“ Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - Hardcore & Gangsta Rap / Artist: Foesum / Audio CD released 2003-09-30 at Perfection Label „
Consisting of T-Dubb, MNMsta and DJ Glaze; Foesum was created after starting up as 'Perfection' with the inclusion of the rappers Domino and Wayniac (of Tha Twinz) in the eighties. It wasn't until lots of processes leading up to 1996 when they finally stripped themselves to this line-up, but refused to give us their new 'Foesum' name and so instead stated that their late friend Travvy Trav was an additional member, at which point they recorded their solo album; "Perfection". The group includes come of the finest underground Long Beach, California Rap talent bringing more of the distinctive G-Funk of the West Coast.
2. "Ultimate Collaboration"
The act set the album off in a very nice way as we have them linking up with tha twins and together they seem to make for a nice mix of artists all from the LBC coming to bring sweet G-Funk in the key mid-nineties period. This is a fly one and it features the perfect winding synth to give it a laid-back feel before the rappers go off with their smoothly-rolling rhymes which top it off and make it a great start to the thing.
3. "In The Wind"
They keep that heavy G-Funk coming as they take us right into the kind of thing that was popularised by both Dr. Dre and their fellow Long Beach artist Snoop Doggy Dogg. They seem to do well on this one to keep things mellow and calm in spite of the fact the quality of the bests may influence them to get a bit carried away with it. There's a lot to like about this one, and although the rhymes may not be all that special, they still get the job done.
4. "Lil' Somethin' Somethin'"
This was a pretty popular single from the act and so I saw it as something that stood out a little on the record as a joint which stands apart from the rest on the release and is more intent in coming up with a more commercially-directed sound. I didn't think that it was all that successful in that respect, however it was still amongst the best that I thought the album had to offer from the three of them.
5. "Who Got Game?" (Lude)
6. "Runnin' Game"
As we come off an interlude we find ourselves thrown right into another of the singles from the release. I saw this to be a pretty raw one as we find that the rappers get up over rather harder beats and so it gives off a slightly edgier feel. The MCs get to the flowing towards the girls as they try and get a little something and they do it nicely to give things a very summery feel in the process.
Although this one seems to lack the slapping beats which you expect of G-Funk from this time, I felt that the act still did a good job at ensuring that it didn't really need this and could operate effectively by capitalising more on features such as the soothing grooves and the laid-back way in which they decide to get things done. It's a decent track and has them following the course of their careers together.
8. "G-Skit" (Lude)
9. "Just Get Down"
This one features harder "More Bounce To The Ounce" slaps on it and it seems fitting to have the talkbox used on the vocals for the hook to give this one a distinctive Zapp & Roger feel to it. The tune appealed directly to my tastes in the grungy end of what such G-Funk was offering at the time. The rhymes aren't as intense as similar acts (more intent in Gangsta Rap at the time) and so it's accessible to a wide range of listeners.
10. "Listen To The Sound"
They seem to calm things down quite a bit for this one adn I thought that it was good to see that they wouldn't stay on with that more hardcore material and could easily just cool out with this sort of thing when it was relevant. Tunes such as this one make for great background atmospheric music to any summery scene with its Kool & The Gang "Summer Madness"-styled synth.
11. "Don't Get It Twisted"
Showing that the West Coast really isn't just about that same old Gangsta Rap material, we find that on this one they come out with another track designed to draw in the female listeners in (in addition to the males who'll have already been attracted by the funky grooves which comes with the music. This one hits hard and takes you right in as it gets going and more Talkbox work is used to suit what people know about these ends of the US.
12. "Come Take A Ride"
I was impressed by the way they take things for this one as they decide to set things off with more mellow music that anyone is able to find a liking for as it hasn't got the aggressive feel which a lot of Rap at this time brought with it. The tune rolls away in a very passive manner and so you really can't mess with it or have any problems when you find just how loosely things flow out of them.
13. "Who Got Your Back"
Things get a little harder for this one and it seemed as though they really had to this time around as the direction that they explore is a little more intense than usual. The rhymes are all over the place with speedy flows and then a few calmer ones thrown in there too and so you really have to listen well to keep up with how they go off here and blast out that hardcore material for the people around them.
14. "Some Things Never Change"
The album ends well. Here we find a nice and soothing cut from them to draw things in to a suitable end where nothing's over-the-top and things are all done in a way which ensures that you'll have a good time as it's so refreshing and sounds to be an attempt to break this sort of sound into the commercial, mainstream audience without losing the authenticity of such material (and so they won't lose local fans in the process).
This is a solid album from Foesum and a great way to se t their album off. You shouldn't dwell on the fact that Tha twins' debut (and only) album was inconsistent as this record shows that they are a completely separate act and are very able to deliver a consistent record filled with lots of chilling G-Funk for all to get down to effortlessly.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Ultimate Collaboration featuring The Twinz
3 In The Wind featuring Bo-Rocc of The Dove Shack
4 Lil Somethin' Somethin'
5 Who Got Game?
6 Runnin' Game featuring Bo-Rocc of The Dove Shack
9 Just Get Down (G-Shit)
10 Listen To The Sound
11 Don't Get It Twisted
12 Come Take A Ride
13 Who Got Your Back featuring ALT, O'Genius & Wayniac
14 Some Things Never Change