So Stylistic

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Is it the latest wrinkle in booty music, or an urban field recording? So Stylistic, the debut of Fannypack, the Brooklyn quintet responsible for the feel-dirty hit of summer 2003, "Cameltoe," is all that and more. As the title promises, it's both stylish and stylized: Two high school girls, a recent Boston University graduate, and a pair of would-be Svengalis team up for a preposterously potent update of '80s Casio-rap think J.J. Fadd and Roxanne Shanté, but the result is more than just novelty. Start with "Hey Mami," a much-needed response to unwanted male attention, proceed to "Cameltoe," an over-caffeinated condemnation of "frontal wedgies" that's like a not-so ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Is it the latest wrinkle in booty music, or an urban field recording? So Stylistic, the debut of Fannypack, the Brooklyn quintet responsible for the feel-dirty hit of summer 2003, "Cameltoe," is all that and more. As the title promises, it's both stylish and stylized: Two high school girls, a recent Boston University graduate, and a pair of would-be Svengalis team up for a preposterously potent update of '80s Casio-rap think J.J. Fadd and Roxanne Shanté, but the result is more than just novelty. Start with "Hey Mami," a much-needed response to unwanted male attention, proceed to "Cameltoe," an over-caffeinated condemnation of "frontal wedgies" that's like a not-so sisterly version of Sisqo's "Thong Song," and then "Bunnies," where the girls daydream about cartoon animals on their album cover. Beneath the Day-Glo colors and plastic funk beats, Fannypack are, in their own way, as outrageous as Missy Elliott and as round' the way girl sassy as vintage Mary J. In spoken interludes -- not skits -- Belinda, Jessibel, and Cat ridicule their producers, express dislike for their songs, spazz out, and fight with one another. Yes, the majority of rhymes as well as the Kraftwerk-style beats are authored by producer boys Matt and Fancy. But it's hard to question their motives when, on "Brooklyn Public," they seem truly fascinated by the girls' tales of the blackboard jungle. Moreover, their affinity for early hip-hop is more than skin deep; Stylistic is bursting with the kind of fresh, expressive Deee-Lite-like silliness that's sorely lacking in today's rap and dance music. It's a group effort that owes as much to Jessibel's exuberance and Belinda's confident rapping as to the Fannypackers' refreshingly laissez-faire attitude. When they scream, "Let's get famous!" the sampled fanfare backing them instantly deflates, almost apologizing for a burst of American Idol–style ambition. After all, girls and boys just wanna have fun. And that's just half the charge of this sparkling debut.
All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
It is pretty rare for groups who hit with a novelty song to back it up with a strong album. Fannypack hit it big in the summer of 2003 with the rude and hilarious "Cameltoe," an ode to an unfortunate fashion situation. A wild mix of electro beats, schoolyard taunts, and early Salt-N-Pepa/J.J. Fad-style rapping, the song was just what a summer hit should be: mindless and catchy as heck. The full-length So Stylistic manages to buck the lame full-length trend and be a solid and fun debut. The girls of Fannypack -- Jessibel, Cat, and Belinda -- aren't blessed with great voices or mad rap skills, but what they do have is teenage attitude and a fresh style. Their lyrics are frequently laugh-out-loud funny and always shallow and silly, with boys, music, and Fannypack's greatness being the main topics. There really isn't another dance
ap act on the scene that combines snarky teenage style with seriously slammin' retro dance beats the way Fannypack does. Producers and songwriters Matt Goias and Fancy are responsible for that aspect of the sound, and they create some boomin' electro/hip-hop jams for the girls to sling insults and boasts over. The Latin rap of "Hey Mami," the stomping "Theme From Fannypack," the sweet "Things" which includes the deathless lyrics "Parties, movies, candy, toys/Clothes, shopping, music, boys/Flowers, beaches, mom, and dad/These are things that make me glad", the angry "Smack It Up" which features some wonderfully cheesy fake guitar, and the hard-hitting dancefloor filler "System Boomin'" are funny, funky, and sure to leave you with a goofy smile on your face. The hit isn't even the best song on the record; in fact, it starts to wear out its welcome pretty quickly in comparison to the other great tracks here. Depending on your level of tolerance for completely silly records with no social, political, or emotional relevance, this is one of the best records of 2003, sure to keep slumber parties and summer road trips boomin'.
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
What makes So Stylistic so good , though, is a clever combination of irreverence and its opposite. The music pays loving tribute to groups like 2 Live Crew and Salt-n-Pepa....and the lyrics include sly references to hip-hop classics, including Gang Starr's "Place Where We Dwell" and Whodini's "Freaks Come Out at Night."
Rolling Stone
They aren't so much a hip-hop group as the Bow Wow Wow of bass music. Pat Blashill
Vibe
Fannnypack makes freestyle-flavored electro-rap... reminiscent of a time when bumpin' L'Trimm's candy-coated "Cars With the Boom" was the definitive of fresh. Damien McCaffery

What makes So Stylistic so good , though, is a clever combination of irreverence and its opposite. The music pays loving tribute to groups like 2 Live Crew and Salt-n-Pepa....and the lyrics include sly references to hip-hop classics, including Gang Starr's "Place Where We Dwell" and Whodini's "Freaks Come Out at Night."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • UPC: 661868156720
  • Catalog Number: 1567
  • Sales rank: 360,757

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:06)
  2. 2 Hey Mami (3:23)
  3. 3 The Theme from Fannypack (4:17)
  4. 4 Cameltoe (3:34)
  5. 5 Do It to It (3:10)
  6. 6 Sugar Daddy (3:13)
  7. 7 Bunnies (0:32)
  8. 8 Things (3:01)
  9. 9 Hippopotamus (0:38)
  10. 10 So Stylistic (4:55)
  11. 11 Fancy's Funny Shirt (0:18)
  12. 12 Boom Boom (3:04)
  13. 13 Smack It Up (3:41)
  14. 14 Jessibel Phone Home (0:36)
  15. 15 System Boomin' (4:14)
  16. 16 All Around (3:12)
  17. 17 Brooklyn Public (0:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fannypack Primary Artist
Belinda Group Member
DJ Spinbad scratching
Anoma Whittaker Vocals
Technical Credits
Fancy Producer
Gerry Beckley Composer
Tom Silverman Executive Producer
Lee Bunnell Composer
PepGirlz Composer
Duncan Stanbury Mastering
DJ Spinbad Cut
The Corporation Composer
Kate Roth Artwork
Chris Varmus Engineer
Hiro Hotta Engineer
Matt Goias Composer, Producer
DJ Sinbad Cut
Jessibel Contributor
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