August 16, 2007

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Class of 3000, Music, Volume 1
LaFace/Sony Records, Aug. 14

Thankfully I’ve not been exposed to the visual aspects of this Cartoon Network series, but then again neither has most of its target audience, one would wager, being that the watered-down hip-hop, soul and High School Musical level of thought behind this clownish clatter is meant for multi-tasking with homework, eating buckets of sugar-slime cereal and, most logical of all, listening to other music. The lyrics revolve around the mindless hunger for fame, getting hosed by the Big Bad Record Exec (the rebel scum always sneak in a statement, Sony, ha ha ha ha!) and peanut butter, not necessarily in that order of importance. Outkast’s Andre 3000 voices the title character of the show (there goes the rep, huh?), so guess what, there’s a cheapskate stillborn version of “Hey Ya” used in one of the songs (“Throwdown”). Racial and age-based stereotypes are all in place as yet another generation begins a quest for genuinely good animated whimsy that always ends at those Popeye cartoons from the 1930s. DEric W. Saeger