The time has finally come for Oakland, funk destroyer, rap chopper, pop infested, crazy digital beat maker Wallpaper. The nonstop hard work has landed the artist, musician, producer, remixer, mash-up extraordinaire and performer in the hands of MTV’s imprint Boardwalk and Hype Music labels. But prior to that, he has released a monster T-Rex EP and single and the out of this world album DooDooFace on Los Angeles indie label Eenie Meenie Records. He has remixed tracks such as “Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell” by Das Racist, “The Reeling” by Passion Pit and mashed up Jay-Z’s “Death Of Autotune” + “99 Problems” that has more than brought attention to his production skills.
And eventually, the world destroying “#STUPiDFACCED” single was unleashed breaking down the indie barriers and catapulting him into the pop stardom.
On top of that I have seen Wallpaper. live for many years now. Ricky Reed and company has one of the best live shows ever. Ricky Reed is a true performer. Whether straight up or campy, it doesn’t matter. The man gets asses going. He can sing, he can dance and like I said he can get asses going. And having seen Arjun beat the drums along with Ricky Reed many times, as a duo they do so much more than what most full bands can do these days. I still have yet to see the troop with a full band. But I’m sure I will in time.
But now let’s get going to his brand new #STUPiDFACEDD EP. (And before I continue my review, just go ahead and get it if you like to party, because frankly what I say almost doesn’t matter. It’s just the music that counts.)
Now as one of Wallpaper.’s biggest fans, I was a little surprised at the direction of some of the new songs. When “#STUPiDFACEDD” was released, the banging beats, heavy drilling bass and chorus was insane. I expected the rest of the new songs to follow suite. But quite contrary to my expectations I was delivered some of the most sugary pop tunes. He combines previous production undertakes and dashes of almost Top Forties club elements. He drops most of the autotune as well and replaces it with well, singing. But that doesn’t mean the effects haven’t totally left. Almost taking dual roles in some songs going back and forth between different singing styles and characters. An example would be in the song “Okay” which a more aggressive persona juices up the whole entire track during the verses and is accompanied by Reed’s vocal stylings.
Some newer songs such as “2 Pair A Shades” and “1234” contain a little more “pop” than what I am usually used to from Wallpaper. But the diversity doesn’t stray from the party-themes he’s usually known for. They’re fun and would turn any room into a night of sweat to skin to sweat and back to skin action. Oh yeah, if you dig these songs you’ll also love his track “Indian Summer” from a while back.
But where Wallpaper. really exceeds in his new EP are songs that come closer to his DooDooFace concoctions. “Shotgun” the track following “#STUPiDFACEDD”in my mind would have the hardest time of trying to overcome the preceding song’s awesomeness. But the song absoluetly destroys with bass that drops you so hard only to be whisked away by a chorus so catchy that you’ll be singing “hey champagning, got not plans in the morning” the moment you tilt your head back with that shot.
“Fucking Best Song Everrr” a mixture of of disjointed pop melodies, a club friendly chorus and head jerking beats fits the west coast party scene just right. Then what? “Butt2Butt” (featuring Too $hort) is just “damn.” Coming from Miami I know what “Butt2Butt” is all about. If you don’t, that’s just too bad for you. The marching drum beat will just get you staring thinking “That’s a grown ass woman with a grown ass” and then get you grinding without even realizing it. And finally “Broke Again” (featuring K Flay) the first new song I heard a few months ago live is so simple. Just another another party track that sings my current situation perfectly.
Then it is all finally ended with a Reprise of “#STUPiDFACEDD.” The song takes a complete turn and slows it down doo wop style. Who woulda thought? The man can really sing. Ricky Reed is indeed a man of many faces. And this is just a taste of what he’ll be doing to your ass to takeover the world. This new release is perfect for just leaving the world behind and enjoying yourself when it really matters.
So if you haven’t previously heard his single “T-Rex” from his T-Rex EP, you must. If you haven’t previously heard “I Got Soul, I’m So Wasted” from his DooDooFace album, you must. If you haven’t heard “#STUPiDFACEDD” from his new #STUPiDFACEDD EP, you must. And more importantly if you haven’t seen Wallpaper. live yet, you must. He’ll be coming for that ass.
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