'Shaniqua' doesn't ruin
Little T debut
Little T and One
Fome is Dape
**** (out of five stars)
By Koroush Ghanean
Daily Cougar Staff
You see Little T and you think immediately
of Eminem -- a little, goofy-looking white guy who raps.
You hear Little T and you immediately think
of Eminem on Prozac. Eminem if he weren't in constant feuds with his mother.
Eminem if he wasn't an angry homophobe.
Eminem if his ex-wife didn't try to commit suicide and leave him (not necessarily
Little T and One Track Mike
aren't just another "flash-in-the-pan" white rap group -- the two actually
have talent. Their debut, Fome
is Dape, is solid despite its weak lead
Basically, Little T is Eminem if Eminem
weren't the jerk he is.
Eminem does have talent, and so do Little
T and One Track Mike -- talent that is not used to the fullest in their
"Shaniqua," from their debut album Fome
I always thought a first single should
be the best song the album has to offer, but apparently the music industry
doesn't think so.
The first single released is just what
the music industry thinks will sell the most, rather than a show of the
People who have seen the "Shaniqua" video
will obviously not give Little T and One Track Mike any respect. And people
because that is not the song the duo should
be judged on.
The song they should be judged on should
be "Wings" or "Sammy" or "Only When it Rains" or "Sycamore Trees" or just
anything else on the album.
With "Shaniqua," the two artists come off
shallow, like just another white-boy rap group. But after hearing the rest
of the CD, one
discovers shallow is something they are
If you are judged by who you hang out with,
then Little T and One Track Mike should get some credibility, working with
classic all-stars like Slick Rick, who
appears with them on the song "Guidance Counselor."
That should give them some street cred,
but Slick Rick himself doesn't get the credit he deserves.
The song itself is pretty fast-paced and
fun to listen to, with a good beat and clever lyrics from both sides.
Little T has a lyrical style very similar
to Eminem's, with the same type of wit and clever lyrics -- except for
one thing: Where Eminem
insults, Little T talks about hopes and
The album deals with issues like racism,
pleasant memories, past loves lost and new loves found.
It is a happier scene than what is generally
represented in most hip-hop, but that's also because this album was made
by a couple of
white guys who never really had to grow
up in the streets.
As a whole, this album is really clever,
lyrically and beat-wise -- a surprise to even the harshest critic.
There are a lot of good tracks on the CD
-- more good than bad, really -- and even the worst songs are tolerable.
Behind the album there is a new-punk mentality
rather than a "bling-bling" philosophy.
Many of the songs have good karma behind
them and are surprisingly sensitive for a hip-hop group.
This is a cool album to check out if you
are tired of listening to the same old thing you hear on the radio all