Release Date: Oct 7, 2008
Record label: Razor & Tie
Beginning with the lyrics "Well hello again my weed smoking friends," Devin the Dude's fifth album -- and his first for the Razor & Tie label -- is more of the same; chilled out weed and women anthems with plenty of cool funk productions. Maybe that sounds like an everyday Afroman, but for the uninitiated, Devin's skills are light years ahead of the stoner-rap competition with much more clever rhymes, an irresistible slacker flow, plus a rock-solid commitment to quality control that makes every release desirable, even when it's been there, done that. As slight as they are, Landing Gear's identifying features are the softer, more polished productions along with the superstar guest appearance from Snoop Dogg who goes puff for puff with Devin on the pimp-walking highlight "I Don't Chase 'Em.
"Well, hello again my weed-smoking friends," begins Devin the Dude's fifth LP. It's always 4:20 as long as you've got your Landing Gear, and the Houstonian's Snoop-puffed flow (teamed with the Doggfather himself on "I Don't Chase 'Em") is the perfect accompaniment to any afternoon delight. Lead track "In My Draws" is sure to draw giggles from those with their "eyes red as shit," but it's Dev fumbling his way through Spanish on "El Grande Nalgas" that lifts you to cloud nine.