Strap aka Strap Da Fool, one third of longstanding Atlanta group Travis Porter, strikes out on his own for All In 2, the sequel to last year’s All In. In the past couple years, Travis Porter have gotten grittier, gravitating away from the giddy hits that once dominated Atlanta strip club swag rap, and Strap’s solo work follows suit. There’s a mind-boggling 29 tracks here; skip ahead to the last third for gorgeous stuff like “Geekin” and “Stiff,” and the surprise smooth jazz number “W.H.Y.” Among those bright spots there are plenty of misses, rapped over one-note Zaytoven-lite beats. I miss the sound of all three of Travie’s members’ voices singing in unison, and think Strap could do with taking a note from the book of fellow Travis Porter member Travie member Quez, who released a better pared-down tape recently.
Highlights: “Nasty Dancer” has FKi throwing a million seemingly discordant things at the wall: a 90′s diva-house vocal hook, Backstreet Boys-meets-Montell Jordan husky background harmonies, raunchy Ty Dolla $ign and Beyonce references, a plodding, ratchet-on-opiates beat. It’s definitely the tape’s weirdest track but, against all odds, it works.
WTF: I pray Strap fleshes out a specific line from “Ride For Me” into its own song: She turned up the feng shui could be the next “Turn My Swag On.” (The song also, why not, appears on the tape twice.)