Monday, December 11, 2006

YoRaps.com reviews 'Playing With Fire'

4/5 stars

If Kevin Federline wasn’t a background dancer, married to Britney Spears, or the same rapper who gave us “Popazao” (his first single that refers to a Brazilian dance), we’d probably be more receptive to his record.

Luckily, his debut “Playing with Fire” allows him to redeem himself and gain some ‘cool points.’ It plays as an autobiographical account of the past 5 years. Most of the album seeks to prove he’s actually talented with a few songs dedicated to his relationships like “Caught Up,” which presumably addresses his past relationship with Shar Jackson (Moesha co-star and first baby mama).

And, that’s one of the weakest points on the album. The song concept is great. Fed‘s opening verses deliver, but during the 3rd verse, he seems to have a problem catching up to his flow. He’s rapping too fast on the cut. Whatever the reason, it throws the joint off completely. But, the weakest point of the album surprisingly is “Crazy” featuring Britney Spears. The track comes off as a pop artists’ attempt to do hip-hop. Talk about irony… (For those who are fans of hers, she did a track with the Ying Yang Twins for her “In the Zone” LP). What makes this song a disaster is Brit. Federline holds his own throughout the album as an artist without the help of his soon to be former wife. Adding her to the hook reads like a ploy for pop success. Wrong move. Not only is it titled after one of her hit songs, but it sounds like a horrible attempt at remaking the Neptunes produced Britney smash, “Slave for you.” Press skip.

“A League of My Own” shows his clever wordplay: “When MC cocks the hammer, you can’t touch me… I’m f#ck#ng Lady Luck, you’re unlucky.” C’mon…give the guy some credit. His flow and swagger are so strong that you almost forget he’s a white boy from Fresno who danced back-up for Justin Timberlake and his EX.

Other highlights include the title track “Playing with Fire” (Since the first day I came out of the womb/I was money motivated/so money I must consume), “Kept on Talking,” produced by Notes samples “Friendly Persuasion” by Ashford and Simpson. The synthesizers help drive the song.

Other producers include Bosco (Privilege, Crazy), Fingers and Twirp (Playing with Fire), Versatyle (A League of My Own), Young Classic (Snap), and rising star Jonathan Rotem (America’s Most Hated, Lose Control, Dance with a Pimp).

In the end, K Fed’s debut doesn’t suck as most expected it would. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty darn good. Granted, no one really believes K Fed walks around with a ‘black gat in his backpack’ (as stated in “The World is mine”). Nor, do you believe he really curses like a sailor in regular conversation (as suggested in the interlude prior to the track “Playing with Fire”). But, rappers lie, right? Isn’t hip-hop an exaggeration of hood stories, personas and lifestyles? Indeed, it is.

- By Kennita Hickman

Source: yoraps.com

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I could care less about his music, but I'd do him every which way possible.

Anonymous said...

His music really isn't that bad, if you can get pass who's singing it.

Anonymous said...

I would like to play his skinflute.

Anonymous said...

Its nice to see positive comments about Kevin! Its just sad that people judge the music based on who made it!! I think he has talent and with some more work and practice and experience, he will only get better with time!! Dont ever let the haters stand in the way of your dreams!

Anonymous said...

what a joke. we all saw him on the teen choice awards. federfuck couldn't rap to save his life. how is that album doing by the way?

Anonymous said...

real music comes from a combination of talent, heart, desire and hard work...to bad fed-ex shows none of this on his crap cd...people can tell an artist's genuinely communicating to the listener and manufactured crap(ie. playng with fire)...a dismal 7k copies sold by the way...fed-ex slummed his way in by sperminating brit...a rich sugar momma with an amex black card goes a long way...


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Anonymous said...

Kevin has many fans in the gay community as well. Before you pooh-pooh that support, remember that we launched Bette Midler's career!

Anonymous said...

rap / hiphop is the most homophobic music out there(until eminem & 50 cents come out of the closet, keep the fire going...i still dig judas priest)

Anonymous said...

I don't think the attraction has anything to do with Kevin's music. I've noticed that most of his fans (this site included) dig his looks, and never really discuss his album.