The debut solo album from local MC/producer Frodie stands as a fairly strong offering for a first release. Frodie both makes and freaks the beats with classic pseudo-gangsta swagger, fending off foes, haters and doubters (both real and imagined) with his laidback grooves.
Frodie discovers his forte on tracks like “Driftin’ Away” (featuring Holy Fam) with a Bone Thugs in Harmony-styled double time flow that stays on point. He flexes sincere storytelling skills on “Don’t Go” (featuring Cordell and LeJit), providing anecdotal composition that could easily pass for the storytelling style utilized by West Coast rapper/singer Nate Dogg.
Unfortunately, the album rarely veers from the standard subject matter surrounding getting loot, blowing dro, bragging, boozing and cruising—themes which have already been heavily played out in the oversaturated and mediocre world of commercial rap. And while Frodie’s battle rhymes may be well spit, they employ little to no in-depth wordplay. Lastly, All I’m Gonnabe…appears to be seriously lacking in DJ cuts.
That said, there’s more good than bad, and Frodie has no trouble repping Missoula and the Northwest. It is yet to be seen, however, whether his music can look to larger contexts—breaking out of the frame of the town from which it came. (Lui Salina)