With their fifth self-released CD, Third Frame thoroughly accomplish their primary musical objective – having fun and conveying that fun through their music. With a variety of musical accompaniment, ranging from rock to guitar licks which might feel comfortable to the contemporary country fan, the Indiana rappers touch on the usual topics found in hip-hop – sex, drugs, partying and finding a good time wherever it might be available. While much of Yum Yum may not be suitable for sharing with your small children or even, as the duo admit, their own grandparents, Third Frame avoid the more violent imagery which plagues some of today’s rap music.
Yum Yum’s title track is classic rap, though few songs in the form rhyme “cumulonimbus” as effectively as “Yum Yum” does. “Moon Trees” opens like the launch of a science fiction film and quickly merges Spaceballs imagery with hip-hop sensibility, an unlikely but likable incongruity. The electronic wizardry provides a surreal counterpoint to the vocal interplay of Ry Guy and Ddlux, and the production technique is revisited in the track following “Moon Trees,” the future Hoosier anthem, “Indiana Boys,” which provides distortion and techno grooves to a presumably geographic autobiography of Third Frame.
Perhaps the most memorable song on the collection is “Outta Control,” a catchy rap with a chorus that will nag in the crooks of your mind for hours after you’ve heard it, the operational definition of hit material. Invoking a techno-savvy variation on what made Tone Loc so hot a few years back, Third Frame could easily whip a crowd into a sing-a-long frenzy with “Outta Control,” providing solid evidence that Third Frame will likely catch on beyond Fort Wayne in the months to come, and Yum Yum just may be the CD to make that happen. (Michele DeVinney)