Devin The Dude
Seriously Trippin


3.0
good

Review

by Askar S Imam USER (11 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2012 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Devin the Dude; lost in his thoughts, yearning for a purpose as the rest of the world passes him by.

When Devin Copeland released his debut album The Dude in 1998, stoners looking for a mellow southern/psychedelic sound found their hero. With the follow up Just Tryin’ Ta Live, Devin established himself as one of the important rappers to come from Houston, a city with an already impressive cache. A decade later, we find him in the point of his career where he searches for a wider sound, but remains complacent.

Seriously Trippin, composed of the regular Devin specialty, is his first such composition that has an identifiable theme; that being: sex, sex and some more dirty ***ing sex. The EP is an “ode” to the females that Devin so infallibly wants to pleasure and fornicate with. From the xylophonic smooth grooves of You’ll Be Satisfied to the beeping, slightly boom-bap inspired Dat Nigga Dere Copeland is determined to let all the ladies within his reach know that just because he likes to partake in recreational drugs, doesn't mean he won't be there to make them feel good.

While the hedonism is fine and even comically satisfying at times, Devin seems more creatively schizophrenic than he has ever been. ‘Exercise’ seems to come out of nowhere, disrupting the groovy flow of the album. Not tongue-in-cheek or even vaguely misleading, it sees him just simply encouraging the people to get up and exercise. The interlude Stay Hard is almost 2 minutes in length and a minute too long. The closer 420 Highway is the only track that conforms to the norms we expect from Devin, but on the EP just seems weirdly out of place.

Devin the Dude has always been consistent, never releasing a bad project, but there's only so much he can do without regurgitating the same ideas. With a new generation of weed rapper coming out of the woodworks, we see Devin Copeland lost in his thoughts, walking the road, yearning for a purpose as the rest of the world passes him by.



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Casablanca
May 23rd 2012


262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Flexing some review muscles. Album left a lot to be desired

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Idnuf
May 23rd 2012


1491 Comments


Some grammar issues and odd word choices, but I generally like the way you write. The main problem I have with review is that you seem to be saying that he does the same thing over and over yet you also say this is a new thing for him.

I've seen your username on ratings pages before, and it's cool to see someone with an appreciation for rap that Sputnik generally dismisses. I'd love to see more reviews from you.

Casablanca
May 23rd 2012


262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the critique.

The point I was making is that yes, he's trying something new, but he isn't doing it because it's something he naturally progressed to, but rather he's doing something new, just for the sake of doing something new.

drewcordova
May 23rd 2012


705 Comments


I remember when "Lacville '79" came out. That was my theme song for year. Nice short review, especially for an EP that you gave a 3.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 23rd 2012


4956 Comments


nice review, keep it up. love the dude.

i once saw him open for del... they were all so late to start that dev was still on at like 12:30 (2am is bar close in mn). i went home since i had to wake up for work early - almost never forgave him

Casablanca
May 23rd 2012


262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can just picture them being so high backstage, they probably lost track of time


lancebramsay
May 24th 2012


1585 Comments


Sad to hear that Devin is losing his focus. I guess you can only make stoner rap for so many albums..

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