Prof is a Hip Hop artist hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is currently a part of the Rhymesayers Entertainment family. Pookie Baby (2018), released three years after his last album Liability (2015) is a return to the insane, left field mind of Prof.
The first song for the album and also the title song, Pookie Baby does a lot to start the album off strong. It has a slow but bassy beat which is quickly interrupted by Prof’s unique and wacky rhyme style. He throws you right into this song with a sweet short and catchy chorus. He then progresses to express his overly prominent sexual libido “Who are youuu? Looking so pretty, I’m like hooty hoooo, I wanna get weird if its cool with you” and “Apologies, but I have to know, What kinda kinky sh** you into though”. Overall this is a great song and sets a high bar for the rest of the album.
Andre The Giant
The second song Andre The Giant was previously released as a single prior to the release of the whole album. Its beat is a quick steel pans sound accompanied by a solid bass. Prof then comes in hard with his unique style and comes across as a true psychopath and brags about his success within Hip Hop and his city. “I run this city, might have thought I wore some cleats, uh, Ain’t ever heard someone like this up on the beat, huh?” “Moody foodies, jacuzzis is filled with boujee booties, All of this money don’t know how to count it, man” This song definitely reaches the bar that has been set.
“People tell me I’ll regret that in the morning, I’ll sleep till noon” Hearty and again bassy beat that fits well with the songs that came before it. This song portrays Prof as a man who does not care about anything when he is enjoying himself in the moment. This makes him come across as someone that doesn’t care about the consequences that may come tomorrow. Undeniably prof at his most raw.
Time Bomb is another of the songs on this album that form a trio of songs that were released as singles prior to the release of this album. It stands well by itself and follows the theme laid out so far, portraying Prof as a psychotic, successful Hip Hop artist that blatantly doesn’t care.
Send nudes expresses Prof’s sexual libido and ability to both perform highly and add some left field comedic value to his music. He repeatedly refuses to stick to just one style that becomes bland and repetitive, instead he chooses to mix up his music with comedy and varied vocal ability. Side note, this song gets weird in the last 50 seconds. It finishes with an 8-bit beat and skit-esque vocals. Normally comedic Hip Hop feels like it is trying too hard to me, but here Prof manages to pull it off.
Be Around feat. Ashley DuBose
Be around is a track that takes me right back to Prof’s Liability days and shows that he is way more than a rapper but a balanced and talented artist that can quickly switch up his style. This song also portrays Prof in a different light, it shows he has soul and isn’t just and arrogant rapper with who only cares about success. Possibly my personal favourite track on this album.
Dreamy beat that is accompanied by lyrics about weed. Honestly not much more to say, he tells some fairly funny I was high stories but I don’t feel this track adds much to this album as a whole.
I’ve Cooked Crack Before
Odd, this is an odd track. Its soulful yet also talks about issues within the Hip Hop community. He speaks about ghost writers, hoods, struggling communities and signing to labels. The more I listen to this track the more I see the message Prof is trying to send. A powerful and important track on this album and gives us Prof’s two cents on current affairs in the Hip Hop community.
No feat. Cashinova
This track took me off guard, I was not expecting a trap beat on a Prof album. I’m just happy that he didn’t go down the mumble rap route with this song. Unexpected but possibly unnecessary addition to this album as it doesn’t say anything that hasn’t been said so far in previous tracks.
Wow. Two trap beats in a row, this album just took a turn. This song is psychotic and out there even for Prof’s already high standard. I think this song increased his vocabulary by a few words as well. Brash, angry, crazy and unpredictable, considering how much this speaks to Prof’s character I don’t know why I find myself surprised. Still, as a part of this album, it fits and way more than it should.
A clever song, it speaks to people’s darkest thoughts and shows that nobody knows what people think as these parts of people are often hidden. But regardless of how much we hide the dark side of ourselves, it is still there. We are surrounded by killers and psychopaths and don’t even realise. Follows the theme of this album well, in a very vocal way.
The song that finishes our trio of singles from this album. A beautiful song that follows up well from Be Around. It speaks to Prof’s humanity and even though he may act in a rash and brutal fashion he feels remorse and thinks deeply about the consequences of those actions, even though he may hide that under his persona. I love this track and think that it was a perfect choice for a single.
Another track on this album that reminds me of the Prof that made Liability. Its soulful, sexual and strange. It is a slow song with a powerful bassline and even more powerful vocals. Decent addition to the closing section for this album.
A shoutout to the city that Prof hails from. He speaks about the personal history he has with the city he loves and how there is no city like it. This song has punchy vocals and an odd beat that just adds something special and unique to this song.
I was honestly expecting nothing less than this for his outro song, but even here Prof outshines himself. It starts off slow but Prof holds nothing back as he gives all he has and exposes his soul onto this track. It is beautiful and haunting and shows that he is truly a soulful Hip Hop artist that has more talent than rapping for 45 minutes. A perfect finish to an album.
This album, whilst it has its flaws it is an artistic mess, which is by no means a bad thing. He consistently hides surprises around every corner which makes this album an enjoyable experience and I recommend it highly. Prof shows his true colours as an artist that is constantly improving and should be watched closely in the coming years.