88-Keys, "The Death of Adam" (Decon Records)
Rapper and producer 88-Keys brings many things to life with his debut CD, "The Death of Adam."
The concept CD is a collection of 14 tunes that tell funny, yet serious stories about relationships through the eyes of Adam. In Adam's world, there are different Eves women who try and control, seduce or hoodwink him in some way. But as Adam finds, it's hard not to succumb to their charms.
Among the top tracks are "Nice Guys Finish Last" and "The Friends Zone" where the likable, friendly Adam wines and dines his lady, but then gets slapped with the friend card. He then decides he'll no longer be Mr. Nice. The CD follows with "The Burning Bush," where Adam catches a disease from his new friend; he later learns that's she pregnant. Highlighted by trumpets, the CD's closing track, "Another Victim," finds Adam falling victim to his Eve.
A narrative at the end of each song explaining the next scene provides listeners with even more insight, background info and imagery.
88, who has produced records for Mos Def, Musiq Soulchild and Macy Gray, has a ton of help on the CD: Redman funks on "The Burning Bush," soul crooner Bilal swoons on "M.I.L.F." and newcomer Kid Cudi shines on "Ho' Is Short for Honey"; West, who is the CD's executive producer, also raps on the first single, "Stay Up! (Viagra)." 88's talent as a producer is obvious the New York-native produced every track on the CD, with the exception of co-producing three songs.
Overall, his exploration of the ways of women is hilarious and "The Death of Adam" is as good as your favorite audio book.
CHECK THIS OUT: On the thumping "The Friends Zone," which features electro-pop band Shitake Monkey, 88 delivers a definite multi-genre-sounding jam, infusing everything from rock to techno to hip-hop.