Label: Mercury - none • Format: CDr Album, Numbered • Country: UK & Europe • Genre: Hip Hop • Style: Pop Rap
Born too late to appreciate fully the golden era of the West Coast hip-hop genre, year-old Los Angeles MC Dijon Thames Shariffaka Mannnow seems on a mission to bring the dominant urban sound of the early '90s back to life, with his unashamedly retro debut album, Mann's World. Rotem who provides his annoying signature siren Dance The Night Away - Mann - Manns World several Dance The Night Away - Mann - Manns World its ten tracks may have cited the likes of The Chronic and Doggystyle as its major influences, but despite the presence of Snoop Dogg on the Mark Morrison -sampling G-funk of "The Mack" and a high-pitched synth riff pinched from "Nuthin' But a G Thang" on the biographical tale "Gold Herringbone," it has very little in common with the tough-talking gangster and stoner rap of his idols.
Instead, it's a carefree pure party record that evokes the self-deprecating hip-hop of Skee-Lothe more cartoonish output of Coolioand at times the sample-heavy pop-rap of Will Smith. Indeed, Mann certainly isn't afraid to plunder the similar jukebox of sounds as the latter, even if he does appear to be slightly tentative about doing anything remotely inventive with it.
Smooth 's "They Reminisce Over You," are both infectious, glossily produced affairs but would undoubtedly lose most of their impact without their rather obvious samples, while "Get It Girl," an unsurprisingly heavily Auto-Tuned collaboration with T-Painmakes the Crazy Frog 's cover of Jan Hammer 's Beverly Hills Cop theme appear subtle. However, Mann is capable Panic In Pig Park - Ex-Cult - Negative Growth producing equally feel-good results without resorting to lifting such hefty chunks of classic material.
Mann 's first offering is occasionally as uninspiring as his name, but ironically, for a record so firmly stuck in the '90s, it's still a breath of fresh air in a commercial hip-hop scene that lately appears to have abandoned its roots.
Genre Rap. Track Listing. Mann's Intro. Gold Herringbone. The Mack. Buzzin Remix. Wanna Go Back. Get It Girl. Dance the Night Away. Shaded Up Chillin'. Text [Bonus Track]. Spotify Amazon.
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