Monday, September 24, 2001  Volume 67, Issue 23


'Shaniqua' doesn't ruin Little T debut

Little T and One Track Mike
Fome is Dape
**** (out of five stars)
Atlantic Records

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 in that

Chris Militcher/Atlantic Records

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 single, "Shaniqua."

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 first single,
"Shaniqua," from their debut album Fome is Dape.

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 artist's talent.

People who have seen the "Shaniqua" video will obviously not give Little T and One Track Mike any respect. And people shouldn't,
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 about
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 not.

If you are judged by who you hang out with, then Little T and One Track Mike should get some credibility, working with hip-hop
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 dreams.

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 the time.

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