Coolio’s Pornhub ad is tacky, but not humorously so, sadly. The boring trap hi-hat beat’s failure doesn’t matter, but the hook’s brand name reversal (“take it to the hub-porn”) is just plain awkward. Most importantly, the NSFW video barely out-risqués MTV rap and the name-drops are heavily dated; [LISTEN].
The El Pintor bonus track is sweet – i.e. cute – Banks’ partner keeps him from “sinking to the depths,” and an extended guitar solo helps keep the song from doing the same. Like most of the album though, it’s not going to make new fans, but will still please the old ones.
Suckers for odd-time unite. And not just because it’s “twice as hard” to play. It takes this laid-back, Bernard Purdie shuffle beat come to life, as well as the rest of the track. It doesn’t quite keep the magic for the entire five minutes, though.
If it weren’t for the slight verse/chorus/bridge incongruity, this would be a perfect single – as it is, it’s still an instantly more appealing “Ancient Ways.” The climax satisfies, the hook’s a simple yet interesting metaphor, resulting in a solid example of ‘new-wave-for-those-less-into-self-pity.’
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