BiggPatch: Golden Boy Volume 2
“I’m a brawler, boy,” Bigg Patch spits matter-of-factly on his label-repping album opener “Diamond Life,” but on the first couple of listens it sure sounded like “baller.” Either works. “It’s Frankie Baby, chairman of the board,” he shouts on the outro after flashing his princess cuts, fingering his Desert Eagle, and stubbing out his blunt. Bigg Patch is clearly not afraid to floss. How else could he get away with flipping Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz’s classic “Uptown Baby (Déjà Vu)” on “Supaugly,” claiming “If it wasn’t for the Bronx, this rap shit probably would be going on”?
It helps that his assured flow sounds good on everything from Roc-a-Fella throwback soul, sleazy G-Unit pimp tracks, minimalist Dirty South bass drops, and raw B-more club-style beats. He’ll snatch whatever works, like a Black Sheep chorus on “Don’t Front,” or Pharrell’s flow from “Drop It Like It’s Hot” on “Can’t Stop Now.” “They’ll Be” has a better whistle-while-you-work hook than Juelz Santana, even if it’s mixed higher than Patch’s verses. He’s slightly less convincing on “Sunshine”—the requisite sensitive-thug tune with an outro that sounds like it was lifted from a Thompson Twins single—but what do you expect when you spend the other 60-odd minutes bragging about being the ever-loving shit?
The beats on Golden Boy Volume 2 are as shiny as newly polished rims, radio ready, and designed for maximum impact. On “Bigg,” Debonair Samir unfurls a regal, rolling ATL video-game fanfare that works equally well for a high roller stepping into the club or a heavyweight entering the ring. Patch would probably say he was both. The drums on “Ponga La Busura Est Su Lugar” land on the one somewhere between the Neptunes, a high-school drum line, and a Stomp performance. But the real wig-flipper is “Don’t You Know,” with a jigging Middle Eastern/gypsy string loop, ring-tone blips, and staggered club drums. If at least one Bigg Patch tune isn’t lording over 92Q’s drive time by summer, it’ll be a real surprise.