Pablito’s Way


Motion Man

Confidence Download
Pablito’s Way Download
I Crack Tall One’s (Instrumental) Download
from Pablito’s Way (2006, Threshold)
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The first thing you notice when you pop in this CD is that this Motion Man guy is on some other ish-in a good way, that is. Not exactly readily recognizable outside of Cali, Motion Man has been around for more than a decade. Freestyle sessions on the influential “Wake Up Show” with Sway and King Tech (who makes a cameo bigging up MM as one of the best MCs to ever bless the show) got his name out and eventually a major label deal. When that didn’t work out he teamed up with Kutmasta Kurt in 2000 and the rest, as they say, is history. Pablito’s Way (Threshold Recording) is Paul Laster, aka Motion Man’s second solo and definitely a walk on the weirder side for those unfamiliar with Bay Area product.

With Kumasta Kurt handling all of the production, he makes sure that no two songs sound the same. The muy picante title track explodes with congas and horns lending it a Spanish feel while MM lets you know in case you hadn’t realized, that he’s doing music his way. “Crack Tall Ones” is about what it sounds like: drinking beer. Dull topic, but not when set to a sped up high-pitched vocal over nod inducing drums. It also features Bay Area rapper Mistah FAB who “Cracks bottles over heads of models” instead of drinking with them. Another standout is the frenzied “Megalo Maniac”, which boasts an Bahngra song sample, a la Truth Hurts’ “Addictive” and Motion Man’s off-kilter flow rides shotgun perfectly.

Fellow strange one Kool Keith joins MM on “Professional Experts”, where the two trade verses over an organ and what sounds like live drumming that will make you scratching your head. Other guests include Gift of Gab from Blackalicious and Bay Area legend Too Short. On the dark “Sleeping Giant”, Motion Man addresses the inevitable comparison his voice will have you make: “Artist Direct called me Black Eminem/No beef with you Marshall Mathers/Slim Shady/My awkward ass style was born early ’80s/comparing is crazy.”

Motion Man brings an animated and unique approach to rapping that proves he really does make music Pablito’s Way but that’s also what makes it sometimes hard to get. But, even if you can’t quite figure out what Motion Man is talking about, at least the beats will make you keep listening.

  1. i loved masters of illusion, motion man is just too dope, i’ve been wanting to cop this shit for ages now, i’ll get it sometime, also peep that song with dj vadim, that was also a strangely sick song

  2. i actually ran across this article as i was listening to megalomaniac by him…
    i didnt even know he dropped another. ill have to go cop that…

    if Kool Kieth could’ve laid an egg and hatched it, Motion Man wouldve come out.

    • audio1
    • April 4th, 2007

    ya Motion is too sick. The tracks he did with DJ Vadim are nuts, my faves being “Terrorist” and “Til Suns In Your Eyes”

  3. i am the terrorist terrorist terrorist terrorist, T-E-R-R-O-R-ist, man i was saying the words to that song all the time before 9/11, then i just kept sayin it in my head, plus i never heard of megalomaniac, i’m gonna have to ninja swoop on that one

  4. oh check this i just got a myspace bulletin from kool keith about motion man’s new group called the king beast with some guy named sean from hatebreed, the song i’ve heard off their myspace is pretty solid

  5. Yo! Loving these tracks so much I robbed em and put em on my own blog (and probably a few more from you boys too). This is a top quality blog, I know I can totally trust that the music you post is gonna be good!

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