Hotbox – Boxploitation EP [Review]
Moncton, NB – Ingeniously titled, this digital-only EP from Moncton, New Brunswick producer Hotbox is loosely fashioned around the sampled dialogue of blaxploitation films (and Ice Cube) although neither the music nor the lyrics really enter into this territory. However, the singing sample on opening track “Knowledge is Wealth” does come somewhat close, and the do-what-the-fuck-you-want sentiment of “One Life to Live” would probably appeal to the protagonists of those blaxploitation films.
On the other hand, the sentiment of that song is unlikely to appeal to many parents of rebellious children. While working to finish his next full length, Hotbox released Boxploitation to tide over fans and to expose his production to emcees and labels looking for some new production talent. With everything from the boom-bap soul of “Knowledge is Wealth” to the bass-heavy synth of “Yee Haw,” from the old school sound of “Squeal Snaps,” with its horns and Soul Assassin squeals, to the jazzy noir of “Call of Duty,” Boxploitation will definitely get Hotbox more work, unfortunately leaving him less time to finish his own album.
Boxploitation also happens to expose a handful of exceptional rappers you’ve probably never heard of before, with Radar, Sampson and Heartz giving you every reason to check for them in the future. Perhaps a little short, the Boxploitation EP is still a great sampler of Hotbox’s production and the emcees with which he works.
Written by Thomas Quinlan for HipHopCanada
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