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    Homeboy Sandman – “Hallways” – [Stones Throw]

    Angel Del Villar II is no sequel, but he is Homeboy
    Sandman and armed with some killer production from a
    variety of folks, he deadpans straight through to the
    brainpan. His lyrics remind me of kids keeping journals,
    more focus on frank takes than rank fakes. Early on
    when Sandman says “Street don’t want him around he too
    deep, The deep don’t want him around, he too street”
    that’s a promising calling card, things that fall
    between the margins, or live in the borders tend
    to be more interesting. Sandman lives and walks around
    NYC (literally on “Stroll”) and while on “Heaven Too”
    his stomach may be turning, he keeps the home fires
    burning with a hint of sideways pride on “America
    the Beautiful.” On “Problems” it starts with him
    wanting a free clinic to give him the gift of no
    gift and good news, but he winds up on a bus with
    second hand smoke and headed towards hipsterville.
    He dodges a mirror but runs into a flock of rabid
    Kurt Cobain fans, and he may be one himself. He’s a
    reflective dude, and his cadence has a little of that
    Kool Keith clip to the end of his line lurch, but his
    weirdness is not intergalactic, more homegrown and
    finely tuned. Side C may be the Sex side, although he
    already hit the free clinic, but the squeezing between
    the “Grand Pupa” and his “Personal Ad” his own braggadicio
    is flagging at times, self-flagellating but not that
    way. He still honors that drive of “Out of woman, comes a
    man, spends the rest of his life getting back when he can.”
    That’s not his lyrics but he’s trying to “right his ship
    and keep it steady” it’s not a pirate booty quest and yo
    ho for the ho’s. The sexxiest song might be “Stroll” not
    so much lyrically but the Bossa Nova that’s stuffed into
    his beat pocket as he hits the streets. All the lyrics
    are printed inside the gatefold and worth perusing, well
    no printed for the two bonus vinyl tracks, “Army” and
    “Holiday.” The former with a sweet singing Jeannette Berry
    metaphor mixing love and war while “Holiday” takes the
    forced family get-togethers to force an honest eye in his
    uncle/sister’s ears. I was hooked by the power of the very
    first side, but his insights and inside rhymes present a
    real guy, no cardboard cut-out or product displacement
    and not a hallowed hologram. That alone qualifies for
    originality… No sleeping on the Sandman.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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