Alabama rapper Yelawolf's major-label debut, "Trunk Muzik 0-60," is a monster. Keyshia Cole, Jamie Foxx and newcomer Keri Hilson release new discs this week, too.
‘Trunk Muzik 0-60,’ Yelawolf (Interscope)
Chatter about Alabama rapper Yelawolf mostly revolves around his countrified swagger and apparent whiteness. But neither is new in hip-hop, and he’s part Native American. So what about the music? His major-label debut, “Trunk Muzik 0-60,” is a monster, and combines the blastoff power of strip-club rap with a snaking, almost sinister pop sensibility.
At the center is Yelawolf, a multifaceted personality and true rap artisan. He fits nasal-twang syllables into rhythmic nooks and crannies, and rises above the beats for the occasional sung hook. The result is a seamless collection of blues rap, crime narratives and jock jams.
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Other new releases
Keyshia Cole, “Calling All Hearts” (Geffen)
Keri Hilson, “No Boys Allowed” (Interscope)
Jamie Foxx, “Best Night of My Life” (J-Records)