Favorite

Friday, June 19, 2009

6/21: Mims

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM

“Now there’s a whole museum of Hov MCers/Everybody’s dupin’ the flow,” Jay-Z bragged on “The Bounce,” 2002’s The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse. Little did he know the museum wouldn’t be shutting down anytime soon. A few years later, rapper/producer Shawn Mims made the scene with “This Is Why I’m Hot,” an ephemeral, hopscotching-through-various-rap-production-styles single; the accompanying album, Music Is My Savior, was essentially Jay-Z lite. Jay-Z and Mims are both N.Y.C. natives, so there’s a possibility that the similarities in their rapping styles are purely geographical. But while a more confident artist might have done everything in his power to distinguish himself, Mims seems hell-bent on turning himself into Jigga’s creased carbon copy. The flattery-by-imitation continues unabated on his new album, Guilt, where Mims presents himself as a hardened gangsta. “Move (If You Wanna)” finds our protagonist flaunting shopworn clichés to establish his dominance and ad libbing his name: “Love Rollercoaster” is a thematic retread of Pharrell and Kanye West’s “Number One” — itself a rewiring of too many my-girl’s-lonely-because-I’m-out-hustling b-sides to list here — peppered with “ah-ah-alrights” stolen from Jay-Z’s “American Gangster.” The rest — from “On and On” to “Makin’ Money” — is similarly bland filler, which is saying something. The show starts at 6 p.m. at Peabody’s (2045 E. 21st St., 216.776.9999). Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show. — Ray Cummings

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Calendar

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

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

Facebook Activity

© 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