Alabama’s Paper Route Gangstaz touched down nationally with last year’s Fear and Loathing in Hunts Vegas, an uneven mix tape highlighted by some of the best stunt sampling we’ve ever heard — seriously, who knew Underworld’s “Born Slippy” would sound so good reborn as a self-esteem-boosting hip-hop anthem? (Turning “Careless Whisper” into “Bama Getting Money” was pretty ingenious too.) Those cuts came courtesy of Diplo, who plucked PRG from regional-rap obscurity and will be executive producing their upcoming full-length. Diplo’s not responsible for “Keyshia Cole,” the first single off pre-album EP Rocket Fuel, which turns out to be no problem — with giant techno synths, Shawty Redd–like drums, and one bewildering nickname for what sounds like a very potent strain of marijuana (“We used to call it ether, but now we call it Keyshia / And if you got a cold, a blunt of this here will relieve ya”), PRG proves they’re no one-trick pony.Paper Route Gangstaz Leave the George Michael Samples at Home
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