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Kottonmouth Kings

Cloud Nine

(Suburban Noize; US: 28 Aug 2007; UK: 15 Oct 2007)

Hip-hop’s “West Coast Stoner Clique” is back again with another set of bouncy, low ridin’ left coast tributes to bongs and boogie. The album title, Cloud Nine, should be an indication that nothing’s changed with the Kottonmouth Kings. Life, for them, ain’t been no crystal stair, but it’s a hell of a lot easier to navigate if you’ve got somethin’ to smoke and somethin’ to dance to.


While the crew puffs out the Mary Jane jams (“Controlled Substance”, “Marijuana”, “Pass It Around”, “Time to Get High’”, “Proud To Be a Stoner”), there are, fortunately, a few tracks with different agendas. After all, if you really want the most bang for your hip-hop blunt, you can always go to Redman, The Chronic, or Cypress “Hits from the Bong” Hill. Maybe that’s why the Kings included a Cypress Hill collaboration (“Ridin’ High”). Otherwise, you’ll find freaky stories from the Kottonmouth Kings’ tour bus (“City 2 City”) and sex rhymes (“Don’t Make Me Beg”), which are, you know, rather par for the course.


The tunes that resonate, lyrically, are: (1) “Think 4 Yourself”, a stern warning against becoming conditioned by media imagery and all-around lemming behavior, and (2) “One Day”, a wistful rock-influenced reflection on the beautiful but fragile state of the human condition. Longtime fans will also appreciate the rock ‘n’ roll vibe here, one of our finer examples of “rock rap” and certainly true to the Kottonmouth Kings’ ethos.

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Quentin Huff is an attorney, writer, visual artist, and professional tennis player who lives and works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, he enjoys practicing entertainment law. When he's not busy suing people or giving other people advice on how to sue people, he writes novels, short stories, poetry, screenplays, diary entries, and essays. Quentin's writing appears, or is forthcoming, in: Casa Poema, Pemmican Press, Switched-On Gutenberg, Defenestration, Poems Niederngasse, and The Ringing Ear, Cave Canem's anthology of contemporary African American poetry rooted in the South. His family owns and operates Huff Art Studio, an art gallery specializing in fine art, printing, and graphic design. Quentin loves Final Fantasy videogames, Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, his mother Earnestine, PopMatters, and all things Prince.


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