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Big Mike - Still Serious Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 1997
Rap-a-Lot/Noo Trybe
| Performance 6.5 | Sound 7 |

ImageJust in case the buying public was wondering whatever happened to Big Mike after the success of his first album, 'Somethin' Serious,' the largest of the Geto Boys steps back to the mic to answer that question with his sophomore release ' Still Serious.' One of the interesting things about rap these days is that it's gone regional. East coast rappers, for the most part, sound like east coast rappers and west coast rappers sound like west coast rappers. And while these two factions battle it out on wax and in the press, it seems as if everybody else has selectively forgotten that there are more than two states in the hip-hop union. However, what seems to be even more ironic is that the rappers in the fly-over states such as Big Mike just don't seem to care. From this release it's obvious that they'd rather do their own thing, and for that, the rest of us should be thankful.

Much more fluid and comprehensive than his first album, 'Still Serious' starts southern and stays that way. Coming from Houston and moving through Louisiana 'Still Serious' even recruits New Orleans' Mystikal on a track for just a touch more of that creole flavor. This release vibes some kind of swamped-out, voodoo-funk that not only earmarks its distinction between New York and L.A., but revels in it. For Big Mike's fans this album was worth the wait and represents not only one artists' growth, but also a reminder that there are many other continents in the world of rap.

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