Album review: 'Treat of the Day,' by Ghettosocks

Patrick Varine

The first track on Ghettosocks' "Treat of the Day" is entitled "Rappin' for Fun," bookended by dialogue snippets from "Gremlins" and "The Goonies." It not only lives up to its title, but also sets the tone for a smooth, bouncy record.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia-based MC flows in a confident bass, dropping tongue-twisters like "Peep me with the zoom lens/I'm here to tie up some loose ends/While you lose friends like a snake lose skins" with ease.

"Dreams of Hawaiian Sophie" finds Ghettosocks in full-on retro storytelling mode, flipping Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love" into his own tale of romance; "Out for Treats" is a foul-mouthed list of favorite foods, and "Pink Lemonade" switches gears halfway through, from a smooth French horn to a heavy, brassy beat.

And if you're in the mood for a little throwback pop-rap, "Take Chains Off" works the beat from "I've Got the Power," by Snap!

With his third album, Ghettosocks has hit his stride, comfortable in a wide variety of settings and tempos. Just like its first track, "Treat of the Day" lives up to its title.

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Sussex Countian