Chocolate Bandit

Lyrical Warfare

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Lyrical Warfare shows that country boys can rap, too -- something Chocolate Bandit goes out of his way to let you know. In fact, Chocolate's record label is actually called Countryboy Records, and nearly every song on the album features a rapper from the Countryboy roster. However, there's a difference between rapping and rapping well. And, unfortunately, this album showcases the former but not the latter -- Chocolate can drop rhymes but not incredibly well, and it doesn't help that this album's production is horrid. It's not just the beats that prove near inlistenable but rather the vocals, which sound like they've been treated with effects for the worse. Nonetheless, even if Lyrical Warfare sounds budget, those who enjoy hearing the country represented should find something here of worth. It's perhaps most interesting to hear the smooth R&B vocals that occasionally appear in an attempt to instill more "soul" into the album.

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