Freddie McGregor Comin‘ In Tough
- Words: Araya Crosskill
- Label: VP-Big Ship
The title Comin‘ In Tough makes Freddie McGregor‘s latest release sound like the offerings from a mean-mugging gangster rapper. But the roots and lover‘s rock legend, now in his 40th year in the business, is more like Common and less like The Game. Socially redemptive tunes include "Bangarang" (patois for commotion) and "Lock it Down," where Freddie frowns on bad-man-ism: "All those crazy talk dem a carry roun‘ town/Right ya now we come to lock that down." Unfortunately, a cover of The Five Stairsteps‘ "Ooh Child" misses, but link-ups with Anthony B and Morgan Heritage make up for it. Tuff, but smooth.
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