Dru B Shinin'

The Cleanup

Dru B Shinin' is unapologetic about how happy he is. And, on his latest release, the Fort Worth-based rapper nimbly sidesteps the darker themes that have characterized Southern hip-hop for years, instead favoring a candy-coated pop sound that, for the most part, works well. Although at times overly sugary and slightly clumsy, The Cleanup contains several sparkling romps perfect for cruising around in the summertime with the top down.

Make no mistake, though: This is very much a family-friendly album, completely devoid of curse words. Shinin' waxes poetic on such fresh-scrubbed topics as watching movies on the couch with a nice girl ("Just Got Home") and the joy of being a morning person ("Cargo shorts, button-ups / I'm awake as soon as the sun's up," he intones on "Blue Skies").

What makes it work is a hearty nod to hip-hop's '80s heyday. Shinin' doesn't attempt to pull any tricks out of his sleeve; his style is straightforward, his voice undistorted by effects. It's a listenable album that goes down like a glass of lemonade.

Pretty basic, sure, but completely refreshing on a hot summer day.

 
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4 comments
Alan Royal
Alan Royal

authentic and masterfully composed - Dru B Shinin is the next big act to come out of D/FW... guaranteed

Danny R Potter
Danny R Potter

Great Words on an amazing album, the clean up is the best summer album.

daewooparts
daewooparts

nice !! Dru B Shinin is a dope artist,i like his stuff

 
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