Heatstroke

Catch Me If You Can
(Wildin Records)

This Phoenix rapper's all-caps fact sheet states that he's got "A THREE HUNDRED SONG CATALOG WITH HEATSTROKE CREATING OVER FIFTY OF THOSE HIMSELF," and I don't think it's a coincidence that "OVER FIFTY" is bolded. Despite 50 Cent's The Massacre becoming a quadruple-platinum album and charting in the Top 5 after eight weeks, more than half of the people who bought it would tell you they were disappointed. America's biggest rap star's fame seems to rest more on bullet catching than battle rapping, so people looking for a new voice to enter the game should give Audrey Wright, a.k.a. Cactus Jack, a.k.a. Heatstroke, some undivided attention. 'Cause he's funny, he's "more connected than Nextel," and he's from Phoenix, "where what you said on the block can get you dead on the block." The opposition should note that on "H.E.A.T.," Stroke claims, "my rhymes will have you confused like a Rubik's cube" and "the last time I was in the club I hit 50 Cent in the head with a bottle of Bud." Sure, he gets into the Glock spiel, and the Gats get taken out to provide persuasive percussion in a few tracks, but for the most part, Cactus Jack's arrangements sound like they're inspired by either kung fu flicks or spaghetti Westerns. (www.worldwidewildin.com)

 
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