Friday, June 17, 2011

Chiddy Bang – Peanut Butter and Swelly Mixtape (2011) – Review

Chiddy Bang – Peanut Butter and Swelly
Chiddy Bang, made up of MC Chiddy and producer Xaphoon Jones, burst onto the scene in 2009 with their hit Opposite Of Adults, off The Swelly Express mixtape. Since then, they have released a fantastic mini-mixtape Air Swell (which everyone needs to have a copy of) and two EPs (Opposite of Adults and The Preview). Peanut Butter and Swelly is good, but probably the weakest of their releases (as all the really good stuff is probably being saved for their debut album Breakfast due sometime in 2011). The album does feature the typical hip hop/electronic/club pop sound from Jones, with great lyrics and rhyming pattern from Chiddy, but some of the tracks just do not have the same repeat appeal of almost all the group’s previous output (or maybe I just do not like their newer sound as much, but really I think it is more that some of this is B-side stuff). And that is just it, the sound on the album is mostly the same, but sort of different too, as the sonic sensibility of the group evolves. The mixtape also has a few good features on it including Mac Miller, Train and The Knocks. While not quite as good as their other two mixtapes, Peanut Butter and Swelly is enough to hold fans over until Breakfast finally comes around. 3/5

Editor’s Song Picks:
1)      I Can’t Stop (Freestyle) – Produced by Flux Pavilion
2)      Heatwave – Featuring Mac Miller, Casey Veggies & Trae The Truth, produced by Xaphoon Jones
3)      All Over – Featuring Gordon Voidwell, produced by Xaphoon Jones

Available on digital download

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