Top 100 Albums of the Decade: #11 Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo
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#11 Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo
The album so nice they named it... five times? Released in 2006, Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo was the quartet's first album on Big Dada and made a huge splash on lots of radars. It was impossible to open up any hip magazine without seeing Spank Rock's poster child, Naeem Juuan's, face for awhile and there was a good reason. Mostly because there was one, very important question: Did he really just say that?
This album is incredibly, overwhelmingly sex-focused with the opening lyrics on "Backyard Betty" praising an ass-shaking competition champion over a super high-energy, pulsing beat before easing into a calmer, mid-paced track called "What It Look Like." With boyish vocals and 2 Live Crew-inspired booty bass sounds, it's a totally gyrate-worthy occasion complete with plenty eyebrow-raising moments immediately followed by the recognition that this shit is actually really good. Dirty, but good.
Spank Rock recreates the raw sexuality and uninhibitied sensuality of the Baltimore club scene that provides the same kind of aural porn as New Orlean's Bounce.
- Kristian Richards
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