Puttin' In Work: Footsouljahs
By Gareth Shute
After a drawn out wait, the Footsouljahs have delivered a follow-up to their 2002 EP 'Stylz, Deliveriez, Flowz'. This time, they have come up with a full-length album and you certainly get your money's worth. Once again, DJ Raw lives up to his name and has delivered an album that is backed by raw, hard-as-nails production. The rappers match up to these beats with hard hammering battle rhymes and explosive party raps. The Footsouljahs are an impressive live act and a recording could never do justice to this, but the album does a good job of catching some of this energy on tracks like You and Don't Break the Flow. The rhymes on the album are delivered in an upfront street style and the tracks seldom rely on sung choruses. The overall effect is similar to the first Deceptikonz album. 'Puttin' in Work' provides a good opportunity for rap fans around the country to acquaint themselves with a crew that has been holding it down in Wellington since long before hip hop music in NZ broke into the mainstream.