written by: Shosh
Spose is pretty different than your typical rapper. He’s a 27-year-old skinny white guy. He doesn’t rap about drinking or clubbing or throwing money at strippers. Instead, he raps about paying his bills, his favorite sports teams and even doing mundane chores, like the dishes. For his self-released album “The Peter Sparker Mixtape,” Spose presents 13 tracks that are truly representative of his skills and style. After being dropped from Universal in 2010, he’s not looking for anyone’s approval or even mainstream radio-play. You won’t find pop tunes on this album, but plenty that will grab your attention and stick in your head like one.
Spose’s New England pride is made evident on second track “King of Maine” which will delight any North easterner familiar with the 207 area code. Spose raps about paying off his debt and watching the Boston Celtics. This tune is a fun one, followed by many more successful in a similar manner. “In Your Dreams” may be the catchiest of the bunch. It has a strong beat, breathy backing vocals and an infectious chorus. “Nineteen” is a sweet throwback to younger days as Spose sings about when he was “19 with my friends.” “Cows Come Home” is silly and delightful as Spose raps about partying until the cows come home, except that he doesn’t have cows. It’s not often that a tune will make you chuckle, but when Spose comically mimics a lisping fan, you may just laugh out loud.
A few songs falls short. “All Rs” is a mouthful with every word beginning with an “R” but it seems more like a gimmick than anything – just a string of words with no narrative. He can talk fast, but a bunch of words all starting with “Rs” isn’t all that engaging. “The People’s Douche” almost seems endearing about turning poor people into rich people and vice versa, but therein lies the douchery – wishing misfortune on those that happen to be successful makes this song mildly vengeful.
All in all, this album is a solid endeavor, made all the more impressive by Spose’s self release. He appeals to people just like himself – middle class white kids who can’t relate to burning a bunch of money but really love hip hop. Also, the ever-present misogyny found in most rap music doesn’t exist on this album, and that is a very, very welcome differentiator. You can get this album for FREE on June 10th.
To Release Two Free Albums in 2013
Set To Drop The Peter Sparker Mixtape on June 10th
02. The King of Maine
03. All Rs
04. 03 Altima
05. I’m Starving
06. In Your Dreams (ft. Chris Webby)
07. The People’s Douche
09. Cows Come Home
10. Fresh Raps
11. Still Bimpin
12. Bob Johnson
13. I’m Done
6/09 – PORTLAND, ME @ OLD PORT FESTIVAL
6/19 – STOCKBRIDGE, VT @ ZIONTIFIC FESTIVAL
7/12 – PORTLAND, ME @ THE STATE THEATRE
7/19 – ROXBURY, NY @ THE COME UP FESTIVAL
8/08 – BANGOR, ME @ KAH BANG FESTIVAL