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Big Remo’s Entrapment is presented by 9th Wonder, but it is not one of the 9th’s collaboration albums, such as the ones he’s done with MURS, Buckshot and Jean Grae. Still, the production has a familiar laid back feel, and Remo, a Winston-Salem, N.C. native like 9th, has the smooth, relaxed flow to match.

Surprisingly, the few tracks produced by 9th (“The Game,” “Woop Woop,” “Wonderbread” and “Go Ladies”) aren’t the album’s highlights. Meanwhile, “What It Takes” produced by Khrysis is peppered with just the right amount of muted horn bursts, as Remo gets on his grind (“when the going got tough, I went and got hard”), establishing himself as a working man’s, no nonsense crime rapper. He invokes the Notorious B.I.G. on “Don’t Matter (Over There)” when he steps into an AMP produced scratched up track spitting, “It was all a dream/mad AKs and magazines/shit was hectic, salt and pepper, man I could feel the heat/I heard scriptures from my mom/Psalm 26, wifey sick, but she gotta hold on, damn.”

Remo is at his best when he’s giving us these reality-tinged life in streets nuggets–staying up all night, ducking police, people running up on his mom’s house. There’s some corny stuff conceptually, though, with songs like “Wonderbread” and “Girls Most Wanted.” Hooks aren’t Remo’s specialty and the “Woop Woop” refrain of “hop out of the car, woop woop, stand back” is particularly annoying. Is this really a chorus about the sound your car makes after you lock it? Woop woop? Errr…

“Entrapment” and “What Is Your Name” get back to Remo’s bread and butter, as the latter finds him telling tales of women in trouble: “So you had another child/your mom’s kicked you out/And you don’t wanna live with your father cause he shouts/and screams when he drink/he become a little freak/tried to rape you and beat you like a woman in the streets.”

One gripe that needs to be brought up with the production here is the continued use of sped up soul samples. Ka$h does it here on “Without You,” 9th does it on “Go Ladies” and “Wonderbread,” you can hear it in the backdrop of “Serenity” produced by Eric G. Give it a rest. It’s like auto-tune. Stop throwing it on everything.

Otherwise, it’s not a bad debut solo effort from Remo–he has some command of the form and a realistic perspective. It’s also good to see the North Carolina hip hop scene continue to produce. But Remo can do himself a favor by trimming some of this fat, maybe bringing someone in to write better hooks and laying off the dusty old samples.

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6 Responses to "Big Remo – “Entrapment” – @@@ (Review)"
  • Brother RC says:

    This is a very good CD. It deserves four mics. However, what do you expect from a site that gives drake a five, rick ross a four, and pretty much every other commecial release that has come out this summer a four? The production on the cd is better than anything I have heard from the commercial side. The M phazes joint alone on the CD should garner a 3. Also, real hip hoppers don’t give a flip about a hook. That is for dumb brainwashed MTV/BET listeners that can’t remember the verses. You all are starting to sound like movie goers that care about what numbers the movie grosses on the first weekend. You do deserve credit for pointing out the best conceptual song “What is your name” on the CD. Remo isn’t a Nas or Rakim’; however, he is light years ahead of the Drake’s and Rick Ross’s that you all have been cosigning lately. Also, it’s refreshing to hear a southern rapper that doesn’t play the shoe shining, tap dancing, happy go lucky negro role that is played by most southern “artists”. Southern black men are more complicated than what is currently being displayed. Good looking out Remo! Eric G is the hottest producer in the game in my opinion. What this album lacks is one or two more Eric G joints.

    Lastly, I shouldn’t be surprised to find such a inaccurate review from hiphopsite. You all didn’t do a review for the best release last year. That would be Skyzoo’s Salvation. I am sure you all will find something wrong with his new CD that will be release on October 5th. You all just can’t catch the frisbees. Quit playing A&R and attempting to tell artists that make real hip hop how to make their music more assessible to the ignorant dumb mainstream hip hop audience. The decline of this site knows no bounds. How low can you all go.

  • LARYEA says:

    these mugfuggaz up here need to change the website to yall r literally butt now! this cd is a very good debut for an up and coming artist. dope beats from 9th khrysis, young guru etc what else do you need to get a four star rating?

  • A/DC/B says:

    Peep the name of the reviewer … not his first time reviewing a quality release this way.

  • This Fat Dick says:

    Fucking dick sucking site, no different from 2dopeboyz and nahright. Hiphopsite has gone to hell in the past couple of years.

  • D-Train says:

    This is a very good album, Big Remo is a much better Rick Ross with a simular flow….For the record I hate Rick Ross but they have a simular southern Drawl….. The beats on this mug goes really hard and he does a good job with them…. I think other cats may have done more with the beats but it’s still a good listen….. I agree with the other cats who are like how is Drakes and Rick Ross’s album better than this ???? I’m a real old school hip hop cat and maybe Pizzo needs me to start reviewing some albums….lol I give this a cool 3.5 but it may get better………

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