Rapper Big Pooh is back as a solo artist after six long years. Since his solo debut, Little Brother broke up, 9th became a producer of reckon and Phonte is doing big things as both a solo artist and the voice of The Foreign Exchange. All this would lead one to think that Pooh would come out the gate like someone with something to prove. Not the case people, not the case at all. Instead Dirty Pretty Things finds Pooh hungry, confident and ready to continue building his brand on his own terms.
In my opinion, the charm of this album is Pooh’s ability to connect with every kind of listener: the underground head, the street cats and those looking for a good time. In a nutshell, this album is raw, gritty and grown. I actually got into this album on first spin, a true testament to his skills and ability to connect. Both beat selection and lyrics are strong, good album in my books.
Bringing together a supporting cast that includes the Darien Brockington, Joe Scudda, Torae and DJ Khalil. Consistent as ever, Pooh a premier MC stands out, spitting with passion, sincerely telling stories many can relate to – whether it’s relationships via the mellowed out “Right With You” and “5.13.11” or thoughts on the hustle, “Money Getter”. “Free” is another personal favorite, with its positive vibe and soulful approach to growing and hoping for a better tomorrow. While the above stand out to me, check the first single “Medicine Man”, “Legendary Lullaby” and “They Say”. As written above there’s something here for everyone, never a dull moment. I never heard the first solo joint, but this definitely has me going back to check for it. Good stuff, Pooh has a definite winner with this one.