Representin' Till the World Ends

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Shoestring's debut solo album mines much of the same territory as his previous work with the Dayton Family both in terms of rapping and production. He's still representing his hardcore delivery and harsh lyrics, along with the unique experiences he's had living in Flint, MI, a city with none of the glamour of California or New York. Furthermore, he never raps much about material possessions such as cars or jewelry. He seems content surviving in a rough city and occasionally getting high. It's a simple and rather untraditional ideology, but admittedly more sincere than the "ghetto fabulous" mentality of most rappers. The album's production does the job and that's about it. So, in the end, the most enticing aspect of this album is Shoestring's tough ideology; it's very realistic and quite refreshing.

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