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Ebony Eyez: 7 Day Cycle


Ebony Eyez: 7 Day Cycle

Label:Capitol
Format:Album
Media:CD
Release Date:2005
Genre:Hip Hop/Rap

By Al Shipley | Posted 12/7/2005

St. Louis production duo Trackboyz make fantastic beats full of scraping synths, woozy samples, and the beautiful grunt of backward kick drums. The first full-length showcase of their unique sound, J-Kwon’s 2004 debut Hood Hop, was wasted on the marble-mouthed teenager and his one hit, “Tipsy.” But their newest artist, Ebony Eyez, is a considerably more skilled female MC with a scrappy, dexterous flow. Just as St. Louis superstars Nelly and Chingy offer a sunnier Midwestern version of Dirty South rap, Ebony Eyez is a tamer variant of more aggressive female rappers from the South. Even after Eyez nails the sass and sex appeal required for a club anthem about her own ass on the single “In Ya Face,” Trina turns up on the remix like a master taking a rookie to school.

But if Ebony Eyez lacks Trina’s effortless gall, she makes up for it with an inventive perversion of the Diamond Princess’ best ideas. Scarface references are a well-worn trope of gangsta rap, but “Good Vibrations,” an ode to a dildo rather than a Beach Boys interpolation, has to be the first time in hip-hop history that the line “Say hello to my little friend” has been invoked in reference to a sex toy. Asserting that she doesn’t need a man to get her off is hardly the most confrontational example of female empowerment on 7 Day Cycle. But the underlying message of a banger like “Act Like a Bitch” might get lost amid the romantic fluff of R&B collaborations with Trey Songz and 112.

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