Main Attrakionz 

Bossalinis & Fooliyones

And to think that just two years ago nobody had ever heard of "cloud rap." Bossalinis and Fooliyones, the first honest-to-God album from Oakland's immensely talented, endlessly creative Main Attrakionz, helps complete the genre's — and the group's — movement out of the weed-choked Oakland warehouses where it was born to the alt-rap mainstream — but it also shows us the "cloud" sound can be both a blessing and a curse.

This is a group that's made its name on watery, minimalist production values; on slurred-out, organic-sounding, apathetic-on-purpose flows; on an aesthetic that's foggy and fluid and faded (sonically and mentally). The irony here is that Main Attrakionz must be among the hardest-working acts in hip-hop, having released more than a hundred songs in the last year or so, but there's a fine line between loose and lazy, and on Bossalinis, it can take a couple listens to parse. It's both fitting and significant that the album stretches a full seventy minutes — fitting because this is an act that's firmly committed to volume, to releasing nearly every track it lays down, no matter how half-baked, and significant because it betrays a certain curation problem.

"Love Is Life" and "Cloud Body" are classic Attrakionz, ambient and absorbent and otherworldly in the way last year's "Perfect Skies" was; "Sex and the City" floats a prurient boast about Squadda B's, ah, natural gifts over a tinkling, spare piano for a giddily immediate effect. But opener "Green on Sight" is warmed-over and unremarkable, and it's not the only misstep on the album.

That's the thing about clouds: They're beautiful, powerful, immersive — but sometimes, when you get close enough, you see that they're really just air. (Young One)


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Latest in CD Reviews

Author Archives

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

The Beer Issue 2020

The Decade in Review

The events and trends that shaped the Teens.

Best of the East Bay


© 2020 Telegraph Media    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation