Review Summary: More like Shawty Lol
Gucci's form of music, trap rap, is finally coming to form comfortably. His true mainstream debut came up to #10 on the charts, and his wide group of affiliates are looking to blow up as well. Even lesser affiliates, the likes of Yo Gotti and Rocko, are coming into the spotlight as their own creatures lyrically, posesing styles that are between Gucci's slurred coke raps and Jeezy's harsh raspsings on the same subject. But in 2008, it was just on the verge of being ruined completely, by D4l founder Shawty LO. Shawty Lo's debut, Units in The City
is exactly what you'd expect from a member of D4l, plus exactly ONE killer beat in the form of “Dey Know”, and is filled to the brim with unprofessional, garbage instrumentals and terrible one liners from Shawty Lo, who should've been banned from the mic years ago.
Shawty Lo, known as a founding member of snap rap pioneers D4L, for the most part abandons the snaps’n’claps on this album, and sticks to the bland plate of heaping bass and piles of synths. And if you finish your dinner, you MIGHT get the special treat of kicks. Although appearing good, the beats, if examined by themselves, are weak and little substance, and are only good in comparison to his terrible lyrics. The appeal of Shawty Lo is recognizable – his smoky, whispery voice and mellow somewhat conflict together, but sound better than his terrible lyrics, where he fails to come up with anything more than a big, fat cowpatty lyrically. Although he recognizes punchlines as existential, his attempts at them are just awful “I’m laughin’ at you niggas, like hahahaha,” which is probably why he just sticks to talking about how ‘awesome’ he is, and how much money he has.
In summary. Units In The City
only shows a disabled lack of rap skills from Shawty Lo and an ear for only the most hallow beats. It's an album not worth your time, and not worth ANYONE'S TIME. Hell, Shawty Lo probably took more time into eating a sandwich than writing this album. This album is as shallow as any kiddie pool, but feels like Shawty Lo took a giant piss in it. He's not even the best member of D4l lyrically...
WHERE'S FABO WHEN YOU NEED HIM?!