Lyrically, Bumpivity is almost as on-point as its production, though there is the occasional misstep. The deep, personal lyrics delivered by ASJ Islam on "What If" can get away with the obligatory reference to Tupac, but not the very next cut, "That's the Game." This danceable track is already reminiscent of Digital Underground, so the Pac reference reeks of overkill (the Notorious B.I.G. sample didn't help, either). This aside, does Chop Shop represent? Yes. There are enough Cleveland shout-outs crammed into this disc to choke Mike White -- who, by the way, gets a Chop Shop shout. The name-dropping is occasionally funny, though. Ask MC Brains.
All told, Bumpivity does a decent job of illustrating the Shop's creativity and breadth, swinging from the storytelling style of "White Lady" to the poetic ghetto romantic vibe of "Inner Blaze" to the hard rock sound of "Stress." The album's only glaring weakness is its lack of catchy hooks. This, in the end, makes identifying a standout, favorite track difficult. But then again, maybe that's the point.
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