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"Hoodstar" came out in 2006, and is the third release from the St. Louis, Missouri rapper, Chingy. Up to this point in his career, Chingy had done very little but come with strong club tunes, and here he goes for nearly a full release with tunes directed specifically for this purpose.
2. "Hands Up"
In order to get into the feel of the album from the very start, here you have some hard beats from Poli Paul, who provide the rapper with the best production in order to get into the feel of this release. This one is one to get you loose and ready for what is about to come in the record.
3. "Club Gettin' Crowded"
Here a big club tune to get you moving and it has Chingaling performing with the Dirty South veterans, Three 6 Mafia, in a track which has them attempt to get Chingy's gangsta status up. I liked it, however it tended to lose its energy at certain points during it, these inconsistancies lose the power of the chanting in the verses.
4. "Nike Aurr's and Cripsy Tee's"
I'm not sure which came first, however I know that a track whcih used the same hook was performed by Rick Ross aroudn the same time. Here you have Chingy explaining how he likes to stay fly with a new tee and sneakers whenever he decides to hit the streets, and it makes you want to roll on the streets and flaunt your look.
5. "Bounce That"
Although the theme of it may be rather played out, when you get into club rap, the lyrical content isn't too important, so if you ignore the fact that most rappers have got a tune which tells girls to "Bounce" something, you still have a tune which has amazing beats from The Track Starz, which seem to have taken lots of influence from Jazzy Pha and what he did when he made "1, 2 Step".
6. "Cadillac Doors"
Poli Paul returns for this one on the production, but I foudn that it was far from as strong as the earlier tune which he did with Chingy. I would have to say that the fault is more with Chingy's raps than the beat as it is a nice smmoth one which matches the content of the rhymes, however the lack of energy makes this one unmemorable in comparison to other tracks on this LP.
7. "Dem Jeans"
Here's one of the singles from the album, and has Chingy working alongside So So Def's founder Jermaine Dupri, and JD does all the production work for this one in order to give Chingy some authentic Mid-West/Dirty South sounds to match with the way that he raps, as well as having some appeal to the mainstream audience. He raps about his love for girls who wear tight jeans here to a nice effect with some beats to match the subject and period when it was performed.
8. "Pullin' Me Back"
I found this to be the best track from the album, and one of the best tracks which Chingy has done to date. You have him performing with the R&B singer Tyrese in a tune which reminds me of his first big Rap/R&B collab in 2003 with J-Weav, entitled "One Call Away", here the theme is a bit different as he directs his words to the females, and raps on how he wants to preserve his relationship with a particular one.
9. "U A Freak"
Earlier tunes which had Chingy go into some typical club rap were fine with me, but as Chingy is capable of rapping properly, I was annoyed by the levels of repition during this one as he goes for something which I would expect from Lil' Jon and the Eastside Boyz around 2001, where they just called out little lines, and when Chingy flows, it doesn't really come that naturally with the beat.
10. "Brand New Kicks"
Here you get a tune which runs on simialr themes as to what is found on "Nike Aurr's and Cripsy Tees" from earlier on. However I woulnd't say that this indicates a lack of creativty, its rather a capabilty to make something out of what could be considnered to be a limited amoutn of material, and it makes sure that you get excited for when you have some new creps on your feet and your ready to show it off with the latest outfit you have picked out.
11. "Ass N Da Aurr"
Here you have a well-constructed dance, club rap track from Chingy, and it really gets you moving, it seems to get you into the mood that yoy will have felt on the opening of the album, and it is a strong way to do it. There is little you can complain about as he does these tunes so well, leaving little room for hints of negativity.
12. "Let Me Luv U"
I have to say that I really enjoyed listeniong to the beat here, and considering that Timbalnd created it, this is no surprise, however once you get into the raps, it just loses all of its energy. To do along with the producer, Timbo, you get Keri Hilson, you is closely associate with him, and to be honest, I don't think too highly of her singing, and so I was annoyed to hear her sing as part of the chorus.
13. "Let's Ride"
Fatman Scoop makes sure that the album ends in a big way as he acts as the hype man for this tune and gives Chingy the energy to rap to the excitng beats from the veteran producer Kwamé Holland, who gives us something nice to remeber the album by in the closing moments of it.
I thought that this was the best release from Chingy. I mostly felt this way because he decided to go in a precise direction with this one, and only swayed away form it on a couple of occassions. if you are looking for some nice club rap, then this is the album for you. For lyrical quality, St. Louis rappers aren't the best (look at Nelly, Murphy Lee and Jibbs), so don't expect anything special in that respect, but for good beats, and raps which accompany it well, this is what you want.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Intro (Rid'in Wit Me) - Chingy
2 Hands Up - Chingy
3 Club Gettin' Crowded - Chingy, , Three 6 Mafia
4 Nike Aurr's & Crispy Tee's - Chingy
5 Bounce That - Chingy
6 Cadillac Door - Chingy, Midwest City
7 Dem Jeans - Chingy, Jermaine Dupri
8 Pullin' Me Back - Chingy, Tyrese
9 U a Freak (Nasty Girl) - Chingy,
10 Brand New Kicks - Chingy, Mannie Fresh
11 Ass N Da Aurr - Chingy,
12 Let Me Luv U - Chingy
13 Let's Ride - Chingy,