Timbuktu How Huge: The Legend of Howard Huge
Published Apr 11, 2014Stranger Danger introduced this perverse pervert to the public, and the party continues with sophomore solo album How Huge, on which Timbuktu cribs from the life of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, giving the famous aviator's wooden plane the nod on the boastful "Spruce Goose" and making his obsessive compulsive behaviour the subject of "No Germs," the most biographical of the songs.
He also twists in elements of his own life, rapping about his early party life getting wasted in London, Ontario on "Stanima," while "Motel 6" describes his rise in status moving from couch surfing to hotel rooms on tour; he attributes this rise in status to his facial hair on "Mustache Famous". His side projects Swamp Thing (with Chokeules and Savilion) and Wolves (with Ghettosocks, D-Sisive, Muneshine and Bix) both stop by, the former joined by Ghettosocks to rap about genetic mutations on "Baboon Rising" and the latter to bring horrorcore braggadocio to the menacing, uptempo "Fright Wig."
Requisite appearances are also made by other members of Backburner (see posse cut "Point Break") and John Smith's verse-ending "cuckaw" on "Elephant" is a highlight, and there's a rare appearance from New Jersey rap duo Artifacts (El Da Sensei and Tame One) on the dark, rugged "It's Alive" and multiple assistance from the Herbaliser, who not only provide a groovy funk beat for "Lighten Up" but also contribute separately; Ollie Teeba closes out "Legend" with some cuts and Jake Wherry adds bass and synths to the Ghettosocks-produced "Mustache Famous."
How Huge is a great successor to Stranger Danger; it's a little weirder, sure, but both the legend and the music are bigger and better. (Droppin' Science)