Sticky Fingaz

Blacktrash: The Autobiography of Kirk Jones

posted June 04, 2001 12:00:00 AM CDT | 3 comments

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After a nearly 8-month delay due to bootlegging and some other set backs Blacktrash has finally been released. While Sticky has always been Onyx's shining star and is probably the best lyricist in gangsta rap, I was skeptical as to whether he could pull off a solo joint without becoming tiresome. Thankfully, Sticky proved me wrong by greatly expanding his lyrical horizons and using a fucking brilliant concept for the album.

The core of the album has 5 songs that make up a story, Why is done in conversation form and sets up Sticky's crime over a dope DJ Scatch beat. The song ends with Sticky killing his boy and then pleading to God, this leads to the next song Oh My God. Sticks spits some incredibly insightful lyrics about God and the big questions in life, impressive shit. His court case is next, State vs. Kirk Jones, dope song, great lyrics all around, Canibus is ill. Baby Brother and Cheatin' are songs about problems that he can't control while in prison, the latter is pretty blazing.

Sticky also establishes his mentality before all these songs with the rowdy Come On, the Onyxish My Doggz Iz My Gunz and the mediocre Not Die'n. Sticky again shows his lyrical talent on Money Talks when he takes on the role of currency. What If I Was White is absolutely hilarious as Sticky applies harmless stereotypes about white people to himself. Ghetto is amusing as well as he follows a formula similar to Kardinal's and points out what makes people ghetto.

Blacktrash did have some mistakes, What'chu Want is pretty weak and Licken Off In Hiphop tries to do too much. Sister I'm Sorry is a 'Pac quality ode to women but it is just a little R&Bish for my tastes. Sticky Fingaz certainly has a lot more to offer than he has shown (check the liner notes), this album showed a lot more maturity than his Onyx showings. Sticky has the potential to be one of the best emcees in Hip Hop instead of just in gangsta rap. He doesn't need to get rid of his grimy-ass lyrics (you have to love'em) but he just needs to continue to become a well-rounded emcee and show his true potential. There would be no stopping him.


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