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Brown Bag AllStars - Larry Norris (Single)
Posted by Steve Juon at Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Brown Bag AllStars
Title: Larry Norris
Label: Brown Bag AllStars

You should already be familiar with BBAS right now after RapReviews previously gave exposure to the hard bumping "Brooklyn Queens Expressway" single. In yet another attempt to prove the best things in life really +are+ free, this New York collective returns with a DJ Goo produced track has more layers than a Dagwood sandwich. Pick apart the fixings and you can hear crowd noise, soul samples, funky drummers, echoing conversation and smooth hip-hop lyrics. That may read like a cacophony in print but when you put on a pair of headphones this is a beautiful medley. J57 brags that the AllStars will steal the show "with the hands raised high like it's Van Damme's order" but one-ups himself under a minute later with a vow to keep hands in the sky "like it's Bishop and O-Dog." Soul Khan's voice sticks out like a sore thumb in a good way - a distinctively nasal flow like the 2009 B-Real. When he notes BBAS have their shit together and he'll "never be the forty-oh that hits the pavement" the song abruptly comes to a halt. While it's like smacking a brick wall at 70 MPH, it doesn't hurt one bit - in fact it just makes you want to hit rewind and take the trip all over again. Go to the Brown Bag AllStars website and get your ticket to ride.

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