Joe Dub - Pooretry
LA2theBay..., November 28, 2007
Let's one thing straight. Though he makes his home in Hawaii, Joe Dub is from Frisco. That said, his latest is nothing short of a Bay classic in the eyes of fans who have followed his musical endeavors over the span of the last decade. Roping in a stellar cast of producers, old favorites and some newer friends, Joe has truly come into his own and delivered his most personal album to date. Soaked in knockin' drums, chopped soul samples, and bass heavy slump, each song cohesively melds into the next, playing out like a time stamp during the last 5 years of his life. From the entrancing melody of 'Fine Wine' to the down and out blues of 'Dirty Money' to the heartfelt city tribute 'By the Time I Get Home,' one thing that resonates with each revisited listen is an appreciation for the calculated simplicity maintained throughout the record.... There's no smoke and mirrors, no abstract concepts, cheap punchlines or hyphy anthems on this one; just straight up rap shit. If 'Summer Fling' was your coming of age anthem, this album should serve as your definitive golden age state of mind.