Motion Man :: Adult Situations
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
Paul Laster is a man in motion. In fact he may actually be moving too fast
for his hip-hop career. Despite his membership in the critically acclaimed
group Masters of Illusion and
a well regarded solo album where he did things his OWN way,
"Pablito's Way," Motion Man
doesn't seem to have achieved the notoriety of his oft-times collaborator
Kool Keith. Previous writers have noted a great deal of similarity between
the two, but the comparison falls apart given that Mr. Thornton is regarded
as an eccentric hip-hop legend while Mr. Laster is barely regarded at all.
That's unfortunate really - he may not have Keith's reputation nor Keith's
almost incomprehensibly large catalogue of releases but the few he does
are invariably high quality. Keith's flights of fancy lead him to artistic
brilliance and failure in equal measure, while Motion Man keeps a tighter
reign on his impulses and still manages to deliver creative solo CD's.
"Adult Situations" continues the trend of Motion Man making albums from
his own unique lyrical perspective while maintaining an overall quality to
the finished product. As you no doubt surmised by now from the title and
the cover artwork, this is an album about sex, and this draws another
comparison to friend Kool Keith. While a Keith Thornton album about sex
would usually involve him fetishizing giraffes or paying street whores to
model for his private photos (between bouts of smearing feces on the wall)
a Motion Man sex album involves SEX YOU CAN RELATE TO.
Sure it's funny and entertaining to take a walk inside the kinky mind of Kool
Keith, but the majority of Keith's fans are not going to the petting zoo to
get their groove on any time soon. Motion Man on the other hand makes it
entirely clear on a dozen different episodes/escapades that he's cut from the
Too $hort cloth. He's speedier and more lyrical than Mr. Shaw, but at the
end of the day they both want to lay down a rap and then lay a woman
down in bed. The theme is clear right from the star on "Pouring You Mo Champagne":
"Sick spitter, no pitter patter of feet
Stroke with her, if we get there, the latex'll cover me
Over interject in your world
Ejaculatin make sure your toes curl, pourin you mo' champagne
Look upon me young mami, I'm Kawasaki
Let the good times roll with speed, I feel you roll, what?
A lot of conversation your butt, got me stuck
You got the elegant stuff, pourin you mo' champagne!"
Samples of Kool G. Rap, Nas and CL Smooth in the chorus complete the
elegant beat produced by Jethro & Unagi. This is a high class way of getting ass.
A few songs like "High School Reunion" and "Smile" feature guest
star Lyrical C, who can hang with Motion Man but certainly doesn't present
any danger of outshining the main Man's flow. He's got the mack rap of a stone
cold pimp without the high pitched lyrical delivery of a Suga Free, and shows
how his suave can get women in bed on track after track. He may have said
"You're the Woman" to a hundred different girls, but each one undoubtedly
though SHE was the only one in Motion Man's life:
"She said I'm cute, the most exotic in place
She took her tongue, connectin the dots on my freckled up face
I was astonished, oh how I over-accomplished
Perspirating over her build, anxiety acts, you're too intense
Quit worrying, over her innocence
Yeah she kinky with it, freaky with it, luxurious, her aura immense
Her legs are long, no Downy on the top of her arms
She wrap her hand, nicely rounded like the stem of a bong
I must admit, kinky's ultimate work
Handicapped bathroom stall, I wanted to jerk
I'm not embarrassed, I don't mind breakin off cash
Whenever you throw it down on a player, I'll dip in my stash"
The smooth beats and samples make all the different for Motion Man's
presentation, each one presenting a properly soulful mood for his adventures.
From going low over the ringing bells of "Porno Mustache" to dallying in a
little funky "Interoffice Romance" to staying on a swinging "Night Stroll,"
each track comes (cums?) correct. Two of the tracks on "Adult Situations"
are bonus remixes - KutMasta Kurt adds his own spin to "Interoffice Romance"
and TomC3 revisits "Tell Me What You Want." This only furthers the ties
and comparisons to Kool Keith, but at the same time Motion proves to be
his own Man on this CD. It's about time this often underrated emcee gets
the props he deserves - he's colorful and creative without being too obsessed
with his own fetishes and losing focus. These "Adult Situations" are ones
you don't feel dirty listening to unless you're the kind of person who feels
dirty just from picking up Playboy magazine. This album is a sex success.
Music Vibes: 8 of 10
Lyric Vibes: 8 of 10
TOTAL Vibes: 8 of 10
Originally posted: August 3, 2010