Review by: Mut ‘mutdiggy’ Asheru
There’s no contesting the fact that you’re gonna get some smart, witty and amazing lyrical play when you put a Dumbfoundead album (or in this case EP) on. He’s a pro at this. But how does his latest EP FOREIGNER hold up to his previous body of works? Glad you asked. Well…it’s good. But I’m partial to his other stuff. FOREIGNER feels a tad bit dumbed down. No pun intended. We all know why this happens. Trying to reach a wider market. And in this he’s sure to be successful. He’s still brilliant. But FOREIGNER isn’t. It’s solid. Which is brilliant???
Before I hear any feedback, I been ridin with Dumb since about 2008. So I’m down like 4 flats. But you can’t tell me this stands up lyrically to the music that came before. Love him but can’t lie. That wouldn’t be cool. With that said, every track is sure to be a success. 5 of em. Let’s get into it. The first two 형 (Hyung) and History of Violence are my favorites.
1. ‘형 Hyung‘ addresses the older/younger respect dynamic that resides in Korean culture. Hyung being the venerated older brother. Top dawg alert rolls in as Dumb let’s em know “you’re forever 21, never be a hyung”. He playfully makes stabs at the dynamic with verbal jabs that basically land on respect is earned even if you’re his hyung. Turning the track up a few notches are guest emcees Tiger JK, Dok2 and Simon Dominic.
2. The fire energy is alive and present on ‘History of Violence‘ featuring vocals by Chancellor who I’m particularly feelin these days. The hook it’s battle cry “who the f&^% gone save me my brother, who dafuq gone save me?” will stick with you. Promise. In your head. Just…stuck. Dumb let’s us in once again on his family history and just how deep his subtle psychosis goes. Don’t push him. It might be a problem. The smoothness of Chancellor’s vocals sets a subtle powder-keg dynamic against Dumb’s lyrical pictures of internal war and external violence in America.
3. The freak in me digs ‘Upgrade (2.0)‘. It’s pole worthy. His Mother’s sampled voice threw me out of freak mode a bit but that’s cool she sounds like a total sweetie. The voice sample totally fits as he demonstrates his grown man swag admist a very sexy beat that covers comin up on the worthwhile and losing the less. Kudos to the girl that held him down with a couch and a guitar center credit card. Ride or dies are on his upgrade list. That’s cool.
4. ‘물 (Water)‘ featuring Korean R&B singer G. Soul is sure to move in the clubs. I’ve seen the hips moving to this one as if in a trance signaling a hit. I can barely hear G. Soul on it though.
5. ‘Send me to War (feat. Jessi and Year of the Ox)‘ has no punchlines. It’s open, honest and aggressive which is powerful in and of itself. Year of the OX kicks shit into high gear when they jump on and the song finishes out the EP leaving an empty hole.
Maybe that’s my problem. It’s not an album. I think all of these songs cocooned in another 3-4 tracks would have been the brilliant that I’m seeking. I just don’t feel that the EP completes the thought.
I sincerely hope nobody reads this. And if they do, I hope they don’t care. Opinions are like assholes. Mine are just published. Which don’t mean a thing. I stan Dumbfoundead but I won’t lie. Never that.
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