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16 September, 2010@5:34 am

Texas’s own Dorrough, (or Dorrough Music, as he is sometimes referred), returns with his second LP, following the success of last year’s addictive clubs-to-the-cars anthem, “Ice Cream Paint Job”. The title track for the Prime Time Click frontman is “Get Big”, another bouncy Nitti produced banger that captures much of the same effect of his previous club hits. It’s here where Dorrough thrives; he’s got a crisp, commanding voice and a trademark Southern drawl that make him stand above many of his peers, taking command of the beat and carving out a handful of party cuts that help string the album together. Songs like “Get ‘Em Live” (feat. Jim Jones), “Ahh Yeah”, and “Si Si I Like” find Dorrough in the zone, sure to find there way to dancefloors over the next year or so.

Much of the rest of the album is spent in local territory, drawing heavy influence from his contemporaries, such as UGK. While Dorrough’s subject matter doesn’t really extend past the usual handful of hood hop topics, he’s got a fresh handful of Cadillac that would make Pimp C proud. Each “Hell of A Night”, “Way Better”, “Trouble” and “Freaky” find him balancing out over bumping, slow, southern soul. And let’s not forget that impetuous intro, “Sold Out”, which finds him in top form, while “M.I.A.” gives us a fleeting glimpse inside his head.

While this is an album made primarily for the riders, some of the overly R&B styled songs and near miss club tracks drag it down from time-to-time. The hustle-never-sleeps attitude of “In The Morning” sticks, but the syrupy hook waters things down a bit. The questionable “Breakfast In Bed” (feat. Ray J) is a made for daytime radio jam, relying on terribly derivative formulas that have been abused over and over again over the last thirty years. Meanwhile, we’re stuck with a couple of snoozers like “My Name” and “Handcuffs” to round out the rest of the record.

While not perfect on Get Big, Dorrough remains a bit of a local hero right now. But with such a distinct, enunciating voice inside him, chances are he will have a long future ahead of him that finds him rising above his extra large Texas backyard.

  Mixtape D.L.
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