Big Shiny Nine
Label: RRE, LLC / Republic
Produced by Rick Rubin, La Futura opens with the best tune ZZ has unleashed since the D.O.R. remix of "Give It Up." Balancing the blues' no-frills earthiness and pop's adherence to novelty at all costs, "I Gotsa Get Paid" is a filthy-groove reworking of the Houston rap classic "25 Lighters" (an ode to slinging crack, of all things). The album doesn't contain another cut that's nearly as radical, yet there are several more fun jams, including the slowed-down "Tush" riffer "Consumption," a song that could be about sex or booze or drugs, or even capitalism itself when you get right down to it.