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Devin The Dude:Landing Gear

Devin The Dude
Landing Gear
(RAZOR & TIE)

Although he’s been flying below hip-hop’s national radar for the better part of his 14-year career, Devin the Dude is still, well, that dude. His soulful, sexed-up vocals and feel-good lyrics have made him a definite fan favorite. On his latest, Landing Gear, Devin does what he does best, mixing raunchy love songs with laughable narratives.

Ever the comedian, Devin weaves through the smooth bass line of “In My Draws” to spit a humorous tale about overzealous jump-offs, then gets bilingual on the highly entertaining “El Grande Nalgas,” an ode to apple bottoms en Español. Moving west, the Houston representative links up with Snoop Dogg for the groovy antigroupie anthem “I Don’t Chase ’Em,” before switching from silly to serious. “Thinkin’ ’Boutchu” finds the former Odd Squad member reminiscing about a past love over funky flutes and an acoustic guitar (“It was nobody’s fault/And if you think that I don’t miss you, you can hold that thought”).
Flexing his storytelling ability even further, Devin pens a fictional tale about catching a DUI charge, on the somber-sounding “I Can’t Make It Home.” Ironically, the habitual weed head turns right around and delivers an antidrug PSA on the cautionary “Yo Mind,” where he spits, “You thinkin’ nobody cares, and you’re in it by yourself/Takin’ anything, steady destroying your health.”

Devin is an exceptional writer. Unfortunately, his chronic-induced flow, coupled with the album’s relaxed production, comes across sleepy this time out. On the slow and plodding “Let Me Know It’s Real,” Dev halfheartedly explains his infidelities over a droopy backdrop, only to flip the script and praise his woman’s love on the supersappy “Your Kinda Love.” However, Devin’s easygoing charisma goes a long way, making Landing Gear an ideal soundtrack for those coming off a high. —MEKA UDOH

  • tony grand$

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  • Chris Mac

    this albums tight, this dude does not get the credit he deserves, he wrote for some of the biggest names in hip hop. This album is a pretty even when it comes down it, its what you expect from him. It has its low points but you can almost hear him spark another as it picks up again. I’ve bin listening to hip hop for a long time now, and if theres anything i can tell the new gen is this is one cd you got check out.I’d tell ya’ll to pick it up but I think im the only one buys an album anymore.

  • latino heat

    naw, u aint the only one homie. i still support a select few artists by buying there shit out the store and devin is one of them. this isnt his best work but it is worth checking out. its still better then most other albums out now.

  • dusty boy

    Say TRILL playaz jam TRILL shit!! If ya cd didn’t come in plastic with a receipt then you got FUCKED!!! Devin is the MUTHAFUCKIN’ DUDE!!!

    TEXAS STAND UP!!!

    Im gon’ sip my coffee now and bang this new shit yall!!!

    Awready

  • chad bro chill

    listen to “i can’t make it home” very funny good song

    personally id rather listen to this than ludacris