Music is My Savior How did Shawn Mims, all but unknown just six months ago, become the rap star du jour? The 25-year-old New Yorker addresses that very question… Music is My Savior How did Shawn Mims, all but unknown just six months ago, become the rap star du jour? The 25-year-old New Yorker addresses that very question… 2007-03-27 Mims Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Music Is My Savior (2007)

BIRDS ARE FLY And so is Mims, as he's happy to tell you on his debut CD
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BIRDS ARE FLY And so is Mims, as he's happy to tell you on his debut CD
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 27, 2007; Lead Performance: Mims; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

How did Shawn Mims, all but unknown just six months ago, become the rap star du jour? The 25-year-old New Yorker addresses that very question in ''This Is Why I'm Hot,'' the chartcrushing lead single from his debut Music Is My Savior, explaining repeatedly that ''I'm hot 'cause I'm fly/You ain't 'cause you not.'' Okay, so he's no Shakespeare. But the rest of the disc contains more than a few moments where Mims' quick, confident style recalls Jay-Z's mid-'90s blinged-out phase — not a bad starting point for a career. B

Originally posted Mar 21, 2007 Published in issue #927 Mar 30, 2007 Order article reprints
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