If you are familiar with Devin The Dude as a rapper, then you already know what topics his album will touch on before you even push play. Mr. Copeland is a connoisseur when it comes to marijuana, escapades with women and sharing the details is his area of expertise. His first album since his departure from Rap-A-Lot Records, Landing Gear, doesn’t stray far away from his formula. At twelve songs deep, he leaves little room for error with the run-time clocking in at less than fifty minutes.
One of Devin’s qualities that make him such an interesting MC is his sing-song style and matter-of-fact humor that for the most part, gives him the ability to never run his redundant concepts into the ground. The laid back, bass heavy song “In My Draws” is vintage Devin; complete with tales of trying to find a lady for the night, being stalled by the police, and not trusting the advances of a woman in fear of bad intentions. “I Can’t Make It Home” doubles as the first single as well as the most accessible track of the whole project. Devin revisits his distrust in the police as he recounts being pulled over while D.W.B. and arrested for a D.U.I.
Other notables include the Spanglish ode-to-booty “El Grande Nalgas” and the moderately uplifting song “Yo Mind,” where he warns those who are starting to slip, that they need to get back on their feet. And of course the self-reflective, loner anthem “I Need A Song.”
Unfortunately, with such a short track list, stale songs like “Me, You” and “Stray” stick out like Devin in a Truth commercial. The remainder of the tracks fall somewhere in the middle of the road. That doesn’t result in a failure to launch but not exactly a perfect landing either.