281 Boyz

Chopped & Screwed, Vol. 2

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The 281 Boyz screw and chop with a lighter touch than Swishahouse or O.G. Ron C, which makes their sound less hallucinatory than hardcore syrup sippers who really want their minds blown might like. Of course, Chopped & Screwed, Vol. 2 is their second release for the generally cheesy Ichiban label, a label that's quick to jump on any urban fad it can with whatever artists it can find in a hurry. This all spells disaster, but the 281 Boyz have quite an exciting stable of upstarts to work with here, and hungry enthusiasm carries the disc. ManHood's insanely catchy "Yah Yah" is party crunk worthy of Lil Jon, while Drop City D.J.'s' "I Came to Make You Boogie" ("Boogie down to the P.Y.T./Shake your bootie for the hoochie in the place to be") is a classic Dirty South single in the sleazy tradition of Khia's "My Neck My Back." Seeing how the label always has a faceless DJ at the ready for whatever the latest sound is, the 281 Boyz could be Ichiban's board of directors masquerading as remixers. They sure aren't trying to compete with the mighty Swishahouse with this minimally slowed-down sound. And chopping? There's a stutter here and there, well-placed ones but infrequent. Too bright and upbeat for the real screwheads, but Chopped & Screwed, Vol. 2 is better than expected.

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