Nothing out of the ordinary with that, but it oughta tell you that if youre looking for a true spitter, then look elsewhere. From get-go track Last Name London, the Brooklyn rapper(ish) makes it clear that hes aiming for modern pop-star status. I offer the following as evidence:
the Kanye West Lost in the World low-end sample that drives Last Name London along;
the airy, vocal arrangements (again, inspired by Kanye) that follow it; and
his use of worn-out pop tropes such as the introduction song (Last Name London), road tune (All Around The World,), mid-track phone call (Stop It) and use of the phrase speed of light (Wine and Chocolates).
Midway through the third track, Wine and Chocolates, I realized Mr. Londons voice bears great resemblance to that of TV on the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe (he doesnt do nearly as much with tone or timbre, though), shortly before realizing that the song itself is really just a few verses worth of interesting lyrics short of a TVOTR song. In fact, with some twitchier synths, a fully developed funk-guitar riff and a kick drum that hit with full force, Wine and Chocolates might actually just be Crying, the second track on Dear Science. Turns out TVOTRs Dave Sitek worked with London on his Lovers Holiday EP. At least hes borrowing from talented musicians, I guess.
The album really loses its steam midway through single Why Even Try, which cartoonishly inflates the bassline and R&B female-sung hook from Notorious B.I.G.s Juicy, inverting the original songs tale of aspiration to cries of If you think youre special, youre probably not. Hows that for depressing?
Timez Are Weird These Days is a whole lot of slick, digital production, but light on soul. When hes at his swagging-est (Girls Girls $), Londons only a fraction of what Kanyes built. At least hes got his sights set high. Matt Carney