Few rappers can spit emotional, confrontational trashy commentary-adorned with unsuspecting insults issuing fiery verbal challenges to wit or brawn — in a way that is still palatable. Baby Drew (Infinite- Unexplained.com) is part of an elite few, stemming from Milwaukee’s Center Street, among other boldly claim historical landmark boulevards and drives in their “Kil-waukee.” His utter hypnotic flow is relevant and devastating, reeling you into a myriad of lifestyles, survival mode mindsets and familiar gritty-told tales of success, selfishness, a smattering of danger and unbridled courage.
This mega-disc compilation is full of what this 5 foot 6 demure soulful, somewhat-sexy local rapper, hopes, to either offend, affect or assault you. His is a grainy impervious cored rap texture with Big Hank – as his producer, sharing grooves that are
befitting to faithful head bobbers or new-fangled coochie poppers. Playboy “D” accents the project with his easy, “country- boy” banter. All of the voices on this CD are collectively willing to be challenging, storytellers, orating a type of “black history” few delve.
Big Hank also lays a musical foundation for his partner, the self-dubbed “Ghetto Hero.” And Andrew Green, his signature initially ill fitted voice mouthing off with whimsical ease similarities between he and another legend, Humphry Bogart. Both
styles shift fans from side to side in a trance-like method.
Green once said to me, “98 percent of what I write about is real.” With this latest release and Street Music, Vol. 1, he maintains his spot among the elite reality rappers — even garnering support from long time Rap fiend, Too Short.
Soulja Slim’s music has been deemed “uncompromising, straight street, just street to the bone.” Similarly, Andrew Green’s symphony starts at street and ends at a place that would surely please jazzy “baritone bass bother,” Lou Rawls, and satisfy
lippy slicksters like “Goldie the Mac” and even manage to oddly be the object of a bevy of a beautiful women’s attention.
Expected and featured are lyrics about the “women of the street” and their projected wicked ways in need of “pimp” reform, especially in Pimp Tight, featuring Playboy “D.” Chevy’s are prevalent, as are money, drugs and yes, hoes.
Yet, as motley as this recent release of an arsenal of songs is, Disco Lady’s Baby Drew has grown, vocally maturing into the King of the Midwest, of sorts.
Street Music, Vol. I – CD Review
By Yolanda D. White for HipHopHotSpot.Com