Review - It's Very Stimulating

Artist: MC Paul Barman

comment

This is not a joke, though perhaps it should be and is best enjoyed as such. MC Paul Barman, 25-year-old Ivy League grad, actually convinced veteran hip-hop producer Prince Paul to hook up this EP of De La Soul-ish tracks, "It's Very Stimulating." Only the deal is Barman can't rap for shit, and his rhymes are loaded with references that would stump Dennis Miller.

While there's a bigger argument as to whether Barman's decidedly urban-oblivious perspective is the future of hip-hop or a sure sign of its demise, there's an inspired (if occasionally atonal) earnestness to the nerd's coffeehouse scribble flow. He boasts and toasts "the joy of your world is Paul Barman," while, like any rapper with an inflated ego, he lets us know he's "friggin awesome" on a cut of the same name.

But while we can enjoy his "wordplay," there's something laughably (if brilliantly) wrong about an MC who sounds like a retarded Beck making a hip-hop in-joke. Proceed with caution.

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.