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Big Lou & Flyboy Stewie
The Workaholics
Money N Muscle Ent. / Scripp Block Muzik (2014)
good good good good good

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07. Asshole f. Mr. Kee
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11. Will Smith (skit)
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13. Lien Threw Ya Teeth f. Livin Proof
14. Doin The Most
15. Like Me f. Itzda Ghost
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18. We On That Mob Shit f. Goph & Lil Octane
19. Levels f. 9Milli

Big Lou is a Hayward representative who is constantly networking with other artists. He started off solo with "Mobb Affiliated" back in 2009, but a year later came out with a comp "Scripp Block Turf-Tape" uniting people from his home turf. That same year brought two collaboration projects: "No Recess Pt. 2" with Rob Baysicc and Stewie Chope'ez as well as "Life's A Gamble" with Lil-O and Big Riggz. In 2011 he released a free-for-download digital only with TC Kapone titled "Side Hustle", while in 2012 "Stack Or Starve" recorded along with Lil-O. And so we reach 2014 and the hereby album - "The Workaholics" an outcome of networking with Stewie Chope'ez who now goes by the name of Flyboy Stewie. What's interesting, we've had a chance to review almost all of the just mentioned projects (read here). As for the other artist, he represents South San Francisco and also has numerous cds under his belt. Still as Stewie Chope'ez he dropped two parts of the "No Recess" series, and later - as Flyboy Stewie - such solo projects in 2013 as "Back To The Muzik", "Promo Muzik" as well as "Hood Romance". Well, so now you know the hitherto endeavors by both rappers, let's see what they did on their joint one.

If you've had a chance to hear Big Lou's previous endeavors then you already know that he's mostly consistent with his recordings. Meaning that if you enjoyed the previous ones, you will likely feel "The Workaholics" as well. On the flip side, if you're not familiar with the artist yet, then this album is a good, representative pick. What I like about Lou is that his voice stands out from the crowd and that he puts heart into his verses. Unlike other people who tend to talk over a beat, this Hayward cat puts emphasis on certain phrases, makes pauses here and there, so overall you're never bored when he's on the mic. Plus he always flows smoothly with the rhythm. The only caveat is that he sometimes could come up with better rhymes. Don't get me wrong, lyrics are not played-out, but they do lack nicer verbal combinations, as bars usually end with monosyllabic words. What's interesting, I could say the same things about Flyboy Stewie, although his style is way more vicious, voice filled with anger, he seems to be bursting out his verses. I have not heard his recent solo endeavors, so I can't really compare his appearances, yet he certainly made a good impression on me.

If you are into modern street/mob shit with a bit of not dumb entertainment, then "The Workaholics" seems like a good choice for you. Production ranges from head-bobbing, slightly faster and lighter ("Hot 16'z", "Like Me") to mild tempos with darker, typical West Coast sounds in the background ("Californication", "Lien Threw Ya Teeth", "We On That Mob Shit") or even laidback ("The Money Don't Stop"). Overall music is of high quality and mob tunes are nicely balanced with more entertaining melodies. Only "Bang" and "Turn Up" could be more detailed, they both feature a simple dominating sound that starts irritating after a while. I can't tell you who did the beats though, as nobody was mentioned in the credits. As far as lyrics go you will most certainly hear the main theme of being a workaholic, namely putting in hard work, staying constantly on the grind, not letting an opportunity pass you by. Other than that there are songs about California, fake rappers, spitting hot material, money, clubbing, ass grabbing, fast driving and being an asshole - that last one is hilarious, you need to listen to that. If you ignore the skits you will get 15 tracks, out of which a vast majority is a very solid street material with a sprinkle of modern entertainment. What is more, both Big Lou and Flyboy Stewie proved that they are factors in the rap game that one should be aware of. The embedded video to "Hot 16'z" does not necessarily represent the album well, because it has that slight southern feel to it, "Doin The Most" is more in line with remaining jams (please note that unfortunately none of the videos feature Flyboy's verses).

Check those links out:
buy it on iTunes
Big Lou on Facebook
Flyboy Stewie on iTunes
Flyboy's ReverbNation

Lou, thanks for hooking us up with a review copy.

Written by: khamenei
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