Playdough – Hotdoggin

By BMer on May-4-2011 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , , , | Share

Playdough – Hotdoggin
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4.3 (4 votes)

Artist: Playdough
Release: Hotdoggin
Label: none
Release Date: April 2011
Reviewed By: BMer

Track Listing:

  1. Nunya (0:47)
  2. Rhymer Reason (3:04)
  3. No Angel (3:45)
  4. Elizabeth Shue (2:52)
  5. The Business (2:42)
  6. Say Sumn (3:39)
  7. My Cadillac (3:29)
  8. Franks & Beans (feat. Gift of Gab) (2:54)
  9. 1 Day (4:44)
  10. Hotdoggin (2:54)
  11. Singleminded Female (3:39)
  12. So What (feat. Freddie Bruno) (3:00)
  13. I Got It Like (4:09)
  14. Ya Heard (feat. Mr. Dibbs Vs The Black Keys) (3:55)
  15. Follow It (3:41)
  16. Sunset (4:20)

“What are you doing out there man, huh? You’re hotdogin’ out there!”

“Aw so what coach?!”

“Well if you’re gonna be hotdoggin’ you gotta do it right.”

Playdough’s third full-length album is titled Hotdoggin and it definitely follows through with the expectations. Playdough, the MC lyric-master of Deep Space 5, has released two previous full-length mixtapes for free, Writer Dye and Bible Bus Mixtape, and all of his work shows an obvious gift for rapping, but neither release really compares to Hotdoggin.

Narrated by a little old lady resembling Betty White, Hotdoggin blasts out of the gates with “Rhymer Reason” with it’s groovin’ bass walk and sing-along chorus “Thank you, you’re welcome…now is the time for the rhyme and the reason”. Playdough has often said that his previous mixtapes and work were building up to this release, and you can definitely tell his beats and lyrics are on-point. Armed with a resume of work with DeepSpace 5 and Ill Harmonics, plus a few battle-rap victories and mixtapes, Playdough mixes a sound knowledge of the Bible with everyday raps.

Playdough’s light-hearted style makes Hotdoggin such a blast to listen to. Every track is upbeat and moving, and Playdough’s whimsical raps always draw a chuckle like in the first track he released “My Cadillac” -”My son learned quick my AC lacked / Looking real hard, a toddler car seat in the back / Perfect size the trunk carries the merch / Playdough family parking lot at the Church Sunday morning.” But while Playdough does keep a laid-back feel throughout Hotdoggin, he does touch on some serious topic like false idols (“Franks & Beans), the End Times (“Follow It”), and a song written about dying (“1 Day”) where Playdough raps “Because I can’t feel hurt, don’t remember no pain / To live is Christ, to die is gain / And when you miss me sit back and press play / Think this is how I changed the world in one day.”

Hotdoggin is excellent all the way through, each song has interesting samples and some funk to keep the feel light. Playdough’s delivery is more MC / hip-hop than rap, with emphasis on how the lyrics flow together and the serious lyrical content. Playdough also pushes the limits of “Christian” music, exploiting some of the freedom he has since he’s releasing these albums on his own. He also brings some legit guest artists to Hotdoggin including Gift of Gab of Blackalicious and Mr Dibbs, who brings his talents with a mashup of The Black Keys on “Ya Heard”, plus a handful of producers to keep the quality throughout.

OVERALL Hotdoggin is easily Playdough’s best work. Playdough’s flow is creative and his delivery is very confident, his lyrical content is honest and personal. Playdough is easily one of the best MC’s in the underground scene today, he’s the best part of Deep Space 5 and even better when he’s on his own, Hotdoggin will be one of the best hip-hop albums of 2011.

Playdough - Hotdoggin, 4.3 out of 5 based on 4 ratings

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Grew up in Sacramento in the punk scene, moved to Denver and have been there ever since. Punk / Hardcore. View all posts by BMer

10 Responses to 'Playdough – Hotdoggin'

  1. Brian what do you mean by pushes the limits of “Christian” music?

    • BMer says:

      i would say lyrically there are a few moments that could be a little sketchy, stuff you wouldn’t hear from a Reach Records rapper. his lyrics are on the page i linked to (name of the album) so if you’re interested you should check them. i don’t think they’re a factor, or controversial, and i don’t want to make a bigger deal of it than it is, especially here on IVM where big debates/arguments can happen over semantics.

  2. I disagree. Its on par wit his previous albums, but i wudnt say its any beta. Everythin hes dun, wetha as a solo artist or part of a group, has been solid, so i expected anotha solid undaground Gospel hip- hop album, n thats wat i got, lol. I also wuda given it probly an 8, not a 9. But im sure it wil b 1 of the top album 4 its genre this year!!

  3. Garrett says:

    Hmm. Perhaps I’m just an alarmist, but did anyone else notice a lot of sexual imagery in this album? From the Ill chosen album cover, to lyrics like these:

    “I got a reason for the rhyme
    I’m squeezing outta
    And I don’t know a single person but I sees a lotta
    Friends and neighbors these pens and papers
    Are doing lots of freedom frying French potatoes
    So hug the bartenders and go tip the waiters
    Don’t miss the disc jockeys oil dipped in faders
    It’s sealed with a kiss till they gets the vapors
    And Im’ma put my hand out pulling for the coming up
    Friend of ME’s and enemies I’m learning Love will sum it up
    So touch somebody that you ain’t never met yet
    Let that comfort zone go feel a death threat
    Cuz the best yet to come and you can bet that
    We gonna let that kick drum get the cassette wet
    We gonna pray Jesus come until He hit that
    Gong let the song play on and Im’ma spit that”

    Anyone else notice?

  4. phiL says:

    Jesus should hit that… lol jk And people are freakin out about FamilyForce5 saying dang/bang girl… this seems alot more explicit!

  5. BMer says:

    not that it answers much, but i did tell Playdough about the comments, on twitter, and his responses were:

    “wow. That’s all I can say. Hahaha” “I love when people pay attention to the lyrics. They just have dirty little minds. Haha”

    also, he’s posted all of his lyrics at his bandcamp site http://playdough.bandcamp.com/album/hotdoggin and according to that the line goes (as posted above):

    “We gonna pray Jesus come until He hit that
    Gong let the song play on and Im’ma spit that “

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