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Potluck

Straight Outta Humboldt

(Suburban Noize; US: 19 Sep 2006; UK: 4 Sep 2006)

Potluck’s 2006 release, Straight Outta Humboldt, is loaded with gargantuan West Coast O.G. funk, sped-up samples, seriously catchy hooks, and—yes, of course—weed. Lots and lots of weed. And so, the Humboldt County, California team of 1Ton and UnderRated keep the chronic-related rhymes on perpetual burn. You should already know that Potluck’s label mates, the Kottonmouth Kings, have an ongoing love affair with “Mary Jane”, the likes of which I don’t even think the late, great funkster Rick James could have comprehended. Potluck’s music expresses a similar love for the herb. In “Get High”, they go behind their own song title to state the case clearly, “We don’t get high; we stay high”. With songs like “Fire”, the almost melancholy “Mary Jane” (with the Luniz), the fantastically fuzzy “Dank Alumni”, the guitar shredding “Roll Big”, and “Marijuana 101”, the album doesn’t exactly play Hide the Blunt. They are open and notorious about their smokes. If you’re patient enough, you’ll find rhymes that confront a number of interesting topics: the love-hate relationship we all have with money (“Money Makes the World Go ‘Round”), racism and the experience of being biracial (“My Life”), the uncertainty of love when you’re surrounded by materialism and greed (“Love Me”), and the comparatively more lighthearted problem of contending with ladies with insufferable egos (“U Ain’t That Fine”, featuring E-40 and Bosko, with the line, “You look like a nickel but you think you’re a dime”).

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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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