White rappers seem to be all the rage these days. From the mainstream kid-talking-about-kid-problems Asher Roth, to the underground revolutionist Brother Ali, the hip-hop joint has expanded. Like how Michael Jackson spurred on a racial equality for pop music, hip-hop has also diversified over the years, beginning with Beastie Boys, and probably, embarrassingly popularised by Enimem.
Witness, in question, is a white rapper.
.45 Sweetheart kicks off with Home Tonight, a cruise control hip-hop song that goes along the line of Brother Ali's "Talkin' My Shit". He adds in quick rhythm namechecks, including Limp Bizkit's "It's like that y'all". "Cheap Date", the second song off the list, keeps the mellow sips of champagne going, keeping things relaxed, but not to the point of laziness. He rambles about a girl who he thinks never kissed someone without beer goggles on.
The next song, "Said the Sunrise", opens with a more depressing tone than the rest. The champagne's still flowing, no doubt, just with a different mood. Witness goes on placidly, and it would be easy to imagine all he was rapping were thoughts of a lightly-intoxicated man in a bar.
.45 Sweetheart is short, even for an EP. Barely 15 minutes long, it certainly is far from enough to keep people stuck to it for long. What does it make up in short lengths for, though? The images he paints with his words are quite clear and precise, and his execution is just smoothed out right, but if anything, the structured sounds and beats behind the vocals heighten up the listening value to incredible amounts.
Witness and .45 Sweetheart producer MobRobb prove to be a natural pair-up, and the background music makes up the bartender that freely pours the rich liquor into the glass. "Only Children", the last song on the track list, proves to have an amazing rap flow, but is only so because of how the beats behind the song are constructed and arranged. A looped sample of a superannuated 60's song, Spanky & Our Gang's "I'd Like to Get to Know You", is inserted into "Cheap Date" and it proves to be the catalyst of the whole song.
Don't get me wrong though. Witness is a good lyricist and he executes them well. He articulates fluently and his lines wax lyrical. But it's the beats that make .45 Sweetheart extremely accessible, and the beats that ignite the words Witness raps. MobRobb and Witness make a great team, and this partnership is the highlight of the album.