T-Nutty

Flowmastermouth

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Bay Area rapper/producer T-Nutty has a distinct sound, one that's equal parts gangsta aggression -- the spitfire opening track "Simple Statement" is a take-no-prisoners declaration of intent -- and a considerably weirder, looser style than one immediately associates with hardcore rap. T-Nutty's largely electronic beats aren't "just-press-play" minimalism like so many of his peers, but fully realized mutations of sound that are as interesting on their own as the raps above them. The tension between the grim starkness of T-Nutty's lyrical vision and the oddball soundscapes percolating underneath makes Flowmastermouth a difficult album to parse at times, but a little effort reveals it to be a challenging yet entertaining listen. Particular highlights include the chattering steel-drum-like sound underpinning "After Tonite," and the fiercely delivered slow burner "Black Armor."

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