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"Album Review"

Feb.24, 2006
Rating: 4/5
by: Takiyah Conley


From the moment I began listening to Flava Fanatic’s Debut Cd Streethop: The Recipe I couldn’t help but to search for a similar sound. At first I thought the duo reminded me a bit of the St.Lunatics but their rhymes are a little too street for that. After trying hard I had to come to the conclusion that they actually have refined their own unique flow and approach and they don’t sound like anyone else. The production on the track “Flava Feva” was unusual because of the hint of rock and roll and it made you want to hear what else was to come from the two guys. They don’t have a whole bunch of overshadowing collaborations and you really don’t miss them. T Biz and Dre Solomon are both all you really need. Flava Fanatics really worked hard to uncover every side to them while giving you the traditional street tales, club banger, and a song for the ladies. What more can you ask for?

The even more interesting thing about Flava Fanatics after listening to their entire album you can’t define where they are from. Is that a good or bad thing? I’d say it’s a rarity if anything. If I were you I would give this a try and check it out. I’d say this is worth buying.
- HipHop-Magazine.com


"Album Review"

03/13/06
rating: 3 ?uesties
by: James Smith

Ten years ago, Three Six Mafia put Tennessee on the map by becoming one of the main pioneers of what we know today as the "crunk" sound. Since then, there really hasn't been a lot of artists from that area to reach the masses. However, that may come to an end with Nashville's Flava Fanatics. Instead of following the "crunked out" trends of their predecessors, they add their own herbs and spices to Tennessee with their main (debut) four course meal, Streethop: The Recipe.
Both emcees, Dre Solomon and T-Biz, are undeniably polished with their deliveries. They definitely complement each other very well. “Keep It Moving (full of fast paced horns that’ll have your grandmother doing the jitterbug) is a prime example of their talents and what is an album that boasts the title Streethop: The Recipe without painting a picture of the streets. Songs like “Hustla’s Mentality” and “For the Ave” tell you exactly what their environments are like and what they see in their neighborhood.
Despite both the emcees’ talents, the album falls short in some places. Although the emcees bond well on the songs, it can sometimes be a bit of a task to differentiate which emcee is which. Also after the few initial tracks the subject matter becomes repetitive. Perhaps if they created new ways of presenting their stories in their songs, then the album would be a bit more interesting to listen to. The rappers may tell you about the streets and their hustling tales, but they never place in you inside of their stories. There are a few nice cuts that could surely be played in clubs as well, but too many of them end up making the well run dry. Perhaps the album should’ve been titled Clubhop: The Recipe instead.
The Flava Fanatics definitely cooked up a healthy serving with this release. However, if they approached the topics that they speak of using different perspectives then they will definitely create the ultimate piece de resistance.
- Okayplayer.com


"Album Review"

03/01/06
rating: 3.5/5
by: Brian Dukes

Flava Fanatics have a recipe for success. Taut rhyme schemes and vocal delivery plus infectious head-nod beats equals a solid foundation. And while the Fanatics have The Recipe, the question becomes one of ingredients.
The formula works on tracks like "Flava Feva," the album's opener. There's a great guitar effect here that really gives the track that grind appeal. "Blow Ya Back Out" is another track that brings the goods to the table. It's an equal mix of attitude and ability, and represents what the Flava Fanatics need to do more of.
"For The Ave" is one of my top selections on this CD. Great elements all around work to make this tune one of the standout tracks on the Recipe. It's "Cash," however, that I think displays the Fanatics at their best. It's the kind of track that belongs in the background of a movie soundtrack. It has a hustle and flow appeal about it that really works here.
With 17 tracks, Streethop: The Recipe has a great mix of styles and sounds to keep you hooked until the end. Another bonus, for me, is that the CD has only two - yes, two - skits on it. That's almost reason enough to buy it alone. I think skits don't add anything of value to a hip hop CD, and the fact that Flava Fanatics don't rely on skits to do their talking for them says a lot to me.
The only adjustments to their Recipe that I would offer are to shorten some of the track lengths. A four minute hip hop tune is fine ... but anything longer than that starts to cross the line from tight track into artistic self satisfaction. "Keep It Movin," for example, is a great track, which ends at about three minutes. However, after 30 seconds worth of silence a hidden, bonus track starts playing. Why not just add this as a separate track? Why ruin the three-minute perfection of "Keep It Movin'" with something less than perfect?
But that doesn't take anything away from the final product. It's still solid hip hop and well worth the spin.
- Up & Coming Weekly (Fayetteville, NC)


"Album Review"

Flava Fanatics
Streethop: The Recipe (Somatic Sound & Entertainment)
03/02/06
by: Thomas Martin

Nashville lives in the shadow of Atlanta when it comes to recognition of advancing hip-hop artists. Flava Fanatics have shined a light in the shadow however. Beats are an industry now. As much an industry as chorus building. Beats can be the hook, decorate the hook, or hide the hook depending on who is riding the mouse. That is the one thing that Flava Fanatics (in collaboration with Somatic Sound) have a good understanding of. Spacing and beats pull off each other and there is as much snare snap as boomy low end. Layers cascade well - nice synths, rolling Casio’s and digital strings never trip over one another.
Dre Solomon and T-Biz have similar raspy-to-rough vocal tones. The accents ring out a familiar southern urban sound with pleasing effects. Nothing vocally is stressed. Inflection slides with ease between boom and whisper. Rhymes are mostly outside and end rhymes linking together in more of a classic hip-hop style. Stories are re-runs however, the re-runs you like to watch. Plenty of domestic and love strife. Arrangement is the real winner - recording artists Flava Fanatics are positioned to gain major exposure based on the ability to not overload the song with unneeded layers.
- The Enigma (Chattanooga, TN)


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Flava Fanatics -- "Streethop: The Recipe"

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Flava Fanatics represent real hip hop, combining their own life experiences while honoring the art of lyricism. Flava Fanatics’ T-Biz and Dre Solomon have crafted a style all their own – mixing street credibility with soulful melodies and production into what they call “Streethop”. It all started in 2000, when T-Biz and Dre Solomon met through mutual friends while they were attending Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. Shortly after, they moved in with four future members of their crew, Heirborne (HB) – which they devoted four years to musically and still rep today. From HB, Dre Solomon and T-Biz went on to form Flava Fanatics.

Originally from Chicago, 25 year old T-Biz first got involved in the music business while attending TSU, where he hosted multiple radio shows and began focusing on special events planning. Soon, he was hosting his own radio show on Nashville's own Blazin’ 106.7 FM (WNPL). From there, T-Biz began working for the largest radio station in the region – 101.1 FM – The Beat Jamz (WUBT) - where he is currently their Promotions Director.

Dre Solomon, 23, splits his upbringing between Bowling Green, KY and Stamford, CT. Growing up, Dre quickly learned the ways and realities of the streets. Fortunately, Dre was able to take with him many skills – including how to reach and connect with others in the same situation. Inspired by reading the Willie Lynch letter, Dre took it upon himself to become a positive force in the hood – utilizing his own potential for the good of his people.

Recently Flava Fanatics, along with production team and indie label Somatic Sound wrapped up their highly anticipated debut, “Streethop: The Recipe”. In addition to currently supporting the album through regional touring, street team work and consistent internet and radio promotion, Flava Fanatics still manage to stay busy in the recording studio -- writing hot new tracks and working on their sophomore release on Somatic Sound Records, scheduled for late ’06. Also, check for their new mixtape with 2005’s SEA Female DJ Of The Year -- DJ Dimepiece – Core DJ member and radio personality for Cincinnati’s 100.9fm. For more information on Flava Fanatics, including tour dates and future releases, please visit www.flavafanatics.com.