Friday, March 27, 2009

Big Pooh - Delightful Bars Candy Apple Itunes Version reiew

They say I took a Step back/ I say I stepped up/ Niggas don’t know the facts,” raps Pooh on his first single, The Comeback from his new album Delighful Bars. Big Pooh has definitely stepped his rhyme game up which is to be expected because as Phonte claims, he is endlessly penning rhymes to perfect his craft. The hunger to prove himself comes across on Delightful Bars as he has been dogged by fans’ opinions that he was the weakest member of Little Brother (A fan once stated that he rhymes like his 5 year old brother was ghost writing for him!). This album is for those fans, and some songs are directly targeted at them, such as The Rerelease, however there are times when his rhymes disappoint. On the Real, for example, is one of the few tracks that show that these songs were initially created to be placed on a mixtape and were reconsidered to be included on the album. 2/3 of the11 tracks on Delightful Bars, excluding the intro & outro, are guest appearances. On albums filled with guest appearances, the artists don't necessarily complement the album, but instead add length to the tracks they appear on. One noteworthy guest appearance, although it's behind the boards, is from former Little Brother member, 9th Wonder. 9th submits one of the best tracks I’ve heard from him in YEARS as well as one of the best on the album. Big Pooh obviously recognizes this and returns the favor by delivering strong and maybe even my favorite verses on the album with Rear View Mirror. The last four tracks on this Candy Apple version (total of four versions, which will feature slight track variations) are the best to me.

Overall I give Delightful Bars Candy Apple ItunesVersion 5 out of 7 headnods

* Head Nod Scale
1=Don't waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there's "two and a possible".
5=It's a "good" album. Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project. Has the "Rewind Factor" more than once.
7=The number of completion. Great Album. Instant Classic.

Big Pooh - Rear View Mirror


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