Western Tink Hard To Keel Vol. 1 (2011, Mixtape)
Eight months after the release of his intriguing, oOoOO-produced “Hittin’ Corners”, the San Bernadino-to-Austin transplant, Western Tink, releases his first full-length, Hard To Keel Vol. 1.
While Tink’s flow is still decidedly a work in progress, his earnestness is without question. And yeah, that alone doesn’t always make up for pedestrian rapping ability, but when the artist also manages to crowd-source productions that effectively fuse glitchy atmospherics and classic drum breaks in a way that’s unconventional, not clinical, and, well, bang*, you make an exception and give the guy some time to develop.
*Phaseone’s twisting of Clams Casino’s based sound on “Intro M.O.E.”, Squadda B’s syrup juke of “I Should Say” or Tae Beasts’s DOOM-influenced “Twerkin’” all work because the productions are strong enough to fill in the gaps of Tink’s laconic delivery. And prometh productions of both oOoOO and Beautiful Lou slow things down to something more sinister.