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Hood Hop

J-Kwon

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Album Review

An adequate-at-best MC and a backing track tricked out with bold thievery from a handful of established producers. Somehow this added up to "Tipsy," one of the most rousing club-oriented rap singles of early 2004. Clipse's "Grindin'" is the major point of reference; producers TrackBoyz use a rough approximation of that Neptunes beat — bleacher stomps meet slamming trunks — and fill it out with elements from a handful of other outside sources, including well-placed electro synth zaps. Energetic, addictive, and free of redeeming social value, it's a party track in the best sense. The remainder of J-Kwon's SoSo Def debut isn't nearly as consequential. The TrackBoyz (Nelly, YoungBloodZ) show some promise as a young production team, but the MC they're supporting is nothing to get worked up about. When he grows tired of hearing his normal voice, he switches over to a slightly strained variation, as if he's trying to make it crack. That's all he has going for now, but "Tipsy" definitely allowed him to leave his mark.

Customer Reviews

Hell no this wasn't made in the 90's

If this was released in the 90's it would be actual music by a talented artist

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I got this album when it first came out! I still listen to it all the time, it is actually very good! I dont think J-kwon got the props he deserved, because this is an all around great album!

The Song in 1990 !

haha, just because the album came out in 2004 doesnt mean this song wasnt written in 1990. this song may have well been written in 1990, but never released on the album until 2004. [i hope this madee sensee.] hahaha, this songgg is my songggggg, with my friends ofcourseeee. :D <3333

Biography

Born: March 28, 1986 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

J-Kwon's path to fame included mooning Arista head L.A. Reid and mocking producer Jermaine Dupri. These events helped gain the MC a contract with the latter's So So Def, a subsidiary of the former's employer. However, his life was far more turbulent before that; kicked out his mother's house at the age of 12, he took to the street, dealt crack cocaine, and had his jaw broken after defeating a fellow MC in battle. His label deal helped turn that around. Before turning 18, his debut single, "Tipsy,"...
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