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While Bay Area dreamers Main Attrakionz might have amassed a canon of enough records to keep you horizontal for days on end, ‘Bossalinis & Fooliyones’ is touted as their first ‘album proper’, and in such is a far higher budget affair than its acclaimed predecessor ‘808s & Dark Grapes II’. Rather than provide the expected and emerge with a ‘cloud rap’ mission statement, Mondre MAN and Squadda B have gone back to their roots and put together a record laced with the kind of funk, sun and syrup the West Coast has always used as its calling card. From the Too $hort-isms of opener ‘Green on Sight’ to the soulful, feel-good shakes of lead single ‘Do it For the Bay’ there’s a sense that the duo have taken things to another level since their breakthrough last year, and aren’t afraid to show exactly where they’ve come from. That’s not to say they’ve abandoned the clouds altogether; the squashed woozy moods of ‘Take U There’ and ‘LFK’ are some of the best moments of the record, but for the most part ‘Bossalinis & Fooliyones’ is a celebration of all things Bay. Nothing highlights this more than ‘Superstition’, and while it features Atlanta lynchpin Gucci Mane on the verse, San Franciscan superproducer Zaytoven turns in a career high production laced with all the menace and space you’d expect from any of the Bay’s roll-call of legends. A varied and ambitious record, ‘Bossalinis & Fooliyones’ is a brave move from Main Attrakionz, and in a year where rap innovation is waning, it’s one that couldn’t be more perfectly timed. Recommended.