X Clan - Mainstream Outlawz
Without a single standout song, X Clan's latest proves to be as far from slow-cooked soul food as any of today's microwave music, putting these self-described outlawz comfortably in the company of the mainstream they claim to be apart from.
It's not a very rewarding feeling as a fan to listen to an entire album from a veteran Hip Hop act, and the first words that come to mind are "boring," "ho-hum," "drags," "bland," and "yawn-inducing." Unfortunately, those are likely to be the immediate impressions most listeners will have upon absorbing X Clan's latest long-player, Mainstream Outlawz.
Listeners may remember the Clan resurfacing in 2006--shortly after the passing of artist/activist leader Professor X, who provided signature ad-libs "Vanglorious" and "Sissy!"--for their first album since 1992's Xodus. Sadly, the group's senior outing is even less fulfilling than their 14-year delayed junior offering, Return From Mecca [click to read].