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Ray Cash
Clangin and Swangin

raycash.jpgEven though his Scarface-assisted single “Bumpin’ My Music” terrorized more than a few boomin’ systems this year, Ray Cash’s debut, Cash on Delivery, failed to make any real commercial impact. Looking to recover from what’s adding up to be a freshman flop, the Cleveland native teams up with local producers the Kickdrums and DJ Joey Fingaz for his first street album, Clangin and Swangin.

With his patented soulful, bottom-heavy Cleveland sound in tow, Ray’s mix picks up right where C.O.D. left off. On “Hello Land,” Cash borrows the horns from Jeezy’s “Go Crazy” to triumphantly state, “As long as I’m breathing, long as my arms is reaching/I’ma take Cleveland all the way/There, yeah, we in here/We ain’t going nowhere, middle fingers to the air.” Then the Kickdrums infuse Wu-Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M.” with some Midwest swang on “Cash Rules,” a ubiquitous ode to the power of a dollar. The heat wave doesn’t end there. “In the Hood” finds Ray pledging allegiance to the trap, and on “Spanglish,” he convincingly kicks poems about the G-Code over a midtempo bump.

Cash’s stride falters only when Clangin and Swangin gets formulaic. “Hustle Up,” with its chopped-and-screwed hook and trendy finger-snappin’ rhythm, is hardly captivating. The same can be said of “It’s Ray,” which finds the Ohioan back in the trap, but his long drawn-out drawl doesn’t really mesh with the Susan Vega–sampled track. Fortunately, he redeems himself on the standout cut “Touch the Sky,” a head nod–inducing narrative that highlights Ray’s nimble lyrical sport.

Save for a few soft spots, Clangin and Swangin is a profound statement to the streets. With help from the Kickdrums, who custom fit Ray with all the soul he needs, the slept-on lyricist is sure to have fans bumpin’ his music, with or without a major label push.—PAUL CANTOR
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87cover.jpgRead the rest of XXL’s Critical Beatdown review section in the
December 2006 issue (#87)

  • I’mJus Nyce

    This is pretty good I advise ya’ll to go get it!!!!

  • dbz

    2nd

  • damn

    so this shit get an XL and my nucca AZ get an L?

    i think this reviewer should take a fucken L.
    NY niggas.

  • http://lkdjkldjfklj.com jmurk

    do do do do da da da da this cd is the rawest period

  • http://xxxlmag.com UKNOWUTITIZ!

    this nigga ray cizzy is one of the must underrated emcees in da game…his lyrics is hot and his flow is sicc as a cancer patient… this shit is raw… better than most of the gawbage that cats is puttin out

  • pmahaillk

    I fucks with Ray he one of the best niggas to come out of the Midwest with that gangsta shit!!

  • Stax On Deck

    I like dis nigga Ray Cash (no Damon from Friday After Next). I will pick it up

  • TWON

    Ray fuck them people who don’t know real hip hop man you the truth keep doing yo thing

  • http://xxlmag.com Deeboy01

    Ray fuck what people say i liked your last LP my favorite track was “pimp in own mind!”

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Kareem

    fuck yall go pick up a true rapper like Z-RO ALBUM its ot now so go help my boi and cop his new album I Still Livin

  • http://xxLMAG.COM EZBAKETHAGANGSTA

    Didn’t C.O.D. Come out like 2 months ago?

  • pmahallik

    I got the first album its crack i’m looking forward 2 this one too.

  • Vision

    If Scarface fuck wit em,that’s it.He is a Friend of our’s!

  • Dee

    How much does everyone out there think each of these albums will sell first week?

    B/C its goign to be a huge couple of months for rap)

    Jay-Z
    Game
    Lil Scrappy
    Nas
    Young Jeezy
    Clipse
    Lil Wayne the Carter III (Dont know when its comin out)

    –does anyone know?

  • RIO

    RAY CASH IS SICK WIT IT AND ME MYSELF BEIN FROM CLEVELAND IAM HOLD EM DOWN AND YOU’LL LOOK OUT FOR WHEN MY CD DROP’PATIENTLY WAITIN’PLUS DA MIXTAPE OUT NOW GRINDIN 365 VOL.1….ALL MY CLEVELAND NIGGAZ STAND UP.ITS OUR TIME 2 SHINE AGAIN SINCE BONE LEFT AND DIDN’T LOOK BAck.bigup 2 fat al,chip,royalty,jsquad,underworld,and acourse my click and label BIG FAM ENT.WE DOIN IT BABY

  • PITPAT

    ya’ll 15 niggaz up in this page are his only fans this nigga is garbage

  • kista ak

    U RETARDED RAY COLD U FOOL OPEN YO EARS

  • kista ak

    U RETARDED RAY COLD U FOOL OPEN YO EARS DAT BOY GOT SKILLS

  • Geoff

    When we gonna hear that new joint with Cali Miles? That shit was hot!

  • TUNED2IT

    This dude is a breath of fresh chronic smoke. Long live real hip hop.
    Ray is def TUNED2IT

  • dj q

    this nigga suck fuck him

  • dj q

    fuck clevland

  • sikko

    first of all it’s called Clangin and Swangin ummm i don’t know y anyone takes
    xxl reviews seriously

  • Fat T

    Big up to my nigga Ray Cash. The best underrated rapper in the game now! C.O.D. represents real niggas everywhere. Good lookin for givin the whole MID-WEST hip-hop movement a “jump” back into that Old school gangsta shit. Cash on Delivery mothafuckas! 316 Dub-K Mid-West all day!