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Devin The Dude
Waitin’ To Inhale

devin.jpgPart comedian, part pimp, Devin the Dude first made his mark in 1994 as a member of the Houston-based trio the Odd Squad. The Southern representative’s solo star really began to rise in ’98, when he dropped his debut disc, The Dude, which caught the ear of Dr. Dre. After appearing on Doc’s 2001, Devin became a go-to guest MC and released two more heralded albums. Unfortunately, his latest, Waitin’ to Inhale, drags slightly behind his previous body of work.

His comedic chops sharp as ever, the rap Richard Pryor can still make everyday topics like economics (“Almighty Dollar”) and weight gain (“She Useta Be”) sound like an SNL sketch. But at times, the project reveals a less jovial Devin. The neo-bluesy “No Longer Needed Here” and the sappy Ohio Players–sampled ballad “Don’t Wanna Be Alone” both find our hero wallowing in self-pity. The sour lover gets sweet revenge, however, on the smooth jazz number “Just Because.” Jacking LL’s flow from “I Need Love,” Devin calmly spits, “If for only one night I could take you by ya hand/And cut that hoe off for stealing the heart of a man.”

The Dude continues his rebound on the Odd Squad reunion “She Want That Money.” Backed by producer Domo’s syrupy funk and bass guitars, the trio gives the boot to chicks trading ass for cash. Desperate housewives get it, too, on the slow-bouncing “Somebody Else’s Wife.” Devin’s high point, however, is on the somber self-produced “Lil’ Girl Gone,” where he holds his own alongside Bun B and Lil Wayne.

While the trademarked adult humor and hazy-eyed storytelling are still intact, lazy production and arrangement make for a few bumpy spots. Take the faux Western “Nothin’ to Roll With” and the hollow “Til It’s All Gone.” Then there’s “Broccoli & Cheese,” which suffers from an awkward hook (“Girl, this dick is so clean that you can serve it with some lima beans”). Although it’s not his most potent batch, Waitin’ to Inhale is worth a few long pulls. —MAURICE G. GARLAND

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  • texasjay

    album is xl

    • MY NAME IS WAYLON PIERRE

      i dunno,mang,i myself think XXLwebsite&anything aphilliated,with,
      sleeps ona lotta fuken albums,i personly,think,they only go,buy there standerds&not standerds of,tha 21st centry raps,alot of artists,are tryna give,rap&hiphop,a new sounds,but still,XXLMAGAZINE&anything aphilliated with,
      still get sshoved,under tha table,for whack ass, ratings,i really,think,sum of tha albums,that get rated,REALLY DESERVE tha XXL,or XL RATING,cause,when u fuks,with tha rating,u gots be real respectfull,listen 2 everfuken track&take a few minutes,2 acknoledge,everytrack,cause,i can tell,that the RATERS,are obviously,very picky&should only have a certain sound,i looked at most of the rating&saw,that only a few made, tha XL,OR XXL RATING,with is very sad,cause,if these rappers,aint makn,tha rating,nun,of them actually,good&please,all that shit about,lil wayne,c’mon,he sounds,like a grown up,child,with tha intellegince,of a fuken ,uneducated,3rdwolrd child,i do,not want2 find out,that,wayne is better,than anyone else,or do,not wana read,that whack shit,i have,my own opinion,of how rap,should sound,it should be a few select,track,that shit on,the next album,moral,lyrical,&understandable,
      who can relate,2 haven 5kee’s of coke,who can relate,2 haven a fuken huge,house,if yall ask me,hiphop isnt dead,it’s jus tha garbage being putt,out,frum artists,like wayne&many other,that really,have no bite,or,anything,that has 2 do with rap
      well,i obviously have sumthin2say to,cause,i myself,am jus fed up,with tha real garbage,thats being putt,out,it makes it hard,or challenging,for rappers like EM&company,cause of the kids want 2 hear,AY BAY BAY,or CRANK THAT,like c’mon,respect those gettin there paper,but those arent songs,they are jus childish melody’s,mixed,with over tha top marketing&budgeting,personally,i really wana hear sumthin,with more energy,more life experiance,sumthin real gutter,
      like rappers,like JODY BREEZE&SLIMTHUG,or EMINEMS STORYS
      like,those certain rappers,have a story,witch is being stomped,on by XXLMAGAZINE,&i for 1,dont respect,that,cause,im,whut they call an AVID FAN,i wana hear a certain,sound,i wana hear a certainbeat&a certain artist,none of witch is being put out,intha industry,
      cause of tomany labels, pushing,tha buttons,with there phony artists,
      &there fuken trash garbage,anyways,i got more2 say,but thurs jus not enuff time&,im too respectfull,2 say anymore,cause ima fan,not a hypocrit,i respect,all rappers,but not,tha garbage,sum of them puttin,outt,anyways peace out XXL MAGAZINE,cause,im talken 2 you

  • Chubb Rock

    What’s good XXL,

    I had to comment on the review you gave Waitin’ To Inhale. I’m a bit confused about the rating he recieve. I mean c’mon this lp deserves that XL, he put together a solid lp. It might not be a classic from begining to end but it’s not that far off. You didn’t even mention “What A Job” which is THE BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM. Devin’s emcee skills are sharper than ever and his story telling abilities are insane. He is truly the Slick Rick of the South, and deserves more love than he recieves. I understand it is just a opinion, but I had to speak on it.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com niggaracci

    Ok this rating is deserved. But my beef is you didn’t even mention the track “What A Job”. Best track on the album and its not even mentioned. What the Fuck?

  • Atl’s own

    L is u stoopid!?

    this ish deserve XXL by far the best album of the year thus far!

  • http://adsd.com Hip-Hop Lives (KRS-ONE is back)

    wack rating this album should get Xl or XXl

  • djml

    You gave Tur Life XL but not this. I’m disgusted. What about the best song on the album not mentioned in this review?

  • C. White

    Broccoli & Cheese is the SHIT!

  • TucTown D

    Somebody is drunk on dick at XXL. This shit is FI FI. XXL XL at the least.

  • http://xxlmag.com Big Chris

    XXL why yall hating on Devin? The nigga raw. It’s only a few real niggas doin it and he one and yall give him a L?? Damn. Pharoah Monarch gets a XL? Man fuck that uplift the race rap. Keep it G nigga. Dirty World 4 Life! The world dirty. the money dirty. the blunts dirty. The bitches dirty. Dirty World nigga.

  • Da One

    Easily XL, Your part of the reason that Devin remains underrated…What a job this is…fire

  • http://nawdog.com Julius W

    Your Fuckin Crazy. This is Dudes best work. Deserves an XL at least. Maurice garland, your a dick head.

  • http://xxlmag.com b1glew

    yall really really bullshittin wit my man devin album ratin. i mean, do u have 2 BUY ratings around this bitch?!?!!!! relisten and reconsider.

  • GI JOE

    ok..
    its always “the south killed hiphop”. now when this DEVIN drops, a solid album from a sout..no..A TEXAS artist, he get an L! The album has no rock your hips-pop lock drop it-lean and rock-bling bling-i sell cocaine subject matter at all. its by far the realest album to drop in 07. as much as the complaints about the south makin club songs-808 this & that, DEVIN aint talkin bout that fake shit niggas claim, he just talks about what most human beings do. When the last time you popped in a cd and just rode to it, in that zone. seat leaned back, just cruisin to some shit you can relate to?

    matter of fact, i “WAS” a fan on xxl magazine, but now FUCK XXL MAG AND EVERYBODY WHO WORKS FOR’EM…ALL OF YA’LL. I jam east, west, south, whatever is good. I guess since THE DUDE aint bustin’ shots and sellin coke in his rhymes its not good enuff.

    JUST TO LET YA KNOW SUMTHIN YOU HOE ASS NIGGAS, FUCK THE WHOLE EAST COAST! I SEE THE LIL DVD’S NIGGAS SNEAK DISSING, BUT WANNA JACK THE SOUTH STYLE AND COLLAB WITH US. PROBLEMS??? FIND ME IN HOUSTON, TX WESTHEIMER STREET ON THE SOUTHWEST SIDE. 460 GREYSTONE 832-550-9870, COME GET ME IF YA DONT LIKE THAT! IM HERE.

    MIMS..HAHAH AKA YUNG JOC OF THE EAST. YOUR SAVIOR.
    NIGGA LOOK LIKE BEETLEJUICE FROM SCARY MOVIE.

  • Cuban Link

    should defiantly be an XL, just for what a job and i hope i dont get sick-a-this

  • Maurice Garland

    Here’s a though folks.

    What if “What A Job” with Dre and Snoop was added at the very last minute and wasnt put on the version that was sent out for review?

    Or, what if the tracks on the review version weren’t mastered so that the total listening experience could be had, the way it was intended to be.

    Oh, or what if the writer had been listening to Devin since the Odd Squad days and honestly felt that the album was not on the same level as The Dude or Just Tryin to Live.

    Or, hold on, what if, the writer wrote about the album based on what he heard instead taking the easy route and thinking of it as a “at least it aint like [enter your least favorite rapper here]” album.

    Oh, hold up, what if, just think, what if the writer is actually a Devin fan…and just didnt feel it like that?

    Just a thought…shit like that does happen ya know?

    But yeah, Im glad that ya’ll enjoyed the Devin album. I did too, and bought it still. I’m actually kinda jealous of ya’ll. Ya’ll got to hear an album that I didn’t. But shied, if you got any more comments to leave, go right ahead, holla at me…ill be in the bathroom Boo Boo’n

  • Hollywood

    ^^^^
    Nigga go kill ya self!!!! We dont want to here that bullshit. Your review should have been earlier, not on April 2nd, weeks after the album has come out.

  • jboog

    uh, do you really think writers get albums to review AFTER the record comes out??

    really. magazines are put together and go to print at least a month before they hit stands. wtf are u even talking about????

    and the only people who are really pissed about this album getting a LARGE are people who are not really devin fans. any real devin fan– you know, people who listened to him BEFORE he did a song with Dr. Dre– will tell you this is easily his weakest solo effort to date.

    of course, since devin is the shit, even his weakest effort is better than most of what’s being released… but that’s beside the point. bottom line– get over yourselves…really.

  • i’m a houstonian

    mo garland, sir your review is an insult to devin the dude and his fans…asshole but were intitled to our own opinion though…

  • trapstar

    album is hot you either like devin or you dont he just got his own style

  • traplif3 hustle

    codered1

  • Norf cakalak

    Fuck XXL yall some haters. Get ya mind right and a better reveiw board.

  • TucTown D

    Maurice, how about this. Why dont you jump off a bridge you asshole.

  • http://www.myspace.com/ilikehotnwet gustavo elguezabal

    How can I be an album reviewer?

  • Cream

    Guess I won’t buy this since every1 says it’s garbage.

  • CMR

    What THE FUCK??????????!!!!!!!! L???? Man who ever rated this iz on crack. This album at worst is a xl. If this was the source it would be 4 mics.

  • gluvnast

    Maurice Garland Says:

    April 4th, 2007 at 1:01 am
    Here’s a though folks.

    What if “What A Job” with Dre and Snoop was added at the very last minute and wasnt put on the version that was sent out for review?

    Or, what if the tracks on the review version weren’t mastered so that the total listening experience could be had, the way it was intended to be.

    Oh, or what if the writer had been listening to Devin since the Odd Squad days and honestly felt that the album was not on the same level as The Dude or Just Tryin to Live.

    Or, hold on, what if, the writer wrote about the album based on what he heard instead taking the easy route and thinking of it as a “at least it aint like [enter your least favorite rapper here]” album.

    Oh, hold up, what if, just think, what if the writer is actually a Devin fan…and just didnt feel it like that?

    Just a thought…shit like that does happen ya know?

    But yeah, Im glad that ya’ll enjoyed the Devin album. I did too, and bought it still. I’m actually kinda jealous of ya’ll. Ya’ll got to hear an album that I didn’t. But shied, if you got any more comments to leave, go right ahead, holla at me…ill be in the bathroom Boo Boo’n

    ^^^^^^^^MORAL OF THE STORY: DO YOU FOOLS LISTEN TO MUSIC OR DO YOU SKIM THRU IT!!!!

    that’s why i say fuck reading reviews because they don’t jack from shit…why the fuck would you do a review when the album wasn’t even FINALIZED?????

  • BIGNAT

    at your end of the year review you guys better switch his l to xl and rich boys l to a m hahahaha

  • http://wwww.myspace.com/thevoiceofthelou Rog

    Ratings like this is why real rappers dont get deals or sell records. Stright Bullshit

  • http://www.teenchat.com CHICAGO PaPii

    Niggaz know Devin The Dude is a Dope Rapper, but, XXL is Lame!!!!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com CHICAGO PaPii

    Devin The Dude is Real Hip-Hop, and sounds better than %97.7 of Rappers in The South

  • Bigsauce

    Man…. Devin ripped this shit. Horrible rating, XXL ya’ll caint be hatin on the dude, This cat deserves atleast a XL. Get that shit together pimpin

  • jynx

    This is truly a poor rating and shows how far behind the east places the south. I have listened to this whole cd already and can’t take it out the deck. From beginning to the end this joint is fresh. He’s talkin about real life shit and you fools don’t respect that. Fresh cd bad rating.

  • djezdck

    yall trippin, devin been goin hard, and is easily one of the most under rated rappers of all time, get off this pop ya ass bullshit and get on some real shit, niggas is follow alongs, yall grown men pumpin your hips in the air in shit to some bullshit, this nigga devin is for real,thats how we roll in kansas, smoke, and bang devin, some real shit, get up on us!

  • marmourjr

    This is a Xl rating

  • http://www.tuckyart.com Tucky

    This CD is better than an L, especially when I compare it to some of the the other CDs you give XL’s to. There isn’t a cat alive who can’t relate to “Almighty Dollar” or “Used To Be”—-and “Hope I Don’t Get Sick of This” is lyrically on point. Devin makes Grown Man Music. This is his best album since his first solo joint…. Ya’ll had better recognize.

  • BirdsFlySouth

    Tru Life gets a XL and Devin get’s a L. This website gets a L for loser

  • jono

    L u gota be pullin my cock u fuckers dont recognize a gud album wen it drops,
    tru life all shit an he get better this album was highly anticipated and lived up to its expectation,

    YALL MAAAAD!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/dachaomusic DaChao(Look What I Have Become)

    I WAS HOPING HE SOLD BUT DAMN HIS ALBUM SUCKED

  • http://www.grindfamily.com twezzy

    YO IS THIS “MAURICE” DUDE SNIFFIN POWDERED DOGG FOOD.

    THAT DEVIN THE DUDE CD IS ONE OF THE BEST OF THE YEAR.

    ITS SITS RIGHT UP THERE WITH “THE DUDE” AND “TO THE EXTREME”

  • http://MARIC_MA@YAHOO.COM RIP ROCC

    SHITT WAS KNOCCIN DUROCC CRIPP 3X BK NK SLOBBK DEVIN GO HARD (NOHOMO)

  • Pimp C

    This is Yung Pimp Sweet Jones i wanna give Devin da Dude new album xxl this is a classic what up bun B

  • triplejay61

    I don’t care what the rating is from one man’s review. This is not even a gauge to me. The real rating system is from all the above comments I’ve read. His music puts you in a place of reality. What I mean is regular real life situations. Not all this glamorous shyt most folks are on. I can’t afford all the ice, cars, and extravagant trips to south pacific islands. But I can afford a Newport box and 6 pack of Bud though. He keeps it simple and realistic just like my and lots of other’s life. The street will let The Dude know if it is a good album or not.

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