Stick Martin delivers a Thrilla

The Tampa Bay stalwart goes for humor, sensitivity



(Crafty Records)

A regular performer at Frenchy's Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach, MC Stick Martin raps and sings (sorta) over his own strummed acoustic guitar and old-school turntablism. It's like nu-metal for the sun 'n' fun set. Lyrically, Martin's full-length Thrilla finds the 30-year-old alternating between brash prankster ("Fat Girls Gone Wild") and sensitive artist ("How Beautiful You Are to Me.") His attempts at humor are more miss than hit ("I'm rocking like Spock in outer space" anyone?); his flow is serviceable but not exactly harmonious. The disc numbers 23 tracks and clocks in at more than 70 minutes, making listening to it from start to finish a trying experience. 2 stars

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