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|3.0 good||Joe Schmoh | May 29th 10|
Devin The Dude is one of my favorite rappers, he's got a great personality, he can sing, and the dude's pretty funny most of the time. One of the most recognizable styles in hip hop, no doubt. But about half of these beats just aren't worth him. "What I Be On" is an awesome, sing-songy ode to weed and womens, and it totally works because the beat is just woozy and funky enough to work, but some of the album is just lost in uninspired G-Funk.
In other words, fuck you Koch, fuck you and your low budgets.
|3.0 good||Bulldog | April 21st 10|
Depending on how you think about it, Devin the Dude is quite odd. As a rapper who comes from Houston, Texas - which has a subculture that is intently focused on codeine syrup - it's astonishing to find him obsessed about marijuana . That is, if you're a first time listener. If you've lent Devin repeated listens, this comes as no surprise whatsoever. No monetary decadence, no egoboosting trips, scarce mentions of sex, this album is truly for the stoners.
As a perpetually stoned musical entity, what better experiences can Devin draw from then smoking weed? None, really. So what better to compliment an album nearly entirely - he attributes a few songs to sex and/or love - about smoking pot than a super chill environment? With a relaxed, melodic style of rapping, and instrumentals influenced by ambient techno and downtempo electronic, Devin the Dude is ALL set in concept. The question is, does he do it well?
Of course he does it well. Exceedingly well. We were aloud to listen to music during our 90-minute test in history today. I picked Suite 420, and let it roll, and all my stress about the test melted away. Just like that. Hell, I wanted to blunt up in class right then and there, and I don't even do drugs.
Hypnotic, melodic, and chill, Suite 420 is a must-have for the mary jane lovers, and deserves a legitimate check out by any hip-hop fan.
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