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The Farmer
Artist Tre9
Label: Much Luvv
Time 18 tracks/78:35 minutes
Tre9 is a dirty south crunk hip hopper, minister, and entrepreneur. He owns his own record label, Much Luvv, and uses it to spread the gospel via crunk hip-hop. This is his second record, featuring a whopping 18 tracks and an equally whopping 18 guest rappers!
For those not in the know, “crunk” is a portmanteau of “crazy” and “drunk”­essentially the genre is party hip hop influenced by dance music. It makes heavy use of simple drum machine rhythms, and the music is often slower than other hip-hop featuring a bumping beat.
Tre9 has the sound down. The production is excellent and even features some humor. For example the intro samples the Andy Griffith theme and adds some backwoods harmonica to the whistling.
Despite the quality production, sub-par lyrics, too many guest stars, and poor editing mar the album. Crunk is known for its simplicity, and lyrics don’t get any more straight forward than “I’m all about love / I’m all about my wife / I’m all about my kids / And I’m all about Christ!” The sentiment is surely good, but I’m sure it could be stated in a more interesting manner. Also, there are questionable lines such as “I don’t do hoes.” This is borderline explicit; does he really need to say it like this?
Of the 18 tracks only 5 don’t feature a guest vocalist, this makes Tre9 come across as a guest on his own record. It seems like he is trying too hard to push the rest of the artists on his label. It feels like this is a label sampler more than a record by one MC. Also at 78 minutes the album is too long. It could have easily been cut to 12 tracks, and about 45 minutes and it would have been much more effective.
That is not to say the record is entirely amiss. Tracks such as opener “I Be Comin’ Thru” are great club bangers, and the excellent “Angelina Part II” is one of the most eloquent and realistic discussions of lust and sexual temptation I have ever heard. Interestingly neither of these songs feature guests. Perhaps Tre9 should focus more on writing great solo tracks than on letting his entire label guest on his record, he has the talent to craft a classic, but with _The Farmer_ he turns in an unfortunately underwhelming release.
Noah Salo
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