New Orleans' biggest rap export puts his contemporaries in the shade on inspired new mixtape
The Element Of Surprise
The first listen to [B]'The Element Of Surprise'[/B] meets with consternation....
However, anyone with the perseverance and a good ear will be rewarded with funny, sad tales of drug-dealing, murder threats, sex and all of the ghetto's colourful neighbourhood scenery.
As double LPs go, there's more padding here than a straitjacket, but the one constant is an expansive, burping brand of funk so mired in deep bass sounds and heavy electro beats that it's almost comic. Descriptions of poverty in a new version of The Commodores' 'Zoom' are lent gravitas by the way the track is electronically tampered with, and silly stuff like 'Lieutenant Roast A Botch' is made even more light-hearted by its sprightly backing. But the truth remains that an E-40 dictionary of slang couldn't be more welcome.
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