“ Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap / Artist: The Rangers / Colour / Audio CD released 2009-11-10 at RBC „
"Jerkin Is A Habit, Vol. 1" was released in 2009 and came as the debut album from The Ranger$. Going Originally as the Go-Go Power Ranger$ or P-Ranger$, the act consists of a group of Jerkin' dancers from California with them tunring to making their own 'music to jerk' to later on and their dance crew became more popular. The album follows on from the release of "Skinny Jeanz & A Mic", the New Boyz debut record and the first 'Jerkin' Music' album, but in this case finds an act (with rappers in the crew ranging from 18 to 15 in age) who weren't initially intending to go about things this way. Here they are found to work with a few of the other underground Jerkin' Music artists, working in a style that takes from Hipster Rap, Hyphy and Old School Hip Hop with its minimalistic beats, but in this form adapted mainly for dancing purposes.
1. "Pin Drop"
They kick the album off with a heavy tune that revolves around a dance move heavily seen in Jerkin', and they manage to do quite a lot in order to build a complete tune around it. Much of it sounds like a bit of a warm-up to later tunes, and it appears that we get an over-complicated production composition that feels a bit too much for a track in this style, however you can't really complain as you have them joined by Cliff Savage, the Baby Dollz and Yongf3rd too.
2. "Around She Go"
As they roll things through, we see that they up the standard of things a littlehere with a tune that I felt sounded like something a little more manageable to work with than the kind of thing that they opened the album up with. It's more hyped danceable Rap material, and seems to take on much more Northern California Hyphy in it as they come with rhymes that you can't really complain about simplicity for as rapping isn't really their thing and it does all you need to back up the beats here.
3. "Rock Your World"
An adapted version of Indigo Vanity track, this one is a hardcore tune and has them coming to show support for other up-and-comers by bringing forward this solo female rapper on a tune that knocks hard and finds them comign together very effectively on top of some typically experimental beats that you tend to get in this sub-genre of Hip Hop. It is a nice added bonus on the album and does the job.
4. "Tag 'Em In"
The Ranger$ jump right back into things as they get down on this one and throw down a banger of a tune and that has them sampling The Cool Kids (a Hipster Rap act that contributed to the coldness of the beats found in this sub-genre) and here we get a track that has them creating a hyped battle scene through their music as the rappers tag each other in and do their thing (as they would when they dance).
5. "Hot Like Me"
We get another appearance from the Baby Dollz on this one, and in this case its as we have the act taking another step back in order to show off one of the more popular acts who work in this field. It is a light tune and isn't quite as 'turnt' as the tunes that had come before it, however you still get all the sort of energetic stuff that you are bound to enjoy if you are down with this style of Hip Hop.
6. "I'm A Monster"
With this one we see even more evidence of the fact that the act are clearly heavily influenced by the work of Lil' Wayne, and so in addition to his style of rapping (at points) we see that we get additional Weezy-isms coming through with the types of concepts that they introduce into the thing. It is a rather confusing one as it doesn't seem to be as lively as others, but the tempo is just as high as all the others up to this point.
7. "Knock It Out The Park"
Here we see them pass things over once again as they allow Yong3rd to come and do his thing over the track and take over the album. Honestly, this is the best rapping on the album and it seems to bring down the rest of the thing as we give something to compare the lack of ability of the P-Ranger$ with, but you can't really dwell on this for too long as here we are given a straight banger of a Jerkin tune.
8. "In My Tight Jeans"
This one has Long Beach's Cliff Savage doing his thing and rapping about how he works things as he performs a track about how he supports the culture that its participants go by 'Jerk' and tend to wear skinny jeans in opposition to the sort of thing that West Coast rap is known for with its close association with the gang problems throughout the state (especially in LA county and Oakland). It didn't do enough to make me want to wear any, but it still goes hard.
9. "She Likes Me"
This one sees them forced to change their approach as they throw down one of their singles, and a track that has them moving right away from the dance material in order to do something that made for a warm-up for the track that would follow it. Although it didn't do a lot in representing the album, it shows that they are willing to try a little more along the way, but really this kind of stuff wasn't working with me, and flopped just how it did on the New Boyz' first album.
10. "Number 1 Dime"
They carry things on with more in this stlye whereby they completely strip everything down and are backed by some R&B beats instead of the hard Hip Hop beats. We find that they do their thing on some auto-tuning as it has them mixing the raps with lots of singing and it overcomes this potential issue by essentially doing all the singing for them, but really it is a lifeless tune and does nothing whatsoever for me. I felt that it was a poor choice in a single from them and doesn't suit what they are about.
They move back towards some more hyped material here as we see that with this one they get down to one where they can create the atmosphere that they are used to when they go off in the functions and throw down their best dance moves. It seems rather average here, and this comes in spite of the fact that we have them joined by lots of the guests who have already seen through the album.
12. "Go Hard"
The Ranger$ end the album with something heavy to show that they couldn't disappoint after doing a few tunes that don't seem to come close to the standard of the kind of tracks that they typically dance to. It has a lot to offer here and I felt that it was a nice attempt to rescue things at the end to show that they were able to come out with a little more of the kind of stuff that listeners came to hear.
I can't say that I expected too much from a group that originally formed to dance rather than rap, however I still would have expected much more from this album where the beats are concerned. The whole album over-complicates the production that makes the best music to jerk to and so it leaves offering an album that is only as good as the New Boyz' debut effort (another average album). It appears that Jerkin' Music doesn't translate well into full albums, and in this case the act don't actually participate all the way through and hand things over to others, who simply show them up.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Pin Drop
2 Around She Go
3 Rock Your World
4 Tag Em In
5 Hot Like Me
6 I'm a Monster
7 Knock It out the Park
8 In My Tight Jeans
9 She Likes Me
10 Number I Dime
12 Go Hard