GRAMMY awards and multi-platinum-selling albums are all very
well, but you know you've really
made it when Weird Al Yankovic
makes a parody of one of your
songs. But let's rewind....
Chamillionaire sets out to prove
that Southern rappers can do as
good a job as the more celebrated
cats from up North have done so
far, and with the release of his
debut album, he's showing that at
least one MC from the South has
what it takes to meet the superstars of the game head-on.
What is impressive about The
Sound of Revenge is that the self-styled Mixtape Messiah from Houston,
Texas, proves that he's got a good voice -- a clear but rapid-fire rapping
style and the ability to effortlessly change the tempo of his rapping within
a single song. Best of all, he also has
something worthwhile to say.
The perfect example is Ridin'
(which will be parodied as White
and Nerdy on Weird Al's upcoming album). Featuring Krazie
Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony,
the song is all about how the
cops abuse their powers, especially when it comes to dealing
with minorities. On top of that,
both MCs are on top form -- with
smooth-flowing rapping and a
catchy hook to go with it.
For sheer musical value,
though, you've just gotta catch
Southern Takeover. With its powerfully intense beat and killer
vocals, this cut's da bomb!
On the whole, I'd say the kid
done good on this album.