Shwayze

  • Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2008
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Adler's no beat master, and the tracks on Shwayze all sound like variations on thumb-strummed Jack Johnson tunes, topped with Sugar Ray-style rhymes about weed and women.
  2. Shwayze is remarkable only in how unremarkable it is.
  3. 40
    The 23-year-old Malibu rapper's debut is as shallow as a spray-on tan; it's stocked with bro'd-out, giggly rhymes about 420-filled nights and T&A aplenty over lazy, midtempo beats from producer/reality-show rocker Cisco Adler.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    33
    The pair have an MTV reality show, which only reminds us we'd probably be better off listening to one of the dudes from "I Love Money." [22/29 Aug 2008, p.125]
  5. There may be no recognition of L.A. Style, but in their blissfully ignorant, lazily monotonous sunshine grooves, Shwayze does manage to be all about the style of L.A. in 2008, creating the quintessential record for L.A. sleazeballs.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 11 out of 20
  1. MarcoP
    Dec 12, 2008
    8
    I will admit, the beats on Shwayze's first album sound a little, well, cheap. But Shwayze delievers vocally, with catchy lyrics (My name I will admit, the beats on Shwayze's first album sound a little, well, cheap. But Shwayze delievers vocally, with catchy lyrics (My name is Shwayze/ kind of like Patrick). Although I'm not sure of the amount of people that relate to them though. He may not be the greatest rapper around, but he does deliver some nice solid beats. Good start, Shwayze Full Review »
  2. JeffB.
    Dec 2, 2008
    0
    This album represents the worst that music has to offer. This rapping moron sounds like he's trying to be early Will Smith without the This album represents the worst that music has to offer. This rapping moron sounds like he's trying to be early Will Smith without the talent. Add to this some sort of brain dead stoner hippie, and you've got a recipe for instant failure. I hope another Shwayze album is never inflicted upon us. And as far as sidestream indie bullshit goes, I've actually discovered a lot of new music worth listening to through Metacritic. It's a flawed system, but it DOES work more often than not. I guess I just have taste and intelligence. Full Review »
  3. QuinnA.
    Nov 23, 2008
    9
    I liked this album, it had a really chill flow to it. I thought most of the songs really got their message through well (even though their I liked this album, it had a really chill flow to it. I thought most of the songs really got their message through well (even though their message was damn stupid) and Shwayze has an addicting essence to his voice. When mixed with the simple, catchy beats that Alder puts together, it makes for a good chill-on-the-beach album. Some tracks can be looked over, such as 'Flashlight', 'Polaroid', and 'Lost my Mind', but the good tracks overshadow the bad ones. Standouts include singles 'Buzzin' and 'Corona and Lime', and also 'James Brown is Dead', 'Roamin', 'High Together', and 'Mary Jane'. Altogether, this album is worth spending twenty bucks on, and I with the best to Shwayze and Alder, and any future music that they make. Full Review »