Tha Hoodlum's Testimony
I like hearing people's stories. I guess
that's why I publish a magazine. This is the 3rd release for this
Latino rapper from San Francisco and as one might expect from the title,
Tha Hoodlum's Testimony, it tells T-Bone's personal story.
This is done by the interspersing of narratives from T-Bone's story with
the songs. The introduction at the beginning is done in the best
epic tradition. There are a lot of tempo changes from the very smooth
rap to the rougher traditional rap with some great rhymes. The musical
instrumentation varies from jazzy, to funky, to melodic. "Straighten
It Out," "Demon Executor," "Tomorrow's Not Promised," and "Keep on Praising"
were my favorites. The only drawback is too much emphasis on T-bone's problems
which, while realistic, gets tiring by the end of the album. As far
as rap goes, though, it's still a excellent album. Give it a listen!