The Alkaholiks

Firewater is billed as the fifth and final release by the Alkaholiks, a group that has, despite issuing several good albums, never achieved critical mass outside its California fan base. You wouldn't know this from the group's music, however, since the trio — Tash, J-Ro, and producer E-Swift — rarely spend time reflecting on their careers together. For them, it's all about fun, and self-explanatory titles such as "Party Ya Ass Off" and "Drink wit Us" are typical of the album's tone. "I know what it feels like to wake up broke/And face another day with your back against the ropes," raps J-Ro on "Poverty's Paradise," a rare respite from drinking metaphors and MC beat-downs. For the most part, though, Firewater is an upbeat West Coast party record, but it isn't a memorable one. And like the best (or worst) of binges, you may have trouble remembering what happened after you've heard it.

KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Mosi Reeves
Contact: Mosi Reeves