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JackTrippa718JR
07-12-2006, 08:18 AM
Blue Collar

Artist: Rhymefest
Title: Blue Collar
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Reviewed by: Max Herman

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As much as the masses love to cheer on a hustler turned rapper, Chicago native Rhymefest is living proof that you can make it big in the game even if the only thing you've sold on the corner is your music (http://www.allhiphop.com/reviews/#). 'Fest spent years working random jobs while trying to make music, and finally, all of his pain is paying off. With Blue Collar (Allido/J), 'Fest successfully uses his major label debut to get Hip-Hop (http://www.allhiphop.com/reviews/#) purists' heads nodding, club goers moving and everyone facing strife feeling a little better about life.

It's not easy being an artist that pretty much anyone can relate to, but 'Fest achieves this feat by taking the time to see eye-to-eye with a variety of audiences. In addition to his everyday raps, his boisterous flow and ability to bring the best out of the producers (http://www.allhiphop.com/reviews/#) he works with make Rhymefest an all-around great recording artist. Perhaps the best overall showcase of his talent is the story-based track "Devil's Pie". Here, atop Mark Ronson's bubbly drum and guitar loop, 'Fest brilliantly relays the daily struggles he and his brethren endure (e.g. not being able to pay the rent). Ultimately, with this track and elsewhere, 'Fest offers a reasonable middle ground between optimism and realism. Like he says on the uplifting cut "Sister", which is dedicated to single moms and every woman fighting against the odds, "You can't have trials without tribulations."

But while 'Fest presents himself as "Mr. Blue Collar", that doesn't mean he's all about addressing the harsher aspects of life. On the lighter side of things, the No ID produced "Fever" sees this MC sound more self-assured than ever as he drops a heavy dose of sexual bravado over some highly danceable Latin jazz rhythms. And while it's not the album's strongest track, the Kanye West-assisted single "Brand New" features a welcome session of vintage-styled boasting.

Whether he's reassuring those in a struggle to keep their head up or just big upping himself, Rhymefest makes good use of this album, which is a hell of a lot more balanced than your typical commercial record. You may not hear his music on heavy radio rotation just yet, but as 'Fest says of himself on "Chicago Rillas": "I'm like bullets flying through the hood—you can't ignore me."


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JackTrippa718JR
07-12-2006, 02:02 PM
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</H1>Rhymefest - Blue Collar

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 | Author: J-23

Rhymefest has truly earned his billing as a blue collar emcee. Be it an interview, live performance or his music (http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/reviews/id.662#), he comes across as the everyman. Smart, funny, personable and can also happen to rhyme his ass off. ‘Fest first garnered national attention when it was made public that the concept and half the lyrics for Jesus Walks were his, he even brought Kanye the now famous sample that carried the song.
The Chi-town native had an easy opportunity to ride Ye’s coattails and ink a deal with his G.O.O.D. Music venture. Instead he opted to stay on his own rather than get lost in Kanye’s towering shadow. Hooking up J Records, Fest has seen his album delayed for some 6 months now, but here we are.
Lyrical acumen aside, Rhymefest had good potential for quality with his production team alone (Kanye West, Just Blaze, Cool & Dre, No ID, Emile, and Mark Ronson). Despite these notable producers and guest shots from Kanye (2) and the late ODB, Rhymefest keeps the spotlight on him throughout the album. He continually shows off his wide variety of capabilities, the album kicks off with shit slanging battle raps over an obvious Just Blaze banger (Dynomite). By the end of the album he is asking Ol’ Dirty for advice on how to woo a lady (Build Me Up). Although in this case the show is absolutely stolen by ODB with his CLASSIC hook. In between this book (http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/reviews/id.662#) end songs, ‘Fest touches on a lot more. The Kanye-assisted Brand New has ‘Fest trading jokes with ‘Ye over his excellent production; “me and Ye we go back like crew cuts/he hooks me up as long as I don’t ask for too much/but even he knows ‘Fest laying it down

JackTrippa718JR
07-12-2006, 09:00 PM
These reviews are on point...album is fire!