by Alli Walker
Ohio Hip Hop artist releases new, much-anticpated mixtape
Sitting in my high school government class, I didn’t think
the guy quoting South Park was
someone I’d hear about after graduation, but less than a year after he put his
best foot forward, I hear Cal Scruby is now a boy genius.
On Sept. 19, Scruby released Boy Genius, which is his
second Hip Hop mixtape in less than a year. In two weeks, Boy Genius is less than a
thousand downloads from surpassing Best Foot Forward, which Scruby released
Over the 10 months since officially entering the music
scene, Scruby has taken off. While making Boy Genius, Scruby studied at Ohio
State University and played a few shows. His biggest shows included opening for
J. Cole at May’s BuckeyeThon Benefit Concert at OSU. Recently, he opened for
Machine Gun Kelley and performed at Ohio University’s 10Fest.
Along with live performances, Scruby and his team at LandSea
Media produced enough videos
to keep fans entertained while they worked on Boy Genius.
The wait for the new music was worthwhile. I was instantly blown away at the quality of
the music. It didn’t sound as if it was produced in a dorm room, but rather a
professional studio. The audio was balanced and the vocals weren’t hidden under
a blanket of bass.
As for the lyrics, Scruby uses a mix of wordplay and comedy
in his songs, and it works. His tracks follow a life of love (or rather, lovemaking), success and partying.
Although I find these themes to be a stereotype of rap, Scruby pulls off the stereotypical
rap lifestyle with ease.
Mixtape opener “Double Time” features Cincinnati’s own
DJ ETrayn. He welcomes fans to the musical journey before the song begins. The start of this
track is reminiscent of Dumbfoundead’s “Green.” This song makes me want to lean
my driver’s seat back and drive with one hand on the steering wheel while doing
50 in a 25.
What seems to be a fan favorite is “Fux With Me.” Crowds at 10Fest wore shirts donned with "I Fux With Cal Scruby." The song isn’t my personal
favorite, but I enjoy the tour of people who "fux" with Scruby and how he doesn’t
let it slow him down.
My personal favorite is the bonus track “Midwest City,”
which is a tribute to his hometown, that city where they sin two times. This closes the album and leaves me wanting
to hear more from Scruby.
Even though high school is long gone, I can’t go somewhere
without hearing about the guy who was super cereal about ManBearPig and now,
he’s super cereal about his music.
Check out Scruby on Facebook
and go here to download Boy Genius.