If this cover doesn’t look familiar, you need to step your Pen and Pixel knowledge up. Big Bear’s Doin Thangs is the Holy Grail of Pen and Pixel covers, a colorful photo shop miracle that, in the tradition of the legendary company, goes for a very literal interpretation of the name of both album and artist. The large bears notify viewers that this is the place to find Big Bear, or perhaps even a few big bears. The champagne on ice, cigars, colorful robes, and a copious supply of berries reflects that Big Bear is indeed “Doin Thangs.”
I could go on. This one’s an easy target. As such, it would be easy to assume that Doin Thangs was a pretty shitty album. Truth be told, it’s a pleasantly surprising slice of G-Funk influenced Midwestern Hip Hop (Big Bear is the only rapper I can call to mind who reps Nebraska). Big Bear’s a decent rapper using Tupac’s flow and cadence to deliver generic Thug Life lyrics (without Pac’s enthusiasm). Nothing classic, but there are a few nice standouts. Enjoy “No Lies” and “Player Hatas” and keep on doin thangs (and click the links to download).