Kottonmouth Kings

Royal Highness

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White, West Coast b-boys doing that white b-boy thing, Kottonmouth Kings combine Beastie Boy rhymes (without the brains to back them up) and Sublime-like SoCal ska (without the chops to back them up) for a witless, predictable debut album. Loaded with up-in-smoke winks and nudges -- bud and blunts cover the subjects of nearly every song here -- Royal Highness relies on obvious samples (like on "Suburban Life," which sounds an awful lot like something those other Beastie wannabes, the Fun Lovin' Criminals, would do) and inane, rallying chants (about bud and blunts; what else?) to get its one-note message across. Worse, the Kings' hangin'-with-da-homeboys 'tude (best displayed on "Dog's Life") comes off forced and rather wretched, a desperate cry for attention from a group of lost kids rolling with the times. An all-around worthless endeavor.

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