Smoked Outt

Bussen Heads and Gettin' Paid

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Featuring tracks by the Hot Boys, Big Tymers and Mannie Fresh, this spotlight for Houston's Smoked Outt Records doesn't look like much from the outside packaging and lack of track information. It's surprising then, that the productions (most by Relley Rell) and raps are excellent. Halfway between Timbaland-style electro-funk and Master P's Down South bounce, Relley Rell uses brief samples from even weirder sources than Timbaland has become known for, but never loses the groove. And though it's difficult to tell who's performing on each individual track, the raps are usually up to the production level. As a whole, Bussen Heads and Gettin' Paid is a very pleasant surprise.

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