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Aggro Santos - 'Saint Or Sinner'

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Fraser McAlpine | 09:59 UK time, Monday, 23 August 2010

Aggro Santos

Now some of the fuss around 'Candy' has died down, and Mr Santos has packed away his celebrity guest, it's time to take a step back and have a think about what kind of artiste this young fella is turning out to be. Is he a new Jay-Z? Could be straddle the pop world like a colossus? In years to come, will this come to be looked up as the moment when we all realised that someone special and astonishing had arrived in our midst, and therefore we should all give thanks?

Maybe if we take both of his songs side by side, we can get some understanding of what he is about, his likes and dislikes, his special skills etc. We already know he can speak more than one language, for example.

After some close examination, I can reveal that he's clearly very interested in girls, and not so bothered about things which are not girls - apart from his website, and Facebook, and raving, and drinking and having a good time. Other than that it is mainly girls. He especially likes girls who dress stylish, and people who are nice to the Irish (note: must check lyrics).

Yep. He's turning into the very thing the world needs most - Pitbull Junior.

(Here's the video. It's got girls in it.)

This is, of course, wonderful news for everyone, especially as Pitbull is clearly quite so choosy about which projects he will lend his support to. It's not like he will just appear on any old nonsense just to get his name and his face and his thoughts out to anyone who will listen, is it?

Help is at hand though. Whoever decided to resurrect the breakbeat spirit of early '90s rave music deserves a hearty handshake, and the chorus is a nice mix of sung and sampled voices, just like Black Box used to do it back in the day. And it would be untrue to say that Aggro's song works best when he doesn't appear in it, so in that respect, he still has some way to go to beat his mentor.

Plus he's actually quite good at the rapping, especially when he throws a bit of UK slang into the mix. Granted, he's no Lupe Fiasco when it comes to actually finding something to rap about, but we can't all be intellectuals. SOMEONE'S got to talk about the girls, or, like that tree in the forest, there's a chance they may cease to exist. And that would be bad.

Or Pitbull would have to do it, and that would be worse.

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(Fraser McAlpine)

Kat Stevens at The Singles Jukebox says: "I have now visited aggrosantos.com, and was not impressed at the auto-starting embedded video player, with a broken pause button so I couldn't shut the bloody thing off. Also the XHTML does not validate to W3C standards - there are countless unclosed tags, missing 'alt' attributes for images, absolutely shocking.."



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