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DJ Skee and Whoo Kid present Will Roush: Know My Name


If Will Roush can blame anyone for keeping him down he could have a legitimate case against the white man. And by that I mean that Asher Roth. The same way Eminem made Bubba Sparxxx irrelevant (as did Bubba himself with his first video in the pig pen), Asher has taken shine away from Will. But Will being the ’09 Bubba has more to do with the Em/Ash factor. Like Sparxxx, he’s also a big burly white dude who pokes fun at his upbringing and personal life with witty and laugh provoking rhymes. The intro itself had me laughing my ass off, not to mention the comedic skits. But at the end of the day this is about the music, not the skits.

On the J. Dilla-produced, “What I Gotta Do Dilla?” he acknowledges his lack of time in the spotlight when he questioned, “What I gotta do to get a buzz? Get a beat from Dre and make a new “In Da Club?/ I’m a white Jewish kid/me beefin’ with the Bloods? I love Game and Wayne, Mack 10, what’s up?” Obviously this kid got balls (pause) cause me personally, I wouldn’t go around saying I’m Jewish with Mel Gibson still running loose.

He then got comedic with the self-deprecating “21st Birthday” saying lines like, “Running over benches/jumpin’ over fences/bumped into this guy going hard and relentless/backyard brawler beating this guy senseless/had the kind of punch that could end your life/he turned around it was Kimbo Slice! He said, ‘you wanna fight, boy?’ He threw a left and a right boy! I heard somebody say, ‘I got a thousand on the white boy!’ I don’t wanna squab/I don’t even try to act hard/heart pace pounding, getting’ chased around a backyard.”

In a way Will is in a class of his own. Not cause of the color of his skin, but because he doesn’t take himself too seriously which leads to rhymes that are funny, articulate and entertaining. Though his flow leaves much to be desired he was actually able to craft something that can be appreciated by certain hip-hop fans. Do I think Will can hold down a whole album? With his limited flow and invariable delivery, probably not. Though he’s an entertaining rapper with the rhymes and metaphors, at the end of the day he lacks substance. He’s not really taking the listener anywhere new under sun the way Em or even Bubba did (but who cared about life on a farm, really?).

He showed potential to think outside the comedic box for a sec on “Going On My Way” and “1 Of A Kind,” but ultimately it wasn’t enough to convince me that he’s there yet. To me he’s just an Okay rapper. He’s still early in the game so maybe he’ll take heed to my advice and take his lyrical game up a notch or two. With Ash already an afterthought in most people’s minds, this is Will’s chance to step up and step in on Roth’s fan base. Either that or be a stunt double for Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet. Whatever works best for dude…-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “1 Of A Kind”

Weakest Joint: “Parents Just Don’t Understand” (Yes, the Will Smith joint was used)

  • Pierzy

    What up O…I have a few thoughts here:

    First, I think you’re right about Bubba/Em but like you said Bubba did it to himself as well. His 2nd album [Deliverance] was excellent but much like artists that miss their opportunity [i.e. Canibus] the first time around, the second album may be crack, but no one is listening.

    Secondly, it’s tough to get a better set of co-signs in the mixtape game than Skee & Whoo Kid.

    Third, you have to be more than funny to make a dent. There are a million (literally) rappers that make witty lines and clever schemes. You need more.

    If you gave it a “HOOD” rating, I’d check it out but based on your review, I’ll pass. Good work as always…

  • AvengerXL

    I don’t buy into much the infamous O has to say. I think he is just another in the pocket media pawn in the game of crap hop. Honestly I have seen him give a hood rating to some suspect hood driven stuff, while given a lower rating to records like will roush though I agree with him in this instance.

  • O

    Gee, thanks Avenger. LOL. And you’re right P, first impressions go a LONG way, and though Canibus had a dope 2nd album, that 1st one pretty much buried his career. Same with Bubba. Sidenote, Jigga’s 2nd album, In My Lifetime Vol. 1 was off the meatrack. I don’t get how heads never caught on to that one…

    • Pierzy

      I couldn’t agree more. I know a few people that like Vol. 1 over Reasonable Doubt and they were fuckin’ with Jigga way back in ’94. I think people got turned off to “The City Is Mine” and “Sunshine” but some of his best cuts evar are on that album.

  • O

    The only WACK cuts on that album were “I Know What Girls Like,” and “Sunshine.” “City Is Mine” was my SHIT! “Sunshine” was horrible though. Not to mention that video. That’s what bodied that album’s mainstream/street appeal…

    • AvengerXL

      The sad thing is Sunshine goes harder than a lot of the stuff folks consider dope nowadays. Because back then you even had to try and be witty on your lame pop cuts. Now it is all Degrassi but I digress.

      • Pierzy

        Sunshine wasn’t as bad as people claim and if it had come out from 98 – 01 a/k/a the Jay-Z Can Do No Wrong period, it would’ve been the biggest hit ever.

        I thought “Lucky Me” was always unfairly criticized – he says some shit on that song! And of course the street joints are legendary. From 4 – 7 and 10 – 14, it’s all rewind that again material. “Imaginary Player” is one of the most underrated songs in his library because of the impact it had on the game…

        • O

          “Lucky Me” was THE TRUTH!!! “Who You Wit,” “Rap Game/Crack Game,” “Imaginary Playe,” “You Must Love Me” – all classic material. But all people heard and saw was “Sunshine.” Damn shame…

        • Pierzy

          And of course “Where I’m From” – maybe his best cut ever.

        • O

          Best ever, I don’t know. Definitely Top 5 though…

  • BeerGangsta

    You got top notch people on here. Scarface,Dre,DJ Skee,DJ Whoo kidd,Nas,Biggie,Jay Z. This shit can’t do nothing but sale. If it was up to Will Roush this shit wouldn’t be worth a dam. I don’t listen to Honkeys Rappers!! LOL