BOOTLEG - DEATH BEFORE DISHONESTY
PROD: VARIOUS. RELATIVITY REC.
Ay this guys voice is familiar. Oh yeah this is that guy from Dayton Family,
whatshisname, Ira Dorsey. How long has it been since I heard that debut
of theirs. Thats beside the point. Here we focus on homeboys solo album.
Gotta let you know that I'm not hating it. Althought the subject matter
is nothing new, these selections still caught my attention. The title
track, "celebrate" is where Bootleg celebrates the perks of attaining
cheddar by illegal means. There's an interlude midway thru this
song after which the track changes for the last verse. Some unexpected
shit and nice too.
"Zoom" is a slow paced ode to blunt smoking and here tha soul influence
overruns the cut complete with guitar licks a nice bassline and even some
singing in the hook, that makes me wanna dig up all the souls greats.
A surprise guest in the form of Ras Kass pops up on "Sophisticated Thugs",
needless to say this gives the album a bit of a boost. Breed creeps up
on "No Future" and "Setup" unfortunately is the last song that could hold
my attention before the tired gangsta, sex and drugs theme became too
much to handle. Homey does have some type of story telling abilities though
but honestly nothing has changed except his name. Lets see if this one
moves the rest of the hip hop kingdom.