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The Anatomy of Mookie Jones's Mack

In the annals of Houston rap, there have been plenty of pimps, gangsters, players and anything in between. But few actual macks. Yes, Max Julien has been the blueprint for many a player who wondered where the hell did Lil Keke get a longhaired Samoan from, but Mookie Jones takes the entire aura of being a mack to task on his sophomore set. Released Tuesday, it's airy, it's fun and at times it's more motivational than it should let on.

Cardo and DJ Burn One turn blaxpoitation tricks behind the boards, securing enough space to let Mookie's hair essentially float over 11 tracks and 45 minutes of nothing but sleek horns and drum stabs (and even a bit of talkbox on "Elbow Out The Window" with country cousin Big Sant).

From head to toe, Mookie's instructional audio pamphlet revolves around three main topics:

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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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