Pimp Tea An Urbal Remedy

PIMP-T’s 2002 debut album, Power Is Mindful Peace, was laughable at best but somehow got him positive attention from MuchMusic, MusiquePlus, and even a nomination for Best Urban Recording at the 2003 East Coast Music Association awards. Pimp Tea’s sophomore album, An Urbal Remedy, shows more growth and maturity than just a change of name. Sure, he still rocks simple lyrics that are occasionally a little sloppy, but he’s adept at making some catchy hooks that just burrow and nest in your brain. Don’t believe me? Check out both sides of the album’s first twelve-inch single, "Shake Ya Caboose” with "Super Dude (Jorun remix).” Plus his beat selection doesn’t hurt either. Aside from Halifax hip-hop legend Jorun, who improves the odd dance-rock of "Super Dude” with a remix and contributes another highlight with "Hick Hop,” Pimp Tea enlists the production services of Classified ("This Is Me”), Nevski ("Shake Ya Caboose”), and Darrow Productions ("P. Titty”). Pimp Tea likes to keep it fun and dance-ready, whether it’s rock-inflected, mixed with electronica, or just straight hip-hop, but he does get serious for a little lesson on the "Music Biz” with a densely produced beat from J-Bru. While the proper section of the album is short (ten songs and an intro), the bonus section contains a number of remixes and live versions of previously released songs, the original "Super Dude,” and a scathing Ed the Sock interlude criticising the video for "Tha PIMP-T Theme,” which shows that Pimp Tea doesn’t takes himself too seriously. The enhanced portion of the album contains a few more bonus tracks and some live performance footage. An Urbal Remedy is simple but catchy, and fully stocked. (Brockway)