The New Classics

October 22, 2009

New Music: Big Boi, Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane]


Song: Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane]
Artist: Big Boi
Album: Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Producer: unknown
Label: Def Jam Records
Notes: none
Analysis: When you’re using a sample better than Jay-Z, you have to be doing something right, regardless of how many times your album is pushed back. ‘Shine Blockas’ rocks a soulful ‘I Miss You Baby’ sample by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes once used in the Kanye West-produced ‘This Can’t Be Life’ on Jay-Z’s Dynasty album. Where Jay (along with guests Beanie Sigel & Scarface) spat about the problems of their worlds, Big Boi takes a different turn by going in about those darn haters that always sound like such jerks. It’s a more upbeat take as Big Boi lets us know that nothing’s going to stop him from ‘shinin’ and living his life how he wants. The track’s nice and glossy, lightly dipped in some down-south trunk rattle with the help of Gucci Mane, whose profile is growing track by track. Who knows if Outkast will ever return, but for the moment, everyone should be more than pleased with Big Boi’s solo work, with ‘Shine Blockas’ now up there with the best of it.
Rating: 9.0

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  1. This song was produced by CUTMASTER SWIFF.

    Comment by Queen REE — December 9, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

  2. Big Boi’s version is slaying Jay-Z’s! There is a 10 year difference though so I’ll have to keep that in mind.

    Comment by Ryan P — August 16, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

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