I Love The 80′s
Producer/rapper Cookbook, aka Jason Soto of L.A. Symphony, shows flashes of brilliance on his debut solo effort I Love The 80′s, as on â€œElectric Youthâ€ where his flow is rubber cemented to the beat. Yet in other moments, he sounds unprofessional, and the practiced ear realizes Cookbook was a producer first. By the third track, â€œReganomics,â€ this reporter decided Cookbook was mimicking Kanye West, yet during that track Cookbook started sounding like Kanye before he got bigâ€”then he called himself just that! Like Kanye, Cookbook knows what people want. His popcorn rhymes strewn with pop-culture references over melodic beats take rap back to its house party roots (check â€œWhat’s Happening Now,â€ a Ghostbusters remake). His understanding of song structure and fan-focused style also point to a long future in the industry. Surprisingly, Cookbook is giving this â€˜80s homage away on SphereOfHipHop.com.