September 6th, 2006
Ray Cash is the latest Cleveland, Ohio incarnation of the street hustler. Following in the tradition of fellow Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ray Cash’s debut album, Cash on Delivery, describes the derelict reality of Cleveland living. The opening interlude is a satirical wake-up call of ‘hood atrocities. While Cash’s quick and adept flow is often reminiscent of early Andre Benjamin and Ludacris, he simultaneously gives his own unique, lyrical cadence. The opening track, “The Payback,” is a hard-hitting, driving track that seems to announce Ray Cash’s arrival, but his slight drawl is still able to rise above the beat. In “The Payback” Cash asserts, “I’m needy and so I need more than demi, plus the flow is good and plenty/ You can pick your favorite rapper innie-minnie-miney-moe/ Compared to me they tiny though, now say something.”
The album progresses through the usual hip hop subjects including sexual prowess on “Sex Appeal,” the life of a drug dealer on “Dope Game,” and racial oppression on “F*** Amerikkka.” Although the subject matter is a little mundane, cameos by Houston rap legends Bun B and Scarface help split the lyrical monotony. Much of the production of Cash on Delivery is heavily influenced by popular snap music and crunk production. The production on “The Bomb” (featuring Yummy) is an exception as it samples George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” and is more in the vein of the West Coast rap sound.
In the end, Ray Cash’s Cash on Delivery is a solid performance and commendable attempt to put Cleveland back in the middle of the hip hop music mainstream.
Posted by Fredara Mareva Hadley
Review Genre(s): Rap and Hip-Hop