Attendees of South by Southwest, consumers of underground rap, and resident's of this artists' local might adore him, but I, a simpleton, had no idea Eric Biddines existed until this month. A pleasant combination of nerd and regional rap, Biddines has a style that has layers. With several R&B vocal loops and smooth beats, his work reminds me of an early Andre 3000. Some songs like Whole Trunk even show hues of Slim Thug. If you are an Outkast fan or eccentric Southern Rap, like myself, he will have instant appeal.
Eric's latest album, The Local Cafe, feels more like an anthology than an album. Touting a robust sixteen tracks, this whooper of an album has a bit of a disjointed feel at times. Disjointed has a negative connotation in most contexts, but in this instance the variety of tracks holds listener interest. Mid song, on tracks like 20 Dollar Loan, Biddines adds in musical interludes that contribute to the album's mellow vibes. Biddines manages to keep his sound feel fresh without replicating annoying trends like persistent ineffective mumbling (...not going to point fingers at any mumblers specifically, but let's just say he is not from the past).
Catchy, upbeat tracks to jam to: Rushing Forever and Worried Bout.
Slow, soulful songs to bump: Wrong Path and Classic Cars.
Other notable tunes to listen to: One Thing and Railroads Down 3.
Enjoy checking out this artist and keep listening to rappers worth your time!