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I never thought I'd like Petey Pablo, but...
on September 21, 2004
When Petey Pablo first arrived on the scene with "Raise Up", I thought he was really nothing special (despite the song having an incredible beat from Timbaland). To me, it sounded like Petey was another one of those rappers full of talkin'-loud-but-ain't-saying-nuttin'; a notion that was further confirmed after hearing the follow-up song "I". And, as many people already know, this album was supposed to have come out in 2002 with the lead single "Blow Your Whistle". That song didn't catch fire (I don't even remember how it went), so the album got pushed WAY back. But it finally came out this year.
I personally think "Freek-A-Leek" is a pretty good song. Sure, it doesn't have the most creative subject matter, but the lyrics and music are dope enough. "Vibrate" is pretty good too, but some other good tracks are innovative in that Petey is actually SINGING at times. Now, most rappers shouldn't do that, but he actually doesn't sound that bad. "I Swear", "Roll Off" and especially "He Spoke to Me" are songs that I think are very good. That may not be what some fans want to hear, though, so those tracks may not be your cup of tea.
Despite the good songs on this album, I still have to give it three stars. This is because the album has 17 tracks, and for only five of them to stand out is a cause for concern. Like, when I heard the second track, "Did You Miss Me", I said, "No, if you keep making songs like THIS." And some of these other songs don't make any sense, like "Boy's Bathroom"; and I'm not sure if "Be Country" is a rap or an interlude. There are also some very short songs that go nowhere, like "What You Know About It" and "Stick `Em Up." And "Jam Y'all" suffers from a ridiculous chorus.
Regardless of this album's shortcomings, Petey Pablo did improve his style. But maybe he shouldn't have tried to stick so much filler material on this album and instead just worked more to make a FEW of the songs better. Let's hope he works on his diary some more for his next album.
P.S. In response to another reviewer, if you don't like rap, don't review the album!