If cocaine rap is now an official subgenre, then DJ Khaled's new album Listennn might feature the most comprehensive collection of its leaders: Young Jeezy, TI, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, Freeway, and Clipse among others. But since this compilation seems to be all about MIA and M-I-Yayo, why is the production so disproportionately dark and ominous? Where are the pastels? Where are the white blazers? Where's the butt floss? Only lead single "Holla At Me" gets its hovercraft on and Kanye's "Grammy Family" seems to be doing it for the flamingos. But for an album lacking remarkable moments, one of the most remarkable things about it is that it features the first album cover for an official release done by FADER favorite Miami Kaos. L'chaim!
June 07, 2006