The King Of Crunk & BME Recordings Present: Trillville USA (Edited)
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For both acts, this is their debut album, and the wisdom of combining their forces is clear from the powerful synergy that's created. That concept -- and for that matter, the discovery of both Trillville and Lil Scrappy -- must be credited to the King of Crunk himself, Lil John.
Trillville: Big Mouth, Don P. and Lil LA (aka Lil Atlanta) have come up with a hot bunch of joints threaded together by some very funny skits featuring a fictitious radio station. The trio is big on posse chants and they jump right to it after a hilarious opening skit ("Trillville Radio") with "Neva Eva." This one was born to burn the charts; the flow slides over a constant background chant and flickering programmed beat. It'll stick in your memory.
Equally mighty, and begging to be a single, is "Weakest Link," which plays off the TV show of the same name. A huge, quasi-industrial synth foundation, another mantra chant ("You the weakest link. . . goodbye!") and some great staccato spitting hook you from the opening bars. Inventive stuff.
The guys come up with some stark contrasts. "Get Some Crunk In Yo System" has a foreboding sound (and another "indoctrinating" refrain) like something from the movie, Halloween. But then you have the rough-hewn rap and musical minimalism of "Dookie Love," the mellow bass and smooth dance groove of "Some Cut" (featuring Cutty), and the punchy beat and minstrel flute sound of the streetwise "The Hood."
Lil Scrappy keeps his end of the bargain with standout joints like "Crank It," with its big-time blurting synth and more Atlanta chantin'. "What The F***" is in a similar vein, with a thinner synth line, but musically reminiscent of the chord riff from rock legends Led Zeppelin's classic number, "Kashmir." A little more on the heavy side is "Diamonds In My Pinky Ring," which builds on synth notes that descend like the stairs to a dungeon.
But the two jewels from Scrappy are the party starter "Head Bussa" and the super-cool and laid back "Be Real," with its almost regal dual-guitar line underneath the rhymes.
Here's a twofer you don't want to miss. It's all meat and with artists like these springing up, you've got to believe that A-Town is going to stay a rap cap for a long time to come.