Frank Nitt’s latest release Frankie Rothstein takes you back to the real hip hop flow and compressed styled production of real Detroit music. This Detroit MC seems like he was out to pay tribute to the big homie J Dilla with this one as the production style is wide open and on point laced with a mixture of grimey bars. Here’s a recap of the album and what you can expect.
In the beginning of the album it starts off with a host on “Dank Intro” introducing the big homie Frank and gears you up for a concert like vibe for his album. This sets the mood and gets you ready for that raw lounge vibe your accustom to experiencing in Detroit. This leads right into “Classic” where Frank shares his perspective on what’s classic from the raw gritty hip-hop era. This is one of those reminiscent tracks that’ll take you to a ghetto dreamland.
Right after that lyrical track, comes my favorite track off of the entire project, “Slippin” feat. Illa J (J Dilla younger brother). Slippin easily has that nice dark open production style that J Dilla possessed and often used in many of his productions. On this track Frank goes into depth about a shorty he’s crushing on that he finally managed to bag and get down with.
“She shot me like a loaded gun / Cannot find me another one swear the God little mama on some shit yea / So I ran with it they call me Jesse Owens and her Flo Jo I’m feeling it flowing through my vains and thinking I’m in love yo.”
This quickly sets the pace for the rest of the album jumping straight into “Hit Record / Dank Skit” featuring some crazy quick bars granting much love to J Dilla and Illa J loaded with a futuristic production. Then the big homie Dank comes back in to add that Detroit Player lounge vibe to the album. Consequently running directly into “Official Supreme” which features a smooth laid back track featuring sweet vocals from Botni Applebum.
As, all great Detroit artist they always make sure to have a track that has an awesome heavy drum pattern that’ll make your 75 Chevy rattle; and on this album this is “Hey World”. This is then followed by “Money On My Mind” featuring T3 and Illa J which starts off with a great acapella flow leading to a mellow track. This is then uplifted with “Get Blowed / Dank Outro” giving fans and listeners a 420 friendly track to get blowed to. To top it all of Frank Nitt was even proper enough to make the instrumentals to his project available on his album just like any good pressed up vinyl would be in the golden ages of Detroit. Now this might not seem like a big deal but I think this is amazing considering he thought enough of the music lovers to give them access to enjoy the artistic creation of the music itself with and without the lyrics.
Overall this project is pretty solid your definitely bound to hear a lot of traditional and grimey Detroit player hip-hop music. This will leave you wanting to go back to the crates to uncover those classic J Dilla, Eminem, and Black Milk albums. So if your looking for an album that’ll give you good vibes and something good to bang in your ride this is definitely well recommended. Also be sure to give the big homie Frank Nitt and his team a s/o when you see them in the streets.
Lyricism score 7
Production score 9
Composition score 8