THE PLAYERS: Paul Wall, Skinhead Rob and Travis Barker.
THE STORY: Apparently after Transplants fell apart, Travis and Rob still wanted to work together and then Paul Wall got involved and here you have a mix tape of theirs which you can download here.
OFFICIAL SITE: ExpensiveTaste.com
You might think that after disliking the Transplants first record so much last week that the last thing I’d want to check out is a mixtap by two thirds of that group. Let it never be said that I’m neither curious nor willing to get burned a second time. Luckily, though, I didn’t. Expensive Taste’s mix tape is fantastic. I don’t really know much about hip hop, especially current hip hop, but I really dug on the beats and the rhymes that these guys puts together which makes me think that the weak link in the Transplants chain had to be Tim Armostrong. That’s okay though, dude still writes, sings and plays awesome punk rock music. Here’s a sample of one of their tracks. NSFW lyrics.
What I dig about the mixtape–aside from the fact that it was free–is that it just feels a lot cleaner and fresher than the Transplants, which is kind of funny considering those were legitimately release records and this is a free mixtape. Everything’s very crisp and the dudes and their guest stars have a tendency to layer the vocals with different singers that sounds really great. I might not know what the hell they’re talking about some of the time (keeping up on slang when you rarely leave your house is pretty difficult).
The real draw here, aside from trying to give these guys another chance, is hearing Paul Wall–a rapper I’m not super familiar with, but have heard his tracks on some other records and a few of his singles–and Barker, who, as I’ve mentioned, is one of my favorite drummers out there. These beats feel more like his, though I still wish they were a little more hard hitting. That could come down to the compression of the music though and not the actual recording because, as many of you may know, MP3s are the worst possible way to listen to music and a lot can be lost in the process. Ah well, I still have most of my music as MP3s. How else am I supposed to fit all this stuff on my iPod? And I will be putting Expensive Taste on there and deleting the Transplants ASAP.