By Ernest Wilkins
January 24, 2012
*** (out of four)
Rockie Fresh really isn't worried about much, folks. At least, that's what his demeanor on his new mixtape "Driving 88" would have you believe. The Chicago rapper seems to coast through the tracks produced by The Gift, who helms a majority of this release. It can be refreshing when a rapper stands alone on a project and short of guest spots from up-and-comers King Louie, Casey Veggies and Phil Ade, "Driving 88" is all Rockie everything. The tracks are catchy and it wouldn't be hard to imagine some of his choruses being sung by large audiences who may or may not have had a cocktail or three. Only grievance with the tape: I immediately loved the various references to "Back To The Future" (including film quotes), but what exactly am I supposed to be tying it all into? Minor quibble aside, this is a strong release from a local rapper who may not be for much longer.
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