What’s up citizens this ya guy Rob Markman with The Rob Report, where we break down music for the game’s hottest artists. Last week we checked out Young Thug’s Barter 6 and this week we’re going to Spanish Harlem, New York to rock with Bodega Bamz on Sidewalk Exec.
It’s been two years since the Tan Boys leader splashed on the scene with his debut tape, Strictly 4 My Papiz and now he’s back with producer V’Don with his indie debut album. Sidewalk Exec is a dark and dreary look into Bamz’ uptown hustle. On “Down These Mean Streets” reintroduces himself and his street affiliates and on “Raw Deal” tells a story of a drug transaction gone wrong. Then there’s the sinister “Billy Batz”
Bamz does a great job creating his own vibe and sound, but over the course of 12-tracks everything stays in one place. He could’ve worked for a bit of musical diversity. “Bring Em Out” with the Flatbush Zombies is a standout however and his flow on “Killa” is different enough to keep things interesting.
Sidewalk Exec… is a fitting chapter in Bamz’s story, but he doesn’t exactly fulfill his potential. Still, he does succeed by bringing you into his world. Most times Latinos in hip-hop are regulated to a foot note and the papi character winds up being a faceless connect in someone’s story rap, Bamz changes that perception by bringing his stories to life. He takes over blocks on “Cocaine Dreaming” and then trades bars with Joell Ortiz on “Gods Honest,” then really waves his tan flag and claims king on “El-Rey”
Overall I’m going to give Sidewalk Exec a 7 out of 10. While it’s a solid effort, you get the feeling this is just the beginning. Well there goes my two cents. What do you think? Hit me on Twitter @ROBMARKMAN, I talk back.