Theres something about a rapper who claims hes doing it for the have-nots that just screams Dirty South. With his last two mixtapes, 2008s stellar Goodbye America
and its follow-up Liquor Store Mascot
, PLAYBOY TRE
's self-deprecating rhymes rival the depth of Killer Mike, the creativity of Bobby Ray (with whom he tours as hype-man), and the self-awareness of Kanye West. Thing is, Tré delivers it in his own countrified voice. It reverberates throughout Mascot
on the chilling, rock-infused Remember Me, the frustrated Sideways, and the title track, on which he pretty much sums up his approach to music and life. With a heart for everyday people, he's a homegrown rebel frustrated by the powers-that-be. So he drinks a lot while cursing the status-quo. Beer in hand, rhymes in tow, the East Atlanta-reared Tré is an MC for the times. www.myspace.com/playboytre.