2] while the band coined the neologism "G-punk" to describe its sound.[1] DJ Product©1969 was credited by Beat Dust as having been the first to incorporate turntablism into rock music,[1] and the band's sound as having a major influence on the nu metal genre.[1]

In addition to the strong hip hop influences, Hed PE also incorporated elements of metal, funk, reggae, jazz and industrial music.[1][2][4]

Sampling[edit]

The song "Darky" samples the Dead Kennedys' guitar riff from the ending of "When Ya Get Drafted", a song from the album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.[1] "Ken 2012" samples Brand Nubian's "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down".[1]

Lyricism[edit]

Beatdust describes Jared Gomes' lyrics as being abstract stream of consciousness based rap flows that could be perceived by listeners as being unfocused,[1] a criticism that was assigned to the band's music by Allmusic.[2]

"Ground", according to Beatdust, criticizes consumer culture and organized religion.[1]

Release[edit]

The album was a financial disappointment, selling over 100,000 copies,[1][5] the label was not equipped to market the album, due to its background in hip hop music, pop music and R&B, as the label had never promoted a rock band.[1]

Due to the label's contractual terms and the disappointing sales of the album, the band found themselves unable to repay the cash advances given to them by Jive. Jared Gomes is quoted as saying "We had these romantic visions of the music industry, and we thought it would be cool to be a punk band on a rap label. So we fulfilled that dream, but it was also probably the worst thing that could have happened. [...] We've had offers from Sony and others that we can't take because we owe Jive so much money."[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Beatdust (favorable)[1]

In his review of the album, Allmusic's Steve Huey wrote that "There are some slow and/or unfocused moments [...] but overall, its aggression will probably play well with late-'90s metal and punk fans."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "P.O.S." Geer/Shaine 3:13
2. "Ground" Geer/Shaine 2:32
3. "Serpent Boy" Geer/Shaine 5:50
4. "Firsty" Geer/Shaine 2:32
5. "Tired of Sleep (T.O.S.)" Geer/Shaine 3:51
6. "Darky" Geer/Shaine/Benekos 5:22
7. "Schpamb" Geer/Shaine 3:05
8. "Ken 2012" Geer/Shaine/Vaught/Benekos/Boyce/Young 5:08
9. "Circus" Geer/Shaine 2:06
10. "33" Geer/Shaine/Vaught 4:06
11. "Hill" Geer/Shaine/Vaught/Young 4:04
12. "IFO" Geer/Shaine/Vaught/Benekos/Boyce/Young 4:56
13. "Bitches" Geer/Shaine 11:57

Personnel[edit]

  • Jared Gomes — lead vocals
  • Wesstyle — guitars
  • Chizad — guitars, vocals
  • Mawk — bass
  • B.C. — drums and percussion
  • DJ Product ©1969 — turntables

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v http://www.beatdust.com/mixed-media-slang/mixed-media-slang-hed-pe-self-titled-1997/
  2. ^ a b c d e f Huey, Steve. "Hed PE - Hed PE". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Owen, Arrissia (November 25, 1999). "Not So Hed, Not so (pe)". OC Weekly. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Boehm, Mike (October 29, 1996). "Mix of Rap, Punk Portends hed Start". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Moss, Corey. "(hed)pe Add Hip-Hop, Funk To Metal On Sophomore LP". VH1. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "(Hed) P. E. - (hed) pe (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1999-10-07. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ "(hed)pe.net". Hedpe.net. Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-02-21.