Not your run-of-the-mill hip-hop artist, X.A.B. is more about the mischief than the menace. The catchy “Bubblegum” exemplifies his funny, sexy take on male/female relations, obsessing on the sweet n’ sugary lips of his woman (despite the tongue-lashing she gives him) and what he feels when her big pink bubble goes “pop!” Though the song’s beat is basic, the artist boosts it with plenty of bips and beeps. More serious is “Growing Pains,” which rides a slurring synthesizer riff as he flows about the contradictions and frustrations that arise as we grow up. The boasting “We Don’t Feel That” treds familiar ground but its oft-repeated hook chant, a put-down of a laundry list of dislikes, is a winner.
X.A.B. - "Bubblegum" feat. She's Ryan