Fresh from a collaborative EP with Aesop Rock (who also guests here), MC Homeboy Sandman drops another solo joint on us, his first since 2014. Kindness For Weakness put his lyrical flow up front and centre, where he examines his own psyche with wit and insight. The beat tracks are plenty funky too. Out on Stones Throw.
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- Kindness for Weakness by Homeboy Sandman
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 June 2016I’ve been poised to review this Homeboy Sandman record for weeks and it blimmin’ well comes in the week I’m attempting to fill in for our absent leader. Just like when I threw my phone down the toilet on the exact day I didn’t want to do that. I don’t know too much about Homeboy Sandman but I understand he has made four LPs. If this isn’t the best of the lot then I’ll eat my own ears. This is lovely, thrilling hip hop with hooks that kill at a thousand paces. Each track has some kind of ear worm that you find rolling around your head for dangerous amounts of time. His flow is laid back and understated leading tracks like ‘Eyes’ to come across like a backpack update of G funk. The samples are always soulful and dreamy with an endearing mid fi production that could be too gritty to be blasted out of phones but these tracks have hooks galore especially ‘Talking (Bleep)’ that does indeed have a bleeping sound as a chorus. Here, Sandman relates a tale of him thuggin' it down the path on his bike going the wrong way (call da police). It’s a funky, slick and occasional cheesy record but it’s enjoyable from start to finish. As with much hip-hop there’s the odd skippable skit and he freaks me out with on ‘God’ where he claims God is…you know pretty good but 'Unbelievers is such brilliant almost krauty pop fun that I forgive him his God bothering ways.
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