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Pop Bang - Nitro (Single)
Posted by Administrator at Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Pop Bang
Title: Nitro
Label: Katana Enterprises

If you guessed that The Notorious B.I.G.'s line "Now they heard you blowin up like nitro" would be the hook of this song, you get a gold star. Pop Bang doesn't stop there though, as he draws direct lyrical inspiration from "Warning" when he spits "damn, niggaz tryin to stick me for my re-up" and even does the gimmick of alternate voice of B.I.G. speaking to Biggie conversationally to boot. You might suspect Biggie Smalls and Pop Bang were homies by the time the song's over, since another repeated B.I.G. sample says "Who the fuck is this? It's my nigga Pop" leaving out the "barbershop" part you've come to expect. If all of this sounds like I'm getting on Pop Bang's case unfairly, the truth is that the track IS king of banging, in a "generic New York MC I've heard spit bars a hundred times before" kind of way. I'm sure this song will get some local mixtape love and at least a little national exposure thanks to the samples of the Notorious One found within, but Pop Bang needs more work to impress me beyond this single.

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