If you try to count the number of pop culture references on the album Risky's Modern Life, you'll probably lose count, and with a name like "Risky Business", itís not hard to see why. Hailing from Columbia, SC, his explicit raps about partying down have a place to do whatever the hell they want on his second album. Starting with a short introduction, "Risky's Modern Life (A Prelude)", Risky raps about various points in his life over the theme from The Goonies.
For fans of Something Corporate, "Can't Be Around You" is almost a mashup with original Risky Business and "Hurricane". The same goes for "The United States of Risky Business", only a catchy song over "Voodoo Child" by Jimi Hendrix. Risky even goes so far as to reference Harry Potter in "Magic".
"Find Out For Yrself" goes a little on the funky side, a nice change from the same electronic beat. Risky claims he's influenced by Guns N Roses, and "Damn, Girl, You Thick (2 Thick)" is pretty evident of that. An electric guitar gets shredded underneath a more melodic tune.
If at any time you forget who you're listening to, Risky slips in his name at least one in every track. Risky's Modern Life is definitely not for everyone, but there's a certain appeal to those of us in our early 20s. As far as rappers go, Risky doesn't do anything too crazy, and is pretty blunt (pun intended) about everything. It's also worth checking out because of tracks featuring God$scrilla and Synonymous. And if you're missing old-school Eminem, you'll find yourself pledging "allegiance to the man they call Risky Biz".
Song Most Likely to Get Stuck in Your Head: "Yr "Boifriend""
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3.5 out of 5 by Freelancer Connie Redfield