Digital Gringo injects a much-needed sense of humor into hip-hop with the playful “Good Clean Fun”. Lyrics have a giddiness to them with flows that are flawless. The stylistic potpourri included within the sound further adds to its sense of uninhibited freedom. Electro, trap, even bits of hard rock are thrown into the mix effortlessly framed within a rap ethos. A whole slew of vocalists, freestylers, and their ilk appear throughout the whole of the album. Storytelling goes for a powerful take while these pieces seem to neatly roll on by, with the skits further adding a bit of atmosphere into the album’s spirit.
Elements of Digital Gringo’s attitude at times recalls some of Das Racist’s wilder impulses. Like them, he is able to remain poignant without becoming dour. Much of the lyricism emphasizes this tact, having a tongue-in-cheek cleverness. Beyond this, the rhythms occasionally veer into a bit of an old-school hip-hop funk. On this, they draw heavily from Run DMC’s wide inclusion of different genres into their own approach. Delivery too occasionally belies a deep understanding of hip-hop’s roots.
After the short intro of “Bowling For Burgers” which helps to set the tone, things start in earnest with “The D.E.N.N.I.S. System (feat. Powda Kush)”. Within this track there is almost a carnivalesque bewilderment as the sweeping synthesized strings give it an unhinged temperament. Blue humor comes into the fray with “Fava Beans (feat. Black Daniels & Powda Kush)” where they touch upon the zeitgeist of a lack of confidence. Going for a more political kick is “CRI$I$ (feat. Powda Kush)” as she adopts a focus on the seemingly endless culture wars that have completely consumed America. The economical groove of “Knocked My Socks Off (feat. Powda Kush)” incorporates a good deal of electro into its slick, slinky groove.
Electro and jazz intermingle on the album highlight “The Struggle Is Real (feat. Black Daniels & Deezy Da Dirtball)”. Lyricism goes for a heavier topic, as the song at times gets a little influence from Tyler, The Creator’s more recent output. The Run DMC influence is strong on the jagged riffs of “Joe Dirt (feat. Black Daniels & Deezy Da Dirtball)”. Highly creative and with the right amount of giddiness is the surprisingly catchy “Bad Muthafucka (feat. Black Daniels & Deezy Da Dirtball)” for they include a cinematic flair into the proceedings. Some darkness runs through the heavy “Kobe (Fallen Idols)” with a bit of hate thrown at mumble rap. They end the album off on a high note with the fantastic and faithful rendition of Run DMC’s classic “It’s Tricky (feat. Black Daniels, Dan Vallerand & Powda Kush)”.
“Good Clean Fun” shows off Digital Gringo’s deft skill with production, lyricism, and overall offering up a bit of fun.