Album Review: Trina's Amazin'

New Times writer Esther Park wrote a profile of Trina and the activities surrounding the release of her triumphant fourth album, Amazin'. Read it here.


(Slip-N-Slide Records)

"Who is Trina?" -- that's the first thing you hear when you press play on Amazin', the fifth full-length studio album from Miami's First Lady of hip-hop. "I am Miami," she proudly speaks on self-titled track, "Amazin'". "Amazin'" is no ordinary introduction -- it's Trina's manifesto. With orchestrated strings and an epic score, "Amazin'" is the perfect setup for what's to come. So who is Trina really? The next track, "That's My Attitude," definitely will set the record straight. "Still the baddest bitch in the game, that's my attitude!" spits Trina over a heavy bounce beat produced by local bounce king, Schife.

Amazin' is definitely Trina's crossover album. With singles like "Million Dollar Girl" featuring Diddy and Keri Hilson and "Always" featuring Monica both dominating the airwaves, these two tracks have all the elements for a delicious Billboard chart-topper. Yet Trina, being Trina, still gotta represent her roots. "My Bitches" is quintessential Trina, with its quintessential Miami boom-and-bass sound, as she shows love to her bitches, her "9-to-5 mommies and her strippers, we all allergic to broke-ass niggas." And what's not quintessential Trina is the comical, dance track ironically called "White Girl" featuring Flo Rida and Git Fresh. With the hook, "Party like a White Girl," this is Trina-licious, a Black Eyed Peas spoof meets Jersey Shore.

More surprises on Trina's most ambitious "non-Trina" album are all the smooth R&B flavors like "Make Way" featuring Lyfe Jennings, "I Want It All" featuring Monica, "Showing Out" and the love song "Capricorn" featuring Shonie -- all showing a vulnerable side to this baddest bitch.

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The standout from this solid LP has to be "Currency," another sort of love song, albeit the love of money. On this grime-filled dirty gangsta track is none other the biggest South Florida gangsta rappers out there, Rick Ross and Trina's ex, Lil Wayne. Trina shows her love for "Twenties, Tens and Fives" -- stacks, not bills -- boosted by Weezy's eight bars sprinkling in an all-too-sweet message to his former lady: "Trina, what they do. I ain't seen you for a minute but when I think about my life, I thank God that you was in it." Awwwww schucks, Weezy! Didn't know you had it in ya!

And on that note, Amazin' is indeed Trina's best album to date. Modern, bold, uniquely Trina yet bravely not, Amazin' holds its ground as the baddest record out by a female hip-hop artist right now.

p.s. No auto-tune was hurt during the making of this record.

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