A climax, is defined as the highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of something and Brooklyn-bred emcee ClimaX personifies his namesake on his latest composition ”Short and Stocky”. His conviction and sincerity for his craft are depicted within each song and easily switches between various subjects. This six track EP is filled with tales of love, life and family and will give listeners a peak into the world according to ClimaX.
Short and Stocky boasts some remarkable songs which include the Hala-X produced “That’s Life”, a track about the struggles, achievements and fun moments that define us as a people. ClimaX’s easy going flow interlocks well with the instrumentation as he takes the listener on a walk through a day in the life of the average Middle Class American. Images of rhyme ciphers, chasing girls and easy summer days are depicted in this laid back groove. His rhyme patterns are elementary but offer loads of fluidity and illustration to vibe to. The instrumental aspect of the song is solid. Booming drums and an unyielding bass groove serve as the backbone for this composition. The staccato piano loop gives the song an upbeat and airy feel and gives off pleasurable sounds that compliment ClimaX’s voice.
It’s a fact that ClimaX has undeniable talent however, he fails to impress on the overdramatic, tC produced, “Still Hot”. The song takes a jab at studio gangsters who act hard on their records but are really as soft as the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man. Though the song’s basis is strong, ClimaX sounds as if he’s trying entirely too hard to prove his point. His lyrics are on point, but his voice strains with each word making the persona that he projects implausible. Both halves of this composition (the beat and the rhymes) seem to be moving in opposite directions. The Futuristic Rock/Hip-Hop production fall short as well for it lacks depth and doesn’t compliment the artist’s voice or vision. If ClimaX could flip this song in his usual tone and have tC provide a track more suitable for ClimaX, this single would have the potential to be a great song.
As the saying goes, “Things have to get better before they get worse” and fortunately for ClimaX, things do. He bounces back with a blockbuster track that can easily be the next summer anthem. ClimaX connects with Parkside Productions and enlists help from up and coming vocalist J Furlow on the smash hit single “As Days go By”. This fun-loving single borrows bits and pieces from the theme of ABC’s hit sitcom “Family Matters”. The song’s jovial basis is having fun and enjoying life. Heads will nod and dance floors will become packed as soon as the kick drum drops on this timeless classic. There’s a load of adjectives that could describe this track and one that comes to mind is hot! ClimaX is totally in his element, consistently dropping lines of descriptive lyrical gems. J Furlow comes through with impressive vocals and brings intensity to the song’s hook. And the song wouldn’t be complete without a ClimaX borrowing the show’s most famous line “Did I do that?” This cut is radio ready and with the right promotion will be in heavy rotation on various stations.
Short and Stocky is one of those EPs that you gotta love despite any of its shortcomings. ClimaX allows for the listener to see his thoughts and dreams magically come alive before one’s eyes. His ability to create radio friendly singles (As Days Go By, I Think I’m in Love) with credible subject matter is spotless. His unique vocal and lyrical aptitude makes him an emcee unlike any other in his class. His music is enriched with the core values of humanity: love, life and family. He is an artist with an unlimited arsenal of musical talent and uses those resources to live up to his namesake.