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Spanspek Album Review: Cockamamie Jamie - Orca

Good evening folks! I was just listening to some K-Pop! It was something alright! What is life?

Anywho, our next review is a big one folks! Give it up for the sophomore release from Fresno rapper COCKAMAMIE JAMIE!
Cockamamie Jamie
Orca

Cockamamie Jamie (AKA Jamie Nelson), the cantankerous rapper with a flair for the insane, has two certified classic albums under his belt: 2013's solo debut Survivor Series and the unbeatable Argyle Pimpin' LP with Argyle Pimps cohort Boney Beezly.  The latter album in particular is considered by the Spanspek Blog to be one of the best local records ever released. It's no wonder then that expectations were high for Nelson's sophomore album. While I personally feel like nothing could top those previous releases, there is a hellava lot to love on Orca.  It is by far Nelsons most ambitious and sprawling release to date.

Orca lays out every one of the multiple personalities rattling inside Nelsons addled mind. The love struck weirdo shines bright through a haze of anesthesia on "Pretty Dental Assistant", the dreamy successor to the Argyle Pimps "Handsome".  The horror movie villian reigns supreme on honky tonk serial killer anthem "Orca". And Nelsons pro-wrestling fanatic gets his due on "Kamala," in which the rapper braves the wilds of Africa with a rogues gallery of WWF toughs in search of the long lost Kamala.  Hell, even the classic Argyle Pimps lineup makes an appearance on "Smooth Titties", where Boney Beezly and Jamie trade rhymes flawlessly over producer Engleburt's walking bass line beat.  Shits tight man.

All that said, the aspect I find most intriguing is the one which shows up most often on Nelson's personal Facebook page: that of the social provocateur, calling out racists and homophobes for their various misdeeds. Nelson takes no guff when it comes to such injustices and it shows most prominently in "Simeon". The urgent backing music (produced by Engleburt and Fresno fave Jukebawks) soundtracks the tale of a black man moving to North Dakota for a fresh start, only to end up in prison under false pretenses. Arrested by police all to eager to presume his self defense claims are bogus, Simeon suffers unjustly.  I don't know if the story is based on Nelson's real life experiences, but it's a harrowing tale nonetheless.  It's certainly not hard to believe that the experience is all too common among minority communities.

Basically folks, whichever part of Cockamamie Jamie's mind takes hold on a given track, you are guaranteed to experience something completely fresh and out of the ordinary. Few musicians nowadays are as willing to take as many chances as Nelson does.  And for that alone, Orca is a must listen.
Orca will be available May 7th, 2016 through his website and in physical form at Grizzly Fest 2016! For more information on Cockamamie Jamie, visit the following:


Thanks for reading y hay los vemos despues!

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