Andrew E.

Wholesome

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The title of Philippine rapper Andrew E.'s 1999 album, Wholesome, is just the opposite of the album's material, which contains many double entendres that can easily be interpreted as sexual in nature, as well as some content that is just plain sexual. The album's last three songs, however, are "clean." The album marks a comeback for Andrew E., widely regarded, along with Francis M., as one of the founding fathers of Philippine rap. He was absent from the recording/rapping scene for a while, as he notes here, and is back to reclaim his title. He got his wish, as Wholesome was a top-selling album. "Fax Me" is representative of the album's double-entendre element, and is about a girl who likes to "fax" a lot. The melody from the chorus of Diana Ross' "Touch Me in the Morning," is used for the lyrics "Fax me in the morning/Then just walk away/We will fax tomorrow/'Cuz we faxed yesterday." "Picnic" tells about, among other things, licking a lollipop from "top to bottom." Other lyrics on the album are more explicit. Andrew E. also spends much time decrying his critics, who thought he was gone for good. Andrew E. is an excellent, fluid rapper, and the musicianship throughout the album is also excellent.