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Album Review: Infamous “6-Track EP”

Written by Mike Dreams (Michael A. Hannah)

If you aren’t familiar with Infamouz, he’s an up and coming Twin Cites hip hop artist, specially representing Cottage Grove, MN. He’s recorded over 300 tracks and is currently grinding daily. I had some time to sit down and check out a few tracks from his Demo EP. Overall, Infamous has a solid style and appeal that, in my opinion, reflects the swagger and presence of a Gym Class Heroes’ “Travis McCoy” with a versatile and cocky lyrical nature of Ludacris, Jay-Z and early Lupe Fiasco (in his grittier days of unreleased material from Aristia, commonly referred to as the “Coulda Been” era) Let’s get into my take on some of the songs.

What’s Good

This song comes in when some real clever “gutter” style production. It kept a slight grunge undertone while Infamouz serves up some clever, arrogant and confident lines with a smirking swagger and vocal presence. The hook and track’s feel reflects a G-Unit or Xzibit style anthem. This was probably one of the most self-assured, poised tracks I’ve heard from Infamouz.

Overall: 4/5

Spaceship

Spaceship’s production was a direct reflection of it’s title. On this collaboration with Minnesota and The Nu Twin Cities™ representing hip hop artist “Slink Proper” served up a catchy sing-songy chorus with a great 16 bar verse reflecting the usual work heard from Slink Proper’s solo work. Imfamouz serves up a styled verse as well, while the two get their Jadakiss/Styles P on the 3rd verse with repeating bridges. The song definitely is something you can just get lost in and vibe to, with the blend of the production and trance-like choruses.

Overall: 4/5

Blacklights

The production of Blacklights was nothing short of the genius of Green Lantern’s “Number One Spot” for Ludacris or Dre and Vidal’s “Oh” for Ciara. It kept a down south bouncy feel to it as it entered with a scattered disarray of strings. I more exciting delivery would have possibly served the beat better. The energy of the production is high and the some of the verse delivery brings that energy down because the tempo and feel doesn’t match. But what Infamouz lacks in tempo, he makes up for in vocal presence and delivery swagger, mixed with some clever punch lines hear and then. The hook also could have used a little more energy on the delivery as well.

Overall: 3/5

King of Hearts

King of Hearts’ production was a little more mellow and eclectic than some of the previous songs. Over some digital horns and dream-like piano riffs laced with a break beat drum sample from The Meters’ 1970 version of the theme song from Oh! Calcutta!, “Oh, Calcutta!”, written by Samuel Walden. (The same funky beat driven percussion is most famous for being used in critically acclaimed R&B and Go-Go artist Amerie’s “1 Thing”) Infamouz served up some sincere rap verses with a sing-songy romantic style Kanye West sing songy chorus while he discussed the age idea of “you reap what you sow”. He discussed how it’s all good and how he’s moving on and how she’ll be back.

Overall 4/5

Scarecrow

Infamouz gets back to the gutter-style production on the dark and mysterious “Scarecrow”. This is the first track I’ve heard from Infamouz where he serves up some rapid-fire tongue, reminiscent of the flow style of Ludacris’ first album or that ever famous delivery style of So So Def artist “Da Brat”. He serves up some solid angry and aggressive lyrics with connotations to violence and ruthless disregard for those he perceives as “weaklings”. He’ll steal your girl. LOL.

Overall: 2/5

Never Had

Never Had introduces some eclectic soulful production. You immediately can feel the sincerity in the clarity of his crispy vocals. It’s not clear how long Infamouz has been spitting, but definitely sounds like a seasoned veteran that could definitely become a real hip hop head underground favorite. The lyrics are very introspective and reflective of his reality with lines such as “I’m not a Rhymesayer, I’m a rhyme slayer, until the Rhymesayer saying sign here” The hook is quite chill and down to earth. Within this track, Infamouz gets real will and tells listeners how he has come to terms with the fact he might not receive everything he wants in life and he acknowledges that. This is one of Infamouz’ more conscious style tracks reflecting honesty. The style reminds me of another Twin Cities M.C “Poet” from the hip hop band “Hyder Ali”.

Overall: 4/5

Overall, with a little improvement in engineering and mixing, the base blend of Infamouz’ talents shows that he will be an ambient driving force for the new generation of hip hop in his city and beyond.

And that’s my two cents…and then some.

Peace Easy

Overall EP Rating: 3/5

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