Favorite

Mick Boogie Presents Al Fatz 

Expect the Unexpected (MySpace.com/AlFatz)

942232.0.jpeg
Al Fatz is the latest Cleveland rapper to ink a major label deal. This Mick Boogie-assisted mixtape is a teaser for Al's proper debut for Atlantic and features an MC whose obvious Biggie infatuation is given a new twist: Al breaks into the kind of Midwest swing that Nelly swiped from Bone Thugs.

However, parts of this mixtape are a slog. The hater-hating intro alone will have you checking your watch to make sure it's keeping time in minutes, not years. The LeBron anthem "Callin' All the Shots" is a crunk-inflected duet with Paul Wall that's as disappointingly sluggish as the Cavs' Finals performance. The definitive statement is Al's "Came Down," a monstrous combo of beat, chant, and insidious three-note piano riff. If there isn't more where that came from, MIMS will have company on the one-hit-wonders-of-2007 list.

Speaking of CD Review

Latest in Band of the Week

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble @ Cleveland Museum of Art

    • Sun., Dec. 4
  • CIM/CWRU Joint Music Program @ Cleveland Museum of Art

    • First Wednesday of every month. Continues through May 3
  • DeRay Davis @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Thu., Dec. 8

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation