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California rapper Shwayze just released his debut solo EP Shwayzed & Confused earlier this month. Shwayze known better for his collaboration work with Cisco Adler producing island acoustic strums and touring colleges across the country while releasing three studio albums, it seems the time has come for both Shwayze and Adler to part ways and work on solo careers for now.
Shwayze seems to be stepping in another direction from the Shwayze and Cisco Adler act with Shwayzed & Confused he jumps into the more electro-rap genre. He remains unique as a rapper with a soothing singing style rap, infusing the same old Shwayze reggae/pop/rap, and fun is the outcome.
This EP contains five songs, including the best song on the album in “Bolt” featuring Sky Blu of LMFAO. “Bolt” kicks off the EP with a whole lot of energy with a grandiose beat, along with the great flow of Shwayze, makes for a very good song. Sky Blu fits into it perfectly. The next song is “West Coast Party” and seems to show signs of life from the Shwayze and Cisco Adler days, with a funky groove and rock oriented danceable breakdown, and rapping lyrical content of partying, love, and sex. Has the makings of a good song, and it is. Then in my personal opinion, the EP drops off after these two tracks.
The rest of the songs on Shwayzed & Confused are “Love Is Overrated”, a fun sound with an un-ethical message of dysfunctional relationships turned sour turning the people to shallow just looking for one-night stands. Ironically the song is over a fun beat, and will make you nod your head along with the beat regardless, so maybe it’s not that bad of a song. That’s followed by “Better Than Most Loves” featuring The Cataracs offering up a sweet song while losing a bit of touch. This and the next song “Ghosts” featuring Austin Paul dive into the electro/dub-step genre that’s sweeping the nation, while attempting to keep the rap afloat, I suppose in a way to keep up with the changing tastes of music over the airwaves today.
All in all, I’d give Shwayzed & Confused a 2.5 out of 5. I’d be interested to see what this EP would look like full-length, but where it’s at, I’m personally not a fan that Shwayze is heading towards. I personally enjoy the usual Shwayze rapping along to an acoustic beat, and I believe that’s when he’s at his best. While dipping into the electro genre, he’s stepping away from a particular fan-base to risk it in another. Who knows, maybe it’s me just being bitter as a big fan of Shwayze and Cisco Adler together, but it’s up to each person to form their own opinion over.
The EP is a quick five songs, I’d recommend listening to it and deciding for yourself if it’s enjoyable or not. Being his debut solo EP, there will be more to look for coming from Shwayze in the future.
Shwayze – “Bolt”: