From the Front Page: Strong language and adult situations on Goodz' "The Hangover"

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    Bronx spitta with a Harlem swag, boxcutter in a Gucci bag, you know - Goodz. "Half-a-Gallon Goodz" isn't just one of those impressive old school nicknames you get from near-mythic of propensity toward vice and ridiculousness, it's a consistent reminder of the "grown man" affectations Jay made pop 10 years ago and Goodz makes his calling card. It's not half-a-gallon of Nuvo or some fruit-flavored budget vodka - it's half-a-gallon of Hennessy, a drink that's as known as much for who drinks it as who doesn't. Finely aged brown liquors aren't for kids or early twenty-somethings just trying to get a cheap buzz on to get their club night Lothario on. Fitting for battle rap's own Morris Day, a veteran of the Lionz Den era whose past mix of haughty stunting and lyrical greasiness earned him his other nom de plume, "Goodz Da Animal".

    Throughout The Hangover, you get the same mix of smooth and grimy that made his name in battling circuits. You might get a track for the ladies or two, but it's balanced by tracks detailing his struggle and hustle that feel less like paint-by-numbers genre tropes and more something authentic and live-in. Though he frequently portrays himself as the young up-and-comer - even specifically referencing Rick Ross' career-making cosigning of Meek Mill as an ideal scenario for himself - there's an almost anachronistic "I'll do what I like" feel to the tracks on the tape. Goodz doesn't just refer to himself as a grown man, he comes across as one, too. His style on The Hangover could be construed as slightly behind current trends, but there's an endearing faithfulness to his age group's conception of modern New York rap that makes you appreciate the lack of Lex Luger knockoffs, Drake impressions, of five-years-too-late H-town retreads in his music.

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    Beat-wise, most of the tape operates in a post-Southern rap takeover New York mentality; bass lines coolly creep like some of Max B's best, Just Blaze and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League influences rear their heads, and any semblance of organic purist boom-bap is completely absent. This is very much a late-00s-style NY rap release that wouldn't appeal much outside of fans of the style, which is a shame because, as an emcee, Goodz sounds extra comfortable on the mic - consistently self-assured but never too cool to go hard. Lots of rappers might occupy the same wheelhouse, but Goodz has a maturity and skill on record are what definitely place him head and shoulders above his peers.

    The Hangover is now available for free download via DatPiff. Check out the stream below and be sure to support underground hip-hop.

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