Haystak

Car Fulla White Boys

posted April 27, 2001 12:00:00 AM CDT | 3 comments

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Although it does not qualify as outstanding, Haystak's Car Fulla White Boys is surprisingly refreshing at times. Haystak remarkably seems to have a proficiency at telling well-constructed tales, such as those narrated in the title track and the magnificent Dollar.

The latter also serves as a prime example of the excellent production found on the majority of the album's songs. Dollar strives for perfection by using a finely crafted blend of a moving bass line, a head nodding beat and a laid back melody. However, Car Fulla White Boys is rampant with inconsistency as the following track Down South Players proves with its nonchalant musical background and overly simplistic rhymes.

As a lyricist Haystak is extremely incongruous, as previously mentioned he is a competent storyteller but he also lapses into verses where his southern drawl proves more annoying than intriguing, and at times it seems that his rhyming vocabulary is somewhat limited. Love You Like is one highlight that finds Haystak in a contemplative moment, looking back on his childhood and giving thanks to his grandmother for all the sacrifices that she made in raising him. What makes this song even better is the relaxed vibe that it exudes and the emphatic horn blasts that accentuate Haystak's backdrop nicely. The same laid-back, relaxed feel works well on Can't Tell Me Nothing, and Some Of That.

Unfortunately, only about half of the tracks are noteworthy, but those that are do offer an enjoyable listening experience. One thing that is certain upon hearing Car Fulla White Boys is that Haystak and his Street Flavor production team have potential.

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