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Releases of the Week: Flo Rida & Bow Wow by zegoldst
April 5, 2009, 10:05 pm
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Flo Rida – R.O.O.T.S.

People may say that Flo Rida is “just another commericial rapper” but the difference is that Flo Rida knows what he is. He’s after  fame and fortune. This hit-making machine is, although I hate to say it, just what hip-hop needs. After the long drought of good hip-hop it’s nice to hear  someone’s still making it.

R.O.O.T.S. doesn’t contain anything different from his first album and if you like Mail on Sunday, you’re sure to like this. The album has some great dance tracks; three singles have already been released.
The single “Right Round” is incredibly catchy and drifts around with techno beats and synthesizers, backing up Flo Rida’s voice. It’s not the greatest song in the world but its a commercial dance hit.

The album lacks incredible frills but it’s what you should expect from this southern-based rapper. Flo Rida is at that point in his career where he solidified his place as a commercial rapper and seems fine with it.

R.O.O.T.S. is an active album you need to do move to. I don’t think I could siit down and do work to it. 

Best Track: “Sugar” feat. Wynter

bowwow_money Bow Wow – New Jack City, Pt. II

I wish I could tell you that with his latest release Bow Wow has grown into a legitimate rapper worthy of competing with the best. But I can’t.  He just isn’t ready. The album is good in many ways, but Bow Wow just isn’t ready to grow up.
New Jack City, Pt. II has tight beats and Bow Wow hooks up with familiar faces such as Jermaine Dupri.  On “Roc the Mic” Bow Wow and Dupri reminisce about old times and what the future brings.  The beat is composed of snaps, clicks and the occasional scratch.  But it seems to be a bit too simple for what the song is trying to convey.  It feels as if Bow Wow can’t rap about anything other than money and “hoes”.
“You Can Get It All” – probably the best track on the album – blows a wave of fresh air through the album with its R&B melodies and smooth flow. It proves that he is mature enough to move beyond the days when he rapped about basketball and sang next to Jessica Simpson.  Bow Wow channels Lil’ Wayne with occasional laughs and a choppy flow.
Some tracks show that if Bow Wow wanted to get out of commercial success for a while he could make something really good, if not great.  But it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon. It’s time to suck it up and live with what he gave us. 

Best Track: “You Can Get It All

-Zach Goldstein

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