Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Epiphany [Konvict/Nappy Boy/Jive, 2007] **
  • Thr33 Ringz [Jive, 2008] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Epiphany [Konvict/Nappy Boy/Jive, 2007]
Except for the aspiring knuckleheads' guide to getting her high enough to freak, an OK guy for a sex-seeking simpleton ("Bartender," "Yo Stomach"). **

Thr33 Ringz [Jive, 2008]
The erstwhile laughingstock finds himself in exceptionally good humor--wonder why. Detailing his fidelity on one track, elongating a lap dance on another, he's a decent guy in conceptual command of an aesthetic he invented. "Chopped N Skrewed," "Digital," "Karaoke"--he knows the score. He knows that when he puts away the Auto-Tune to emote a love song to his family, every breath, cough and finger-slip is a sound effect. B+