Most people hate bugs. No one wants bugs in their houses, cars, or really anywhere that they are. The thing about many bugs is that it’s hard to decipher their purpose, and what positive connotations they may have. While I am among the anti-bug population, there is one specific bug that hails from Cincinnati and holds a distinct purpose and has tons of positive connotations. I’m talking about the BIG artist in hip-hop; Buggs Tha Rocka!
While that may have been an extremely cheesy introduction, I just wanted to be among the first that get to use the “bugs are bad but Buggs is good” intro, because when this guy gets extremely popular, bloggers will be using that left and right!
Now, let’s move onto talking about the rapper with the goofy name and his new album, Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet. For starters, Buggs Tha Rocka is one hell of an emcee! The guy is exceptionally talented when it comes to rhyming, and all throughout this album, he doesn’t fail to impress. What is it that makes him so talented? Well, Buggs is a very versatile rapper, and he’s a pure lyricist. His subject matter spans through all spectrums on this album, but even on tracks about cliché topics, he still has mind boggling rhymes that make every second of his verse enjoyable.
His lyrics are strong, and his delivery is above par. Along with his clever wordplay and flow, he also has a very unique style and charisma, and with a name like Buggs Tha Rocka, I’m sure that’s quite evident. Every track shows a different side of him, and let it be known that there are nineteen tracks on Scattered Thoughts, so Buggs is not short of dimensions. Though, some of the best tracks tend to be towards the front of the album simply because of the energy and tempo he uses. Additionally, there are a few features on the album, notably Tanya Morgan, Chuck Inglish, MOOD, Phoenix Aphrodite, and Piakhan. However, none of the features will blow any listeners away. They weren’t awful, nor were they great, just very average features that the album could have done without. Other than the features, there are very minimal gripes coming from me in regards to the vocal content on Scattered Thoughts.
A big attention grabber for this album is the producers credited with beats on the album. Guys such as !llmind, Hop Trax, Jake One, Sal Dali and Kill Will handle the bulk of the production and they do an outstanding job at creating beats that really match Buggs’ style. A lot of jazzy boom-bap beats, and as a whole, all the beats are very cohesive and add another aspect to the album that further improves the overall listening experience. Come to think of it, I don’t recall a bad beat on the album. Either that was the case, or Buggs just killed every beat and took the focus off the production. Whichever way, the production on Scattered Thoughts gets four out of five stars in my book.
Buggs is one of the guys that most listeners will probably be hesitant to hear, simply because at first glance, no one’s really sure what kind of rapper he’ll be. Though, on this album, he is quick to show everyone that is his own kind of rapper with many elements to his craft. He created a great piece of work, and although it could’ve gone without some of the features, Scattered Thoughts is still a really strong piece of work. A smooth listen that can get a bit jumpy in some areas, but nothing too extreme. Some strong raps and dope beats. What more do people want out of a free album? Take my advice, and get this project!
Click here to preview/download Buggs Tha Rocka “Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet”.Vinny Sciascia is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the creator of the Under-Cover Album Review Blog and has a vast knowledge on most unimportant things. From Billy Joel to OutKast, Vinny simply loves quality music. Connect with him via Twitter at