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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tabi Bonney "The Endless Summer" Review by The Pink Panther

Indie artist Tabi Bonney has delivered again with his new release “The Endless Summer” the follow up to “The Summer Years”. Tabi’s futuristic style is undeniably one of the things that set him apart from other artist. The thing is he’s underrated and overrated at the same damn time (If that makes any sense). He hasn’t been signed to a deal or maybe he prefers it that way. In all the record is not perfect, but it isn’t the worst, it’s a nice summer mixtape with a variety of beats to bob your head to. Let’s take a summer road trip while we pump this mixtape..drop your top..Let’s GO !!

 “On Jupiter feat. Itadi Bonney” the #1 track on the mixtape and rightfully so, it’s reggae
inspired beat takes me straight to an island, bikini, and frozen fruit drink in hand. Love it !!

Track #2 titled “Parachute” Tabi raps over a funky beat about a young lady that interests him. I love his line “Knock..knock..knock this girl is vicious”, Perfect song to describe Summer Love !

 Groupie Gridlock is reminiscent of Tabi’s “Put Em In The Pocket”, makes me want to quickly break out in a Turbo (from the 80’s movie Breakin’) inspired Break Dance. Go ahead and pull out the cardboard in the street for a neighborhood breakdance battle as you crank this

“Castle On A Cloud feat. Terri Walker”. Walker delivers a tranquilizing hook as Tabi raps about pursuing dreams hence the title “Castle On A Cloud”. My favorite line has to be “Someone told me don’t look back until you know you made it”.

The hook on track 5 “Feeling More feat Nicole Wray” is giving a Jackson 5 feel, Nicole’s voice is smooth as Tabi spits hot lyrics like “LA nights, NY lights, Things we like are overpriced” Couldn’t have said that better !!

“Senior Year” is a short cut with a retro beat. Now this is where Tabi lost me with his lyrics. The lyrics are all over the place no real correlation between anything.  You can bob your head but the lyrics make no sense.

Listening to “Cipher From The Cliff’ it is evident Producer Ski Beatz can make you like a song. Love the beat, the lyrics once again not so much.

“Winner’s Parade” featuring Nicole Wray is my second favorite song on the mixtape. Nicole sings the hook “you win them, you lose them, they hate you, they love you, you can’t win them all”. The beat is sick, I can definitely see people dancing to this in the club.

The Saturday Alridge Interlude has to be one of the most enjoyable things to listen to on the mixtape. Hilarious is the word to use to describe it. “if you got a song in your heart you better quiet that shit down”. I know I listened to this twenty times whiles crying laughing.

On “Hang Glide” Tabi raps average lyrics over a nice galactic beat. Tabi has really nice cuts but his lyrics are way too basic for a listener to take his skill seriously. Another song with a dope beat and mediocre lyrics.

On “Not Like Me” Tabi’s execution is like listening to my 12 year old and his friends decide they want to take a shot at feestyling. I can’t relate to a song that seems to be delivered by somebody possibly high off mushrooms. Tabi what are you saying?
The beat for “The Couch Cypher” and “Not Like Me” sounds the same. Tabi is joined by Dee-1 and Murs who’s delivery was more enjoyable than Tabi’s . By this song he has started to sound  the exact same on each track.

Tabi attempts to deliver a track that is a little bit more gutter with his lyrics than his previous tracks, even using curse words, still not impressed  with his word play. Dope beat , and that’s all that’s dope about “”New Job”.

“Big Dreams” is a song that seems to be promoting somebody acquiring their big dreams. It’s a great start for motivation. He gets an “A” for effort for the encouragement and “D” for delivery.

“Fly By” feat. Curren$y has a real fly beat. The greatest thing about this song is the feature by Curren$y. Tabi disappoints yet again with his elementary lyrics.

Overall the mixtape has tracks with great production. Tabi’s lyrics seems as though he isn’t trying real hard and I think maybe he should change his approach a little. He seems to have the ability to put out great rap songs, but is cool with appealing with to just his underground followers. He’s not getting any younger and I’m not convinced that he could put a out a blowout record like his DMV rap brother Wale. Nice mixtape to listen to for the beats.

ABOUT THE PINK PANTHER: The Pink Panther hails from Washington D.C. She is a FAN of music especially DMV music. She is NOT an rapper or ex-rapper, model, publicist or manager. She is simply a fan and BUYER of music. She will be doing reviews on www.forthedmvonly.com from time to time.

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