Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Swizz Beatz - One Man Band Man

Album Review
June 2007
3.5 stars

Cover Art: Swizz Beatz,  'One Man Band Man'

And you thought DMX was the unstable one.

"My album's crazy," boasts Kasseem Dean, a.k.a. Swizz Beatz, throughout his second solo record. While other rap/R&B producers turned performers have been disappointingly uneven lately -- Timbaland, WTF? -- One Man Band Man makes schizophrenia a virtue. Gaudy beats start and stutter on party joints like the delirious single "It's Me Bitches." Swizz turns socially conscious on the piano pep talk "Part of the Plan," assisted by Coldplay's Chris Martin. But by the chest-thumping "Bust Ya Gunz," the Beyoncé hit-maker is back to his Ruff Ryders roots. Crazy? Possibly.

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Press Mentions

"Goes over the top and stays there to very nice effect."
-- David Carr, The New York Times

"I wasn't fully convinced. But I was interested."
-- Rob Walker, The New York Times

"...as Marc Hogan wrote in Spin..."
-- Maureen Dowd, The New York Times