A lot of the pros and cons with the new CDs are the same as with the old ones. It's really cool to hear Peso back on the mic, but the majority of the material are these kind of club songs I've never really been a fan of. You know, air horns in the instrumental, titles like "She's a Hottie." Maybe this is what's popping in his local scene, but personally I'd much rather hear some more traditional breakbeat and soul sample kinda stuff, or even something reminiscent of his really old school records. But it is what it is, and there are still some cool moments are highlights. Overall, I prefer This Is How I Roll, which is a little more hip-hop. It's all original production by names I don't recognize, but who I assume are all part of his Plattsburgh Home Team crew, except the first track, "Still Peso," which us over the "Still D.R.E." instrumental. That's definitely one of the best tracks, and remember that song I picked out from his crew's mixtape called "My Universe?" Well, that's on here; and they've even made a video for it up on youtube now.
Home Team). There's a Home Away From Home mixtape, which is actually a proper mix, full of solo songs and the big posse cut I wrote about last year's post. It has two more Peso songs, but they're both on This Is How I Roll, so if you get that, you've already got 'em. And they also sent me the solo debut of Phonix Orion, who had one of the best songs on the Summer Sampler from last year. I wasn't too taken with his appearances on Home Away From Home, but hearing him on own project, I was definitely feeling him more.
But since "My Universe" is one of his best songs, and it's the one they've chosen to make the video for; I think Peso's already moving in the right direction. So like last year, these CDs might be just for the serious fans and old school collectors who are excited to hear that Peso's back and what he's up to. But pretty soon we might be looking at something I'd recommend for the more mainstream listener.