“Ratt Poison” Prod. by Foul Mouth is Bizarre’s Best EP Since “Attack of the Weirdos” (EP Review)

Detroit emcee Bizarre originally the now defunct D12 led by the late Proof surprise-releasing his 3rd EP a day in advance. Amongst the first in the crew to put out a solo effort with his 1998 debut EP Attack of the Weirdos which is a hometown classic to me, the idiotic kid followed it up 7 years later with a worthy full-length debut Hannicap Circus & has continued to put out music on his own since. However, his last couple albums He Got a Gun along with it’s sequel produced by Foul Mouth have become his most acclaimed solo material since Attack of the Weirdos & Hannicap Circus. So when Biz started teasing Ratt Poison, I didn’t expect anything to be below the mark those previous LPs had set.

“Count on Me” is a soulful boom bap opener with some jazzy undertones talking about hitting your block with 100 of his homies with dynamite powerful enough to kill J.J. Walker himself whereas “Uncle” takes a more rugged approach instrumentally talking about being homicidal & looking to air out his enemies. “Heebee Jeebeez” works in some ominous piano chords as well as more kicks & snares asking if you can feel the griminess prior to “Kodak” giving off straight up horror movie vibes with the beat talking about being a drug addict.

To officially start the encore of Ratt Poison, “Potty Mouth” gets on his disgusting shit over a dusty ass instrumental while the unhinged “G.E.D.” admits to being stupid & that he chose thuggin’ over a degree. Finally, the title track featuring Young Zee of the Outsidaz collective whom both Bizarre AND Eminem were once members of from the late 90’s to early 2000s finds the 2 over 1 last boom bap beat with these chilling piano chords woven in spitting lethal hardcore bars for a couple minutes.

Pill God in the summer of 2018 was the last time to my knowledge than I can recall Peter S. putting out an EP & I feel like that was to coincide with the 20 year anniversary of Attack of the Weirdos, which Pill God just didn’t hold a candle to in terms of quality. Ratt Poison on the other hand continues the trajectory that He Got a Gun & He Got a Gun 2 headed towards. Foul’s production is consistently raw & continues to prove as a great match for Bizarre’s improved lyricism.

Score: 8/10

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