Independent Snoball Effect, the debut LP from emcee and producer Brando, coming to NOLA via Virginia in recent years, is a 17-track collection of what you might expect from a young man whose default decade of musical impression started in the new millennium: all the fun tricks that come from studio gear being used by professionals, along with good beats and sonic hypnosis. The opening track is run-of-the-mill trash-talking we've heard since the founding fathers of hardcore rap, Ice-T and NWA, and in that sense has you waiting to get to the point and then wondering how familiar Brando actually is with a handgun and misogyny. It gets to the point right away on track 2, "Writing on the Wall," which seems to be a song about, well, his debut as an emcee. The tracks continue to fl ow, and again you aren't waiting because track 3 weaves a path for a record full of tight beats, exotic sounds possibly borrowed from movies made in the East, and great vocal delivery. Brando is a co-producer for All Work/ No Play, and is currently working on another record titled The Labor Union coming out this year. You can fi nd him on Facebook for performances and CD purchases.