STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 29164-12948 LABEL: Flicker 083061086022 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-10-31 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
T-Bone brings renowned west coast/Latino flavours (eg, "Ride Wit Me" with a Snoop Dog flava and "Blazin Mics"). He also brings his classic rap double-timing ("Wipe Your Tears"). On this, his latest project, T-Bone serves up some old and new beats in a west-coast laid-back rider of an album. 'Bone-Appetit' is a showcase of T-Bone over the last six years and a glimpse into the future too. We find tracks from previous albums, brought together to give an all-round mix of T-Bone's lyrical skills and vibes. We start with the bassy and momentous "Follow T" which sets the tone for the album and drops a crunky club banger as T-Bone represents and leaves his calling card. Various issues are confronted, along with personal cries such as "Can I Live". T-Bone features some new tracks, including the outstanding hip-hop worship tune, "Sing Your Praise", mixing up various world influences in a Caribbean, Arabic and Latino fusion. This comes in English and Spanish versions, for completion. One of my favourite tracks is the downtempo "Wipe Your Tears" which really spoke to me and provides another hip-hop worship track. There are the usual great assortment of club bangers, such as "Let That Thang Go" and the more dirty south styled "Shake Ya Body". We even have humour with "Pentecostal Horse Racing". A clever touch (reminiscent of KJ-52?) is the excellent "Name Droppin" with T-Bone cramming dozens of Christian artists into a rap guaranteed to get Christian radio play.
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Take the best of the music legend’s last three albums, add some exclusive, sought-after tracks and mix in a few new tasty surprises and you have a more-than-generous sonic feast from T-Bone. Its diverse eighteen-track menu, which draws from his albums 'The Last Street Preache' and 'Bone-A-Fide' will satisfy the largest of fan appetites with exotic and experimental influences ranging from Latin, Arabic, Indian, Caribbean and even Gypsy sounds.
The heart behind Bone Appétit! Servin’ Up Tha Hits was to 'capture the best of the last six years for fans,' says T-Bone. As the ninth album in the music pioneer’s fi fteen-year recording career, it also represents a rich journey of growth through 'struggles and triumphs and good and bad times.' One of the gems of the album is the new Latin/Caribbeanflavoured dance gem, 'Sing Your Praises' (featuring Natalie LaRue and Mark Stuart of Audio Adrenaline) which is exclusively available in both English and Spanish on Bone Appétit. Another song on this album that is not available on a previous album is the fan favourite 'Raised In Harlem' from 'Hero: The Rock Opera'. T-Bone shows the fun side of his lyrical brilliance on the comical Pentecostal Horse Racing as well as on the Christian artist-based new song 'Name Droppin’', featuring Eric Dawkins.
'My plan for the future is to continue to use all the gifts and talents God has given me and do more movies, more music and more books,' says the tireless T-Bone.