Not afraid to slow things down for the groovy, jazz-oriented "Dough"; mimic Funkadelic on the overproduced "Megabyte"; or preach resistance with poetic eloquence in "The Revolution," a track that features guest appearances by local rapper Darque Phoenix, Bloxson doesn't adhere to just one style. Like the best rap artists, say Wyclef Jean or Prince Paul, Bloxson embraces a variety of sounds. The lazy beats in "Live It to the Limit" let Bloxson show off his rapping skills and flow. On occasion, he ends up in well-traveled territory -- in "Freak Hoz," he writes about loose, gold-digging women and fancy cars while a cacophony of discordant moans roars in the background. And then there's "Big Blunts," a harsh, DMX-meets-Bone Thugs tribute to smoking pot that has chest-thumping vocals and an insipid refrain. Two live songs, "Just Ice" and "Strategic," sound so rough and clunky next to the well-produced studio tracks, they're clearly out of place and disrupt the flow of what is an otherwise solid debut.
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