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Red Cafe: Hottest In The Hood (Welcome To Bad Boy)

Real talk, Red Cafe’s nickname should’ve probably been the Journeyman. Dude went from Franchise to Mack 10’s Hoo Bangin’ to Arista to Capital Records to RCA to Konvict Muzik. Finally the Brooklynite seems to have found a home with P. Diddy and is currently signed to Bad Boy Records. Many hip-hop heads believe that Red Café is one of NYC’s hip-hop saviors and I can truly say that from some of the sounds he put together on this mixtape that’s not such a far fetched idea.

The man’s been signed countless times to major labels for a reason. Well, when he spits rhymes like, “I can hurl on a beat/slick talk a chick, put your girl on the street/make her work for free, in turn for a “G”/listen closely, you can learn from a “G”/ball hard like the Boston Celtics/they’ll be celebrating when I’m gone like Elvis/expect money in boxes like Kubricks/bubble like the ’93 Lexus/I own stocks in Serius I’m serious/so raw I’m Eddie Murphy, delirious/Bad Boy like whatever P. Diddy is/I must say I’m quite good at this, period!” (“So Easy”), It’s not hard to see why A&R’s were so enamored with the kid. Other joints like “Light’s Low,” “Hottest In The Hood” Remix and “Criminal Minded” were so bananas that there isn’t any doubt that my real street gorillas out there are gonna gobble these joints up!

But on the flip side Red just couldn’t sell me on his commercial joints like “First Night,” “Every Girl,” and “Nympho.” He can definitely run the streets with his hardcore joints. His voice is built to keep heads in the hood nodding, not girls in the club grinding. And I was definitely disappointed when he went the Auto-Tune route with “Birthday Sex.” Word to everything, Auto-Tune should be recognized by the hip-hop community as the latest STD to diminish our culture. It’s killing us slowly but not in the good Lauryn Hill way.

When RC’s melting tracks with street flames like “General” and “Ain’t Going Nowhere” he’s a problem to be reckoned with. His rhymes and overall demeanor on a hard track make for great hip-hop music. But when he goes into that club mode and begins to experiment with Auto-Tune and whatnot, that’s where his craft suffers and sets him back a few steps. While he has all the potential to help bring the East Coast music back, it’s now on Puff on which direction Red goes with his music. That’s a scary thought…-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “Criminal Minded”

Weakest Joint: “Birthday Sex”

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  • Pierzy

    Good work O…I just grabbed this yesterday. I always thought Cafe’s voice sounds similar to Obie Trice but dude’s pretty good. I think he & Puff could help one another

  • O

    Word to everything I was gonna say in my review that he sounded like Obie, but decided against it cause it is what it is. He do sound like Obie though. I hope Puff can help him, but I don’t know if Puff’s commercial steez can mesh with Red’s hard sound…

    • Pierzy

      O, you know that Puff wants to try to combine both worlds but it only really worked with B.I.G…maybe just lightning striking?

      • O

        But Big had the voice and flow to pull that off. Red sounds TOOO gritty…

  • BeerGangsta

    I don’t know lot about Red. I have heard him on mixtapes. It’s up to Red to catch people attention that don’t know him. Get your Promotion on.

  • Detroit Draper

    Ive heard him and he’s ok but not by himself I can only listen to him if he’s with Fab or somebody else. He’s not that great at all Im very unimpressed. Alot of his shit is just wack

  • Z

    Red Cafe is straight trash

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    Young Money ‘s newest signee!!! YOUNG-NO get familiar!!!!

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  • Superstar Extraordinaire

    havent heard dudes music and im not really planning to…..other new cats had little shits that sparked interest, but not this dude, atleast to me……maybe if it was playing in the streets and i walk by and happen to hear his music, but no other way

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  • aconner2

    “Other joints like “Light’s Low,” “Hottest In The Hood” Remix and “Criminal Minded” were so bananas that there isn’t any doubt that my real street gorillas out there are gonna gobble these joints up!”

    Who is writing this shit, XXL? Besides Bol most of your blogs/reviews read as though they were written by a high school dropout with down syndrome. Am I really supposed to respect a man’s opinion about wordplay and witty writing if he can’t keep the present and past tenses straight in his sentences? Jesus.

  • marc

    he will finally get that mainstream buzz he’s been waiting for

  • kaine