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Rockstar Mentality Import

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Run DMC collaborated with Aerosmith, Jay-Z linked up with Linkin Park, and now Atlanta Georgia's own, Shop Boyz, are ready to add their own spin on the genre of mixing Rap and Rock N Roll. The group's riotous blast of hip hop-meets-rock has helped to transform the Southern hip-hop landscape, emerging from Atlanta's underground music scene and inspiring a new punk wave among the South's hip-hop tastemakers. Shop Boyz are being hailed as new pioneers of the genre

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They call it "hood rock," but with their debut album, Atlanta's Shop Boyz accomplish something keener than that phrase suggests. With Rockstar Mentality, former mechanics Rasheed "Sheed" Hightower and cousins Demetrius "Meany" Hardin and Richard "Fat" Stephens have coalesced their image as succinctly as any hip-hop group in recent memory. Lead single "Party Like a Rockstar" eclipsed all previous speed records for digital music distribution, capped by the sale of a million ringtones in the track's first six weeks, and though the album's only real "rock" is the committed use of live guitar throughout, these songs nevertheless pay vocal tribute to rock stardom at every opportunity. The title track forces the issue most obviously; "Rollin'"--the Boyz' professed favorite--motors forth on a bass hook pulled right out of the Beach Boys; and "My Car" keeps pace with yet another deeply thumping ode to the joys of automobile ownership. Make no mistake, from the first shout-out of their native "Bowen Homes" to the unrelenting battery of uninspiring rhymes, Rockstar Mentality is urban-radio-ready hip-hop through and through, but the trio's savvy self-image might just corral enough rock-n'-roll, grease-monkey cred to elevate the Shop Boyz' from mentality to reality. --Jason Kirk
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B000QUCQCY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In other words, the Shop Boyz were drunk off their chairs, and high outta their mind when they recorded this album.

I'm not going to say that the Shop Boyz' debut, Rockstar Mentality, is completely unredeemable; but if you're heard the first single, which I'm sure you have, you've already heard the rest of this album. As lyricists, the Shop Boyz are some of the most mind-numblingly linear I've ever heard. As emcees, their flows are competent enough, but certainly nothing above average. The production? Well, most of the production is pretty tight, to be honest. The production is what really saves this album from being the catastrophy most expected it to be.

The lead single, Party Like a Rock Star, was marketed at just the right time. Kids nowadays are moving away from hip-hop, and focusing their attention on pop-punk groups like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and others cut from the same mould; so, in order to capitalize on some form of rock's resurgance in the mainstream, creating a track such as Party Like a Rockstar was the perfect gimmick, and marketing strategy. Mentioning prominent rock artists like Marilyn Manson and Travis Barker, and even the Osbourne family, was also a strategic move to show that the group has some knowledge of rock music; even though they've publically admitted that's far from the truth. So, with a new brand of "Hood Rock," which is basically the same formula Lil' Jon's followed for the past 5 years, the Shop Boyz released their debut album, hoping to move units based off of this track's success alone.

I don't see that happening too well beyond first week sales.
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Shop Boyz' single "Party Like a Rockstar" was a hit all across the board on urban radio last year. Still, it was another case of where an artist scores a big hit yet nobody picks up the album. I wondered why, but then I listened to Rockstar Mentality and I said, "Oh."

If the album title doesn't spell it out for you, Shop Boyz are trying to reach the levels of rock star popularity, which probably accounts for why many of the songs are electric-guitar-driven. But when they try ACOUSTIC guitar backdrops, it doesn't work right because it makes the songs sound TOO countrified, and that much country plus rap doesn't mix (ask Cowboy Troy). This is evidenced by selections like "My Car" and "Rollin'", which, by the way, are also predictable songs about automobiles.

That aside, the trio really don't have much to say. Dull tracks are in abundance, like "Baby Girl" and "Showin' Me Love". "Sumthin' to Talk `Bout" is anything but, and the title track suffers from an uninteresting, repetitive chorus. Speaking of uncreative choruses, the David Banner-produced "They Like Me" (the obligatory blingin' song) falls into that category: "I keep the girls choosin'/Turn `em out and have `em dykin'/They never tell me naw/(Why?) `Cause they like me".

But the most annoying thing about Shop Boyz is their catchphrase. If you're a twenty-something black guy, you do not -- repeat - DO NOT say "Totally Dude"! I'm sorry, but the only people that say that are fifteen-year-old white guys who shop at PacSun. In short, Rockstar Mentality isn't worth picking up because their minds ain't right, so leave it in the shop, boys.

Anthony Rupert
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Before this album came out I had high expectations. I thought this was going to be the first rap group in a long time to mix rock with their music and not be terrible. And I wasn't right or wrong. Because the truth is, there is no rock sound in this album. It's actually just weak crunk and snap beats just like every other rap album nowadays. I heard Party Like A Rockstar a long time before this album came out and that song is good as a single but I figured it wouldn't be the best on the album which it was. So I expected the rest of the album to be completely different. But no, most of the songs sound exactly the same kind of like D4L's album only worse. A few songs were good, but the album as a whole fails. The lyrics are especially terrible. So overall, Rockstar Mentality falls short of all expectations. It really could have been better than it was. Its not even worth listening to. Pass this one up. If you want a good rap rock album, check out Hollywood Undead - Swan Songs.
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I just had to rate this again,the album was so fantastic,thanks so much for the album I really appreciate it,it has really cool songs on their everyone,I think everyone should give this album a try.
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I really like this cd. Got it realy fast. I have always wanted to buy this cd when it first came out years ago
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I bop,and pop to party like a rockstar, I thought I was home when I heard bowen home, The album is a must buy. I thought I would have been disappointed, but with tracks like "they like me", "something to talk about", and "world on fire", changed my views very quickly. you could only go wrong if you don't get this album. Totally Dude!!!
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