On the Download: OOH Has Good Times With Classic Beats
As the Brown F.I.S.H. frontman promised when I interviewed him for City Paper in April, OOH dropped his first solo mixtape at the end of May, on the occasion of his 35th birthday. The King of Pops: The James Evans Mixtape even opens with a callback to that article, with the MC repeating the comparison of his R-rated solo material to the comedy albums of Sanford and Son’s Redd Foxx. But the title of the mixtape itself is a nod to another ’70s sitcom dad, John Amos’ character from Good Times, in honor of the rapper’s own recent experiences becoming a father.
While he’s saving most of his original songs for this summer’s The Big 7 EP, OOH spends most of The King of Pops tackling beats from the late ’80s and early ’90s era that inspired him to rap, from “Brand New Funk” to “T.R.O.Y.” On “Bmore Scenario,” OOH lets younger hometown MCs like Al Great and Comp get in on the fun, while he reserves some of his slickest rhymes for “I Had It Made,” which of course utilizes the instrumental from Special Ed’s “I Got It Made”: “If I find out you a rat, fool/ I’m'a autograph Cal Ripken baseball bat you/ then really go nuts, almonds, pecans, cashews.”