Ghetto Bootleg


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Review Text Fannypack may be remembered as one (almost)-hit wonders thanks to their silly ode to the fashion disaster known as "Cameltoe" but their first album So Stylistic is an inspired ode to the sound of early hip-hop female acts like J.J. Fad and L'Trimm. The beats are tight, the hooks sharp (both courtesy of producers Matt and Fancy) and the rhymes laid down by the trio of female rappers (Jessibel, Kat, and Belinda) are funny and fun. Their second album, See You Next Tuesday, was a major letdown, trading in the innocent fun of the debut for a skanky, almost world-weary feel. Instead of laughing about camel toes and boasting like schoolgirls, the trio rapped about lap dances and dropped terrible lines about Great White. Around the release of that album in 2005, the group released a set of unreleased tracks and remixes on their website. Titled Ghetto Bootleg, there were originally only 1,000 copies available but in 2008, three years after the group split, Tommy Boy gave the disc an official release. The big question has to be why, since See You was a huge flop and it's hard to imagine anyone buying Ghetto Bootleg in 2008. Even if you are a Fannypack lover, there isn't much of interest here. About half the disc seems to be of So Stylistic vintage including decent remixes of "Cameltoe," "So Stylistic," and "Hey Mami," and a revamped version of "Theme from Fannypack" (here re-titled "The Theme from Frank"). "Hit It" and "Yo!" are the two unreleased tracks and both sound almost good enough for the CD, but not quite. The rest of the album has the cold and unpleasant feel of SYNT with "Pop That Thing" being a funky but crass slice of dirty, sexy nonsense, "Baby" and "The Pause" are negligible tunes, and "Booty Cologne" is just plain wrong as it harshly segues between strident chants to stop the war and lame battle rhymes. The best thing on the record is the slinky, truly sexy Double J & Haze remix of their cover of Lidell Townsell's classic slice of New Jack house "Nu Nu (Yeah Yeah"). No bad rapping, just some sultry vocals and a tune that floats along like a butterfly. One awesome track doesn't make for a disc worth buying, much less hearing, though. The sad end of Fannypack began a long time before this disc first came out in 2005, the tunes that make up the second half of this disc are clear demonstrations of why their demise was destined, and welcomed. ~ Tim Sendra

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Hit It - 3:00
  2. 2. Yo! - 3:58
  3. 3. Theme from Frank - 4:08
  4. 4. Cameltoe - 4:42
  5. 5. Hard Beat - 2:32
  6. 6. Pop That Thing - 2:28
  7. 7. Hit It Again - 3:25
  8. 8. Booty Cologne - 4:53
  9. 9. Baby - 4:06
  10. 10. Pause - 5:56
  11. 11. So Stylistic - 3:09
  12. 12. Hey Mami - 4:33
  13. 13. Nu Nu (Yeah Yeah) - 3:29
  14. 14. Nu Nu (Yeah Yeah)

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