If you’re unfamiliar with TJ Miller, he’s an excellent standup comedian who came up in Chicago with the likes of Kumail Nanjiani, Kyle Kinane, and Matt Braunger. His best comedic attribute is his ability off the cuff, something that’s often exemplified in his many guesting opportunities on the Doug Loves Movies Podcast. He has quick comebacks anytime someone insults him, and he just generally gives off a similar vibe to Doug Benson of someone you would want to be around at all times.
Now for the less flattering paragraph…
I wasn’t a huge fan of “The Extended Play E.P.” In Miller’s defense, I don’t generally like entire albums of musical comedy. I like hearing a few songs here and there, but I simply can’t make it through an entire album without taking breaks. This was my method to approaching Miller’s album as positively as I could. I would listen to fifteen or twenty minutes of the album, take a 10 minute break, then continue.
If you’re familiar with Miller’s entire work and consider yourself a sort of “fanboy,” I’d definitely recommend giving the album a chance, as you’ll more than likely enjoy it.
Every track on the album is more than bearable in terms of production value, and on quite a few of the tracks I found myself moving along with a variety of sick beats. Miller was born and raised in Denver, and I would be willing to compare some of his tracks to fellow Coloradans 3Oh!3 in terms of production alone.
There are some solid jokes throughout the album, generally coming in the form of him stopping, rapping and presenting the punchline in more of a narrative format.My favorite joke in the album is an excellent track which is based entirely around the fact that Doug Benson is both recording the album and listening to it at the same time. Paradoxes + Stoners+ Confusion will get me every time.
In addition to the good jokes, there are some running themes throughout the album that succeed in being hilarious. Throughout the album Miller has “Rap Battles.” The battles all center around the fact that TJ is a nice guy, even when rapping, and doesn’ t really grasp the concept of Rap Battles being basically insult-centric occurrences.
The biggest problem I could point out is the inconsistency of hilarity on the album. Some tracks have few to no solid jokes, while others are one big, excellent punchline, along the lines of other successful comedic rappers. (Ex: Lonely Island)
All in all, I was a little disappointed by Miller’s Debut album. Though I completely am willing to admit that the onus may fall on me this time, as I walked in with different expectations than I should have (namely, that this was a standup album). I would not by any means advise Miller against doing comedy rap in the future, as he is clearly a multi-talented individual. I would simply say that I hope he focuses on quality over quantity in the future, putting out a few incredible tracks here and there, rather than a hit and miss album.