It was the Kanye connection--West also has an executive producer credit on the album--and the clip "Stay Up! (Viagra)" that initially drew me to 88-Keys, but I think he's more than a one-video wonder. On further investigation, I found that 88 has pretty interesting taste in samples. He uses snippets of Paul McCartney & Wings' "The Note You Never Wrote," an album track from the band's 1976 album Wings At The Speed Of Sound, on "Dirty Peaches" and the same band's "Mrs. Vanderbilt," from 1973's Band On The Run, on "Ho' Is Short For Honey." Elsewhere, 88 dips into Devo's "Come Back Jonee" on "The Friends Zone," while Sly & the Family Stone's "Mother Beautiful" is appropriately sampled on "M.I.L.F." Check out those tracks below.
As you may have noticed, West isn't the only high-profile guest on the album. Rappers Prince Paul ("Morning Wood"), Redman ("The Burning Bush"), and Kid Cudi ("Ho' Is Short For Honey") turn up, but 88 also goes outside the box by enlisting alt-rockers Shitake Monkey on "The Friends Zone," alt-urban duo J*Davey on "Dirty Peaches," and neo-soul singer Bilal on "M.I.L.F."2 Live Crew's infamous As Nasty As They Want To Be--but there are lessons to be learned here. As the title suggests, 88's protagonist Adam learns the hard way that if you play with fire, sometimes you get burned.
Check out this three-clip mockumentary on The Death Of Adam below, and let me know if you think 88-Keys is a worthy artist in his own right or does he need a little help from his friends?