January 25, 2022

Jim Crow - Crow's Nest (1999)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Pop Rap
Label Number: EK 69859

© 1999 Epic Records
Jim Crow's debut album Crow's Nest is firmly within the Dirty South tradition, even if it has a cameo from Too $hort on the single "That Drama (Baby's Mama)." All that does is illustrate that basic, generic Southern rap isn't all that far removed from West Coast gangsta culture -- they not only have many of the same topics, they have a fondness for the mellow, synthesized funk of the early '80s, turning even their hardest songs into easy rolling groovers. Not a bad thing, of course, and moments of Crow's Nest are very good indeed, achieving a synthesis of fine performances and hooks. But too much of it is simply generic -- not a major crime, but enough to keep this debut from being fully engaging.

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