Boboso – “Life’s a Gas” – [Self-released]
You know, I’m going to have to do a grave in order to play this CD, because it’s really rollicking and fun. Boboso lays down the beats and raps some killer lyrics with references to pop culture of yesteryear: 6 is a namedropping tribute to Star Trek The Next Generation; 7 mentions Ash Ketchum (“I choose YOU!”); 2 has a sample of Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better”); 8 is based on “I’m Your Puppet” from 1966; Joe Esposito’s “You’re the Best” is sampled in 12. This Mexican-born, San Jose-based musician even throws in some references to Santa Clara and the South Bay. On top of the beats there are jazz (3, 9) and big band influences (5). Overall, full of energy and makes you really feel that life’s a gas indeed.