Cali crew lays down the funk
Sacramento’s The CUF—it stands for California Underground Funk—layer funky bass and synth lines with clever, polysyllabic rhymes courtesy of MCs Crush, Pete, Brotha RJ, Taktics and N8 the Gr8. (Yeah, I know.) Tunes like “Flame Lit” and “We Got More” lay down lazy, almost trip-hop beats, while quicker tunes like “I’m Too Much” and “Larry Lay” channel a more energetic vibe. Samples are varied and lively, ranging from electric guitars to lounge-piano tinkling, and while nothing here could be described as groundbreaking, there is undeniable pleasure in hearing a crew rhyme with cleverness and competence. As for lyrical content, most songs are primarily concerned with how cool, def, dope, etc. the various members of the band are. That isn’t a huge surprise, either, so if you’re looking for some mindlessly fun, funky beats, this record may be for you.