STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 156378-23003 LABEL: Puntanious Entertainment FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Andrew Midgley
We do not need mid-album seals of approval from other rappers. Deacon Bosston gives us a minute of his time to big up Puntin, AKA Greg Cooks, on "Deacon Bosston Speaks" (ftg Deacon Bosston), and while he may well be right in that Puntin has been "such a blessing", he ought to have let Puntin speak for himself because the Texan gospel-rapper has improved considerably since last time around. "Supernova", for example, is a much more credible conversion account than all the offerings from previous album 'Gold'; Puntin's objection to would-be detractors that he "couldn't run no mo'" from Jesus matching with hip-hop sensibilities of affected laziness even while the track remains earnest from the insistent break at its back. "Money Money Money" and "Polo" (ftg Lil Eke and Lsg) are not as good - their rent-a-bassline bomb beats keep them more on the soporific side of lazy - but energy is still present in the cameos and "Polo"'s guitar track. There's a new knowing to Cooks' lyrics, too. "If I"'s refrain ("If I talk about dope I probably sell a million") perfectly digs at the mainstream, Puntin popping his message of faith in the middle 8 - "Jesus came down and he paid the price for you/The devil's a liar and he's trying to kill you" - at such a speed that it makes for a well-judged mockery of the industry: I'll say this fast because it's too edgy for you. Cooks could still do without the "bananas" quirks (although he has at least removed the banana drink from his online shop) if he is to make good on his claim, on "Keep That Extra", that Lecrae isn't the only top-notch Christian rapper out there, but last time around he was more unwisely making comparisons between himself and Kanye West. Now he is on an upward trajectory worth watching.
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