Billy the Fridge Old Fashioned

Billy the Fridge Old Fashioned
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Seattle, WA rapper Billy the Fridge has experience as an amateur wrestler (search "fat wrestler pukes") and eating contest contestant. His back-to-back wins at the Top Pot Doughnut Eating Contest in 2008 and 2009 help explain his glazed doughnut on a chain and the title of his new album. The recipe for Old Fashioned is a combination of Billy's energetic delivery of witty one liners and humorous battle raps referencing food, sex and nerdy subjects over up-tempo beats from the likes of Jake One, MTK, Sabzi and other Seattle heavy hitters. He also gets vocal features from Grynch, Ricky Pharoe and Internet sensation Andy Milonakis, but frankly, they're unnecessary, as Billy has more than enough skill and charisma to hold the listener's attention. The album is filled with hip-hop quotables, especially his ode to Capitol Hill, "Just A Bill," on which he drops lines like, "legalize it, the Mary Jane or marry gay" and "it's in my blood, period, heavy flow." He also comes up with some creative concepts. On "Forever Alone," he goes back and forth with funny lines about "the girl I want" and "the girl I get," while "Gangster Dick" applies all the gangsta rap clichés to his sex organ. Amongst all these fun songs is "Seattle Love Story," a meaningful meditation on heroin addiction impressively expressed as a boy-meets-girl love song. Surprisingly, the seriousness of the subject matter doesn't weigh down the fun of Old Fashioned. In fact, if you're looking for amusing rap with witty wordplay and banging beats, you'll find plenty of satisfaction in grabbing Old Fashioned from the Fridge. (Independent)