The Man with the Silver Tongue
The first thing people usually think of when they hear someone mention Maine is either lobster or Stephen King, but Spose is out to change that. On his latest project, The Peter Sparker Mixtape, Spose shows that his verses are as sharp as the state’s winter icicles and that his tongue moves too quickly to suffer from frostbite.
The album starts off with two of the weakest tracks when compared to the rest of the album. Don’t let this slow start hinder your opinion, though; the songs that follow do more than make up for this mediocre beginning. The third song on the album, “All R’s,” is where the party starts. Spose shows his ability as a lyricist with a song using mostly words that begin with– you guessed it– the letter “r.” This song segues into the best track on the album, “03 Altima,” by introducing the chorus in a stripped-down acoustic setting, a stark contrast to the “screwed” version that is present later on the track. “03 Altima” is Spose at his finest, emoting the everyday financial feelings of blue collar workers across the states while at the same time expressing the happiness one feels on payday.
“Bob Johnson” is a song that is difficult to explain in words. It starts out with a beat reminiscent of Eminem’s “Guilty Conscience,” but the chorus transforms into this poppy jingle for Jacuzzis. You have to hear it to truly appreciate it.
The Peter Sparker Mixtape is an album that needs to be heard in full to be appreciated. Words can try to explain his use of alliteration and consonance but without actually hearing them it’s hard to understand the control Spose has over the English language and how rapid this gentleman’s delivery actually is.