Baton Rouge's Webbie has stayed relevant in rap music a lot longer than he was probably projected to in 2005. The Atlantic-turned-Asylum star has had a strong radio presence with his Trill Fam, in the form of "Bad Bitch," "Wipe Me Down" and now "Independent" respectively. Slim on budget and substance, Webbie's tool has been booming beats, catchy choruses and a mild-mannered southern charm that transcends into his music.
Though it inevitably falls short of a Hip Hop purist's approval, "Independent" demonstrates growth for Webbie.
After all, this is a male rapper praising a DIY female beyond more than
just "I ain't paying for you," semantics. While it's not exactly
equivalent to Kanye West's "All Falls Down," we do have a club
single surpassing the d-boy discussion. "I Miss You" takes a similar
counter-route. However, the song's tired sample and poor construction
sounds just as bad when Nice & Smooth made the same song (literally) 10 years ago as "Let It Go."
The harder, bravado-based material is more or less the same as Webbie
has come with throughout the last five years. "I'm Hot" is a
five-minute self-affirmation with carefully placed electric guitar
underneath pounding percussion. "Ya'll Ain't Makin' No Money" is a
charged club hit that fails in its chorus, but riles up listeners to
point across the room to actual or imaginary enemies and laugh at their
shortcomings. As it would seem, Webbie has two speeds: rapping
about himself, generally bragging, and rapping about others, whether
praising their initiative or ridiculing their mistakes. There is little
depth, but still, if artists are to be represented in the mainstream by
their singles, Webbie is to be commended for some growth.
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