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Neighborhood Rapstar
     

Neighborhood Rapstar

by 2XL
 
There's something about brothers Bennett "Laze" and Justin "Royal" Talmage Armstrong that will frustrate folks out of their teens. Regular Right On! or Word Up! readers who have become familiar with the duo through locker posters and "what's your favorite color?" style interviews probably won't notice, but the teen-targeted 2XL seem like they're on their second album

Overview

There's something about brothers Bennett "Laze" and Justin "Royal" Talmage Armstrong that will frustrate folks out of their teens. Regular Right On! or Word Up! readers who have become familiar with the duo through locker posters and "what's your favorite color?" style interviews probably won't notice, but the teen-targeted 2XL seem like they're on their second album when they're really on their first. Minus the very personal and very believable "Mama of Mine," their debut album, Neighborhood Rapstar, is too concerned with swagger, style, and what's poppin' to be considered approachable, and does little to explain where 2XL are coming from. The reason it's worth complaining about is because this is a charismatic, talented duo, able to convincingly cover all the currently popular urban flavors. Since they aren't bringing their own voices to the game, they live and die by their material. Fortunately, Neighborhood Rapstar has more than its fair share of hooks along with plenty of slick productions, a handful by 2XL themselves and one by superstar producer Scott Storch. "Magic City" is classic thick and dramatic Storch and it would come in first place if it weren't for "The Hustle's Gone," which has such a gloriously bright OutKast-type funk to it that it makes heads immediately bob, hips instantly bump. Plus, slang king E-40 is on this and re-appears on the track "Kitty Kat" which could be passed off as a Ying Yang Twins cut, no problem. Rounding out the highlights is "Kissing Game," an update and interpolation of the irresistible Hi-Five hit "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)." That's a lot of prime material, more than enough to ignore the album's faults, and more than you'd expect from a release where a selling point for the physical CD is a bonus sheet of 2XL stickers.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
Label:
Tommy Boy
UPC:
0661868165821
catalogNumber:
1658

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

2XL   Primary Artist
E-40   Vocals
Howard Hersh   Keyboards
Josh Paul   Bass Guitar
Verse   Vocals
Canela Cox   Vocals
Jeff B.   Vocals
Maria Cifer   Vocals
Ghost   Vocals

Technical Credits

Greg Charley   Producer,Instrumentation
Sham   Instrumentation
Tom Silverman   Executive Producer
2XL   Producer,Instrumentation
Cry Baby Dinkins   Engineer
T.J. Thomas   Composer
Victor Lee   Executive Producer
Adam Kagan   Engineer,String Arrangements
Verse   Instrumentation
David Esterson   Executive Producer
J Classic   Producer,Instrumentation
Jeff B.   Producer
Audio Assassins   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
French   Producer
Jhot   Engineer
Key Players Ghost   Producer
Mav   Vocal Producer
Nate Scruggs   Engineer
Torch Team   Engineer
Scott Storch   Producer,Instrumentation

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