The Desired Effect
If you like... Swollen Members, K-os
Lame-ass track: “Lady Gotta Place”
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“Crack a hole in your helmet, your bucket, your pail, Moka, Mad Child, Kemo, Prevail.” Terrible lyrics like these come to mind when thinking of the Swollen Members.
Because of this, Moka Only’s solo effort doesn’t exactly spur excitement. But with a guest list featuring k-os and MF Doom, as well as producers OH NO and Jaydee, an initially negative outlook becomes brighter.
Despite some great production and guest work, there’s a clear trend throughout the album: Moka Only isn’t talented. No amount of production can help the fact he doesn’t possess the lyricism or vocal range needed to sustain a full disc.
It also doesn’t help that there’s some very questionable production. The Matrix produces “Lady Gotta Place” and its attempt at hip-hop simply falls flat — Moka sounds like he’s singing in the shower.
Guest efforts aside, Moka Only is not talented enough to warrant a solo career. He just can’t compare to other rapper/singers like k-os and André 3000.