Album Review: Shwayze

 |  August 23, 2008
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A few weeks back, I mentioned California-bred rapper Shwayze to you all and that he was on a quick rise to fame. To re-familiarize you all with his story, he’s from Malibu, and he got his start after he befriended rock producer and former Whitestarr member Cisco Adler. The two collaborated to make some songs and eventually got a deal with Suretone Records and got their own MTV show called Buzzin’.  

Anyway, their debut album came out on Tuesday, and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you all. The album is 12 tracks long (actually 69, but I’ll explain later), and is filled with quotable lyrics from Shwayze’s laid-back raps, and tons of catchy melodies crafted by Adler. The two singles “Corona & Lime” and “Buzzin” basically set the tone for the rest of the album, but definitely are not the highlights.

Shwayze and Cisco are definitely a great duo, however. They feed off each other creatively, and have the unique ability to transform regular album cuts dedicated to James Brown  into potential singles that could get TRL play. The best track on the album is either the lead-off, “Roamin,” on which Shwayze discusses blowing up and having fun while doing it.

Through all the weed and women references, this is a quality album with literally not one bad song. And, in an effort to surprise the CD-buying masses with a bonus, after the first 12 tracks, Shwayze & Co. add 56 tracks of white noise before track #69 – a bonus track.  Enjoy this album and go out and buy it, if you can sit through all 69 tracks.

Shwayze’s Buzzin

 |  July 25, 2008
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Finally! An artist has his own show on MTV and he doesn’t suck! If you guys didn’t catch the series premiere for “Buzzin” the other day on MTV, you just might be missing out on an actually good show on the Music Television Network. If you’re unfamiliar with Shwayze, he was bred in the mean streets of Malibu and is currently signed to Suretone Records/Geffen Records. Shwayze is the epitome of laid-back rap and is very visibly a product of his environment. His songs are slow, catchy, and very bouncy; much like the beautiful beaches of Cali. Shwayze’s group consists of Cisco Adler on guitar/vocals, who’s the former frontman of WhiteStarr and son of famed producer Lou Adler; DJ Skeet Skeet on the 1′s and 2′s; and Shwayze. With singles “Buzzin” and “Corona and Lime” getting heavy rotation on MTV and on several radio stations, Shwayze and his cohorts are definitely making some feel-good summer music for the boys and girls. Check out his debut, due to be released August 19th. For now, download “Buzzin” below…

“Buzzin” by Shwayze