Spank Rock, YoYoYoYoYo
Indie rappers with a penchant for booty calls
The indie rap set likes to focus on old-school fundamentals, anti-materialist philosophizing and lyrical abstraction — but even they need to get wasted and make some booty calls. B-More cats Naeem Juwan (who raps like Phife on a Mountain Dew bender) and producer XXXChange don’t sound so much like backpacker snot-noses having an ironic snicker at bounce rap than they do a couple avant-pranksters with an ear for catchy ridiculousness. The production veers between borderline parody and futuristic speculation, 808 hyperactivity ricocheting off Robitussin sleazo-funk, and hooks like “strip down to your under-way-er” and “Coke and wet, b—-/guns, n—-, holla” don’t laugh at the Dirty South, they laugh with it.