It's sad how so many of New Orlean's most talented rappers have been killed or is serving long jail sentenses. Wheter he did gangstarap or bounce Sporty T is among the veterans and his untimely death/murder (isn't murders always untimely?) sure is tragic. By the time of his death he may have been retired from the business for years but he will still be missed. This "tape only" ep is among his first, way before he went gangsta or started his drawn out (and one sided) beef with Juvenile.
While it may not win over any bounce haters out there i must say it's an exceptional release and it kicks ass with some of the newer, neo-bounce wich i think is 100% garbage. As a matter of fact, along with some "Magnolia Shorty" and K.C. Red songs this is among the best bounce iv'e heard. This subgenre (of rap) where made to get the party started, if you sit at home and listen to it, trying to get the lyrics then youre missing the whole point with bounce. No matter how much that may aply to "It's all good" i think it's good enough to work just as good outside of the party.
Well, enough bout that and on to the songs, usualy i hate intro's and skip them but this time im tempted to say that the intro is among the favourites on this tape, it's kinda like a mini song. The beat itself is pretty simple but most def. great and is very much a classic New Orleans marching band/Jazz beat with a dominant trombone in the focus. Sometimes the simple is the best and while this is far from advanced it's very catchy and i would have loved to see this expanded into a full lenght song. Lyricaly it's nothing to talk about, Sporty just says how he's trying to put all Big Boy artist on the map. Following this great start is the first song "Nothing but bounce", a great and souly track who strays far from "triggaman" while still being 100% bounce all the way.
Weed and Raqp goes hand in hand almost to the extent Reggae and weed goes together (although the religious element is gone in rap) so what would be more fitting than a relaxed weed song as the next track? As fara as the beat goes it's kinda romantic, relaxing whitcha girl and spending the sundayt in bed kinda way. It's realy not that much rapping goin on in here but more talkin. Anyway, it's a good song and if you ain't demanding too much of an intelectual challenge (who does when putting on a bounce song?) you will like it. The tempo is turned up quite a bit with the next track "Exercise the workout" which is very much a typical uptempo bounce song with typical lyrics which is nothing much to talk about.
After that it's time for the b-side which is nothing more than the same songs as on the A-side but in radio verisions. While i wish this was a full lenght album i have to admit that what we get is Bounce at it's best and it even has some musical merit which is more than what you can say about alot of the bounce you hear nowadays. Trying not to get too talky, if you are even remotely into Bounce this is a must have tape, if youre into the trader circuit you could prob. get this album in mp3 format.