Jibbs Feat. Jibbs

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Jibbs Feat. Jibbs

Release date: 10/24/2006

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Track Listings

1. Listen Yeah Boii
2. Listen Smile- Featuring Fabo
3. Listen Chain Hang Low
4. Listen Big Big Kid
5. Listen Let's Be Real- Featuring J. Valentine
6. Listen King Kong- Featuring Chamillionaire
7. Listen Hood
8. Listen Go Gurl
9. Listen Go Too Far- Featuring Melody Thorton
10. Listen I'm A Rhino
11. Listen Bring It Back
12. Listen Firr Az That Thang

About the Album

The debut album from the St. Louis newcomer starts off on the right foot for a simple reason: it starts off. Hip-hop albums have become so bloated with extended introductions and odes -- an offshoot of the genre's community element, but vastly overdone -- that the savvy listener might reasonably start on song two.

You won't want to do that here. Jibbs hops into a nasty leadoff track groove with all the impatience of a 16-year-old. After all, he is one. "Yeah Boii" rides a shiny plastic synth sample that loosely mimes the Rocky score (not coincidentally, Jibbs is introduced as though he's a boxer). This is underlined by the brand of skippy drumkit that's been famously St. Louis, at least since Nelly. And then there's Jibbs himself. The young MC's rat-a-tat flows are blissfully brash. He raps about Lamborghinis and Hummers -- "The cars is plush/ Ain't you that big kid with that big boy truck?" -- as only a young man with a learner's permit can.

"Boii" is a hugely endearing track; that it doesn't even rank among the record's trio of singles is a testament to the strength of Jibbs Featuring Jibbs. Certainly, it's hard to argue with the nomination of "Chain Hang Low" for top billing. The song recasts an age-old playground rhyme as a singsong-y celebration of bling. It's a clever riff on Jibbs's youth and an announcement that he's growing up: henceforth, 24 carats will be the standard. And it's a further echo of Nelly, whose 2000 track "Country Grammar" also found inspiration near the tire-swing.

Taking the opposite tack is "King Kong." If "Chain" finds the young prizefighter delivering tight body blows, "King" is a roundhouse right. A massive, deliberate beat marks time with explosions, and Jibbs's deep-voiced duet with Chamillionaire serves as a call to arms.

Not that being a fighter prevents our man from being a lover. "Go Too Far" summons Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls, who whispers sexily next to our crooning Casanova. And while many romantic interludes on hip-hop records hedge their bets, Jibbs doesn't feel the need: the song's gentle beats and seductive chats edge towards full-on R&B.

Though the hired help does help on these tracks, one of the most appealing features of the album is that it's pretty much exactly what it says: "Jibbs featuring Jibbs." Just as he avoids collecting a glut of ego-stroking shout-outs, Jibbs also doesn't clog his record with cameos. That's two ways a good thing. First, it shows confidence from the youngster. Better yet, it lets us really hear him, which, after all, is why we bought his record.

Artist: Jibbs
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 5.0 x 5.6
UPC: 0060251709097

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