Francis M. is always ready and willing to broaden his musical horizons, and his catalog is packed with adventurous albums. On 1995's Free Man, for example, he put together a masterful blend of gritty rapping and soulful choruses, fueled by blistering guitar work. On 1997's Battle Happy, he explored dissonance, metal, and punk, and on this album, 1998's The Oddventures of Mr. Cool, he foregoes the gritty guitar and explores mellow, urban-style rapping, often reinforced by soulful choruses. Francis M. keeps aware of the latest trends in rap, and it's a safe bet he has listened to American rap band Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, including their 1997 album The Art of War. A few of the choruses on the The Oddventures of Mr. Cool are sampled from Western artists, including Whodini's "Friends and Stangers," as heard on "Friends" here, but Francis M. writes or co-writes most of the material. His rapping is voluble, and he explores a multitude of topics, including a tribute to past soul artists, as heard on "Old Skool." The Oddventures of Mr. Cool is another strong Francis M. album.
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AllMusic Review by David Gonzales