Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Fri., May 30, 2008
Dubb SicksMind in the Gutter (Backyard Recordings)
In-your-face Austin MC Dubb Sicks brings the heat and the grime on second LP Mind in the Gutter, its title track dialing Dr. Dre's signature ring with brutally self-effacing rhymes ("I haven't bathed in three weeks"). "Wake up, hate everything around" to the Odessa native's POV, spooked over bad dreams ("Bloodshot Angel") and satirizing "Queen of the Trailer Park." Sicks hits Dipset glitz on "Time After Time" and boasts through "Ha Ha Ha" but jumps ship on the unpolished "I Don't Dance" and T-Pain-influenced "Just Let Me Put the Head In," which is either a botched joke or a disastrous work of art. The guitar-infused "Show's Over" finishes on par, though his "Elvis has just left the building" claim comes up short.