Ready, Fire, Aim! by T. Mills (Uprising Records)
T. Mills is a Hip-Pop artist who burst onto the scene last year with his song Rich Girls, which he promoted extensively on the entire Warped Tour 2009. Judging by the mayhem heard on his debut full length Ready, Fire, Aim!, T. Mills will find himself not only all over Warped next year (maybe on a main stage), but embedded within the Ipods of many a fan. Guaranteed to inspire just as many lovers as haters, Ready, Fire, Aim! is over-the-top fun, filled with super infectious tunes that should really bring fame and notoriety to both the artist and record label. He’s “confident, not cocky”, and destined to rock your world. Reference points may be entities ranging from Ke$ha, Breathe Carolina, and even Jeffree Star, but there is no denying that T. Mills is an all-out original whose music and lyrical meanderings are infinitely recognizable.
After a brief introduction, T. Mills takes us all on a whirlwind trip through a Friday Night, where the artist offers the lyrics “I’d like to say I’m sorry to every girl I didn’t fuck” and “Every now and then I do drugs for the fuck of it.” This song definitely lets the listener know just what they’re in for, which is a view into a life of decadence and intrigue. And the party continues on…
Couldn’t Do You provides even more into the wild persona of T. Mills, showing off his rap skills to the hot electronic beats. “I do whatever I want to” is a recurring theme throughout the album. Next up is Me First, reeking of hit song potential, kind of like what would happen if Justin Timberlake had a scandalous party with a roomful of Ke$has. Good luck getting the “I wanna be with you baby, but I gotta do Me First” out of your head!
I Live High is a booty shaking tribute to a carefree life that is a sure anthem for both T. Mills and his many admirers/detractors. Following is the amazingly campy Stupid Boy, a wonderfully catchy song that sends the entire album into the stratosphere. This would be a terrific radio cut, and the video of the song is absolutely sublime! Stupid Boy would kick-start even the most lackluster of parties.
Your Favorite is sexy and sassy, featuring a seductive female co-vocal and a super trip-hop soundscape. Cure In My Cup and On are both driving with their blasting techno beats and punk-like lyrical inflections. And Purr Like A Cat is another song that should live on in infamy, a semi-biographical song about one of T. Mills earliest conquests.
Lets Ride should be played at maximum volume while driving down the highway in a mischievous mood while See Ya Later is “Broadcasting straight from Earth” the fact that you have not seen the last of T. Mills.
Ready, Fire, Aim! is quite a debut effort, containing many memorable tracks destined to make T. Mills both famous and infamous. Songs such as Stupid Boy and Me First possess the stuff that hit single legends are made off. Leave your cynicism and pre-conceptions at the door, and be prepared to lift off and party it up hard with T. Mills as your wickedly good time MC. A ride on the wild side that most listeners will want to relive time and again. Expect 2011 to be a BIG YEAR for Travis Mills and Uprising Records!
(Review by Kenneth Morton)
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