Artist: Goodie MobTitle: One Monkey Don’t Stop No ShowRating: 3 StarsReviewed by: Paine
As Outkasts status has continually snowballed since their debut a decade ago, Goodie Mobs rep has gone in the opposite direction. Despite an unmoving cult following, Goodbie Mob has struggled to explore new audiences despite the cross appeal (mostly critical) by ex-member Cee Los solo efforts. While World Party had a few irresistible joints, its been five years since the Goodie Mob collective has made an impression. Having left the label that cultivated the Atlanta sound, LaFace, will Goodie Mobs independence yield them a timely return?
Goodie Mob was at onetime, revered as one the most musical groups in Hip-Hop. In the past half decade, a lot of unexpected names have caught up. This album does do some great things, as far as flows. Goodiadvice offers insights on being a real, independent, human being. The quick verses use impeccable timing and still manage to offer quotable jewels while flowing faster than most. This album also splits into the two directions the South has taken in the last half decade. Some joints appeal to the softer side, like What You See, which uses acoustic strings and soft singing to create a laid back mood. Goodie Mob were pioneers of crunk. Granted, it was a different, more funky spin than recently. But tracks like, 123 Goodie and Shawty Wanna Be a Gangsta follow an updated, 2004 type of crunk, with memorable hooks and bangin bass.
Some of Goodie Mobs strongest musical experiments are lost in this album. At times, the daring genius is there. Other times, this album seems to be searching for singles, and wider appeal. Grindin is a shallow effort that reduces a very talented group to mere screamers and chanters. While the South has rightfully diversified, it can be easily argued that Goodie Mob is at their best with the music style theyve always presented. Keeping aligned with that rich tradition, God I Wanna Live and Big City maintain as nice updates to the Mob weve always known. Play Your Flute, the highest profile track of the album, teaming fellow Organized Noize endorsee, Kurupt with Goodie Mob sits on the fence of the old and the new. A fans reception of the single may be a good indication of the album itself.
Very rarely do heavily pushed back albums ever amount to much. If only the overly precautious record labels would take note but they can only assume so much blame. Goodie Mob as a group, didnt make the authentic album that listeners have come to expect. While the experimentations and extended styles may reel in some new fans, this album does not bode well for a proud mention in the otherwise reputable Goodie Mob catalog.