Dedication IV – Review

Yes people we’ve finally got it after numerous pushbacks & delays. So in usual fashion Dwayne remixes the industries hottest beats with help from the likes of fellow YMCMB rappers Nicki Minaj and Birdman also with  features from J. Cole, Jeezy the snowman, and lil’ mouse. This free 15 track ep is what to be expected from Tunechi, a few hits and a few misses. Some of the instrumentals are a bit old and played out but since D4 was set for a earlier release date ill give him some slack. I’ve heard Wayne has returned to penning his lyrics but its not obvious with lines like ” his head up his ass im’a have to headbutt him “, but it is Wayne and he does have those lines where you have to run it back like “i got my draws on, sam rothstien, 44 on my waist..Rick Ross jeans” lol . My personal favorite track on the ep is Green Ranger ft. J. Cole simply because they both DESTROY it. What’s your take on DJ Dramas narration? we love feedback! btw theres a few DL links down below

Tyga- “Well Done 3”

 

So I wrote in my previous review on Casey Veggies’ Greatly Customized 3 that in order to grow as an artist you must be able to adapt your flow to the changes in the rap community, concurrently you must also be able show growth as an artist. However, I believe that Tyga may be an exception to the rule.

The 22 year old L.A. native has put together quite the career so far. His bangers “Rack City” ,”Make it Nasty” and “Faded” are in all honesty party classics. This is the 3rd installment of the Well Done mixtapes which began in 2010 with DJ Drama…Dramatic!…dramatic. In between his hit mixtapes he produced his first studio album Careless World: Rise of the Last King with another on its way in 2013.

 Yeah his tracks are not the most lyrically stimulating joints, but they fuckin bump. Let’s face it when your drunk at some house party with a less-than-marginally-attractive female grindin’ all up on your junk your not going to say to yourself, “ya know I don’t think Tyga has a refined enough lyrical game in comparison to his fame.” No, your gonna be thinkin damn this songs ill. And then your gonna ask a friend “Hey is this chick hot, I’m kinda drunk.” As a loyal, trustworthy friend it is his duty to say, “Dude she’s a dime.” That way your everyone else will remember the time your boy fucked a wale with tits.

But anyways my point is, given the setting that Tyga’s music is played in, its unimportant to have much lyrical merit. Now with that being said, the dude can fuckin rap (i.e “Heisman Part 2”). He’s fast, enthusiastic and there’s no doubt he has fucked more chicks in upscale, white collar attire than anyone in the biz…for the dumbasses reading this, I’m talking about a Pea Coat.

Most of the time when I do these reviews, I give an overall first impression of a track, and then look for a deeper subliminal message within the song. With Tyga it’s a moot point, he’s overly simplistic, and that’s it. This makes it a little more difficult to evaluate and brake down his tracks, so I feel that with Tyga the only fair way to judge his work is to put it up against his previous tracks. Ya remember what I said about growth as an artist?

 

 

 

 

#2 Do My Dance feat. 2 Chainz

As a heterosexual male its hard not to love the hook, which is overly simplistic, but I dont give a shit. I mean come on who doesn’t wanna hear some sexy chick rap “Do ma dance on yo dick, ooohhh you know you love that shit.” This is a sex anthem if I have ever heard one. It bangs in more ways than one. 2 Chainz’ verse was, by his standards, subpar, but still decent. I wish I could go further into the subliminal messages within the song, but I dont think there are any. Uhhh yeah Tyga likes pussy. He likes rapping about pussy. End of story.

 

#3 Wish

Another banging beat from Tyga. But a little more low key than most of his party jams. The song lacks creativity, which is not all that surprising. The hook is repetitive, but that’s to be expected. On a side note he drops a personal favorite line, its not even that special it just hits me in a soft spot. “I don’t need a driver cause I drive intoxicated.”……..Nicole Richie, Mel Gibson, Busta Rhymes, Lindsey Lohan…you get the point?

 

#9 King Company feat. Honey Cocaine

 

To start off I like Honey, I don’t have a ton of info on her, but from what I can tell Tyga found her on the internet and they have been working together since. She appears in both “Heisman” and “Heisman Part 2” and I liked her in both. She has a very odd voice that is in no way synonymous with you average female rapper. She actually has a similar flow to Tyga, very level, keeps pace with the beat well and has a attitude on her tracks. She opens the track reppin her Asian heritage, which she does often. Her verse is tight, pretty much what you would expect from Honey. Not enough to gain any more fame than she already has, but she keeps her rep as the best female Asian rapper in the game. LOL. Tyga caps off the second the track with a minute long verse, opening with “Fuck the World, I came and gave her a baby.” Tygas raunchiness is almost laughable, in a good way. Its hard to describe the perfect delivery of a line. That is because every rapper has his or her own unique flow and sound, so there isn’t a set way to produce the best sound for any particular line. But if there is one thing that Tyga has mastered it is just that, coming  up with the best possible way to deliver a line. The differences can be so minuet but can make or break a verse. Just the way Tyga blurts out “Fuck the world” makes the line seem better than it actually is. Every rapper in history has probably dropped that line, none do it as well as Tyga.

#9 Rachet feat. Joe Moses

“Fuckin in the house, while mama cookin.” Anyone else know that feeling? Well anyways this is my favorite song off the tape. Joe Moses provides an awesome hook/verse that shows how boss he is. Like I know I could have sat back and come up with a more articulate word that “boss.” But that is without a doubt the best way to describe,the tone of voice, lyrics and delivery over the hook. Just fuckin awesome in every way. And when he drops “Fuck a pretty bitch” I feel like most white guys can relate. C’mon now, as much as we talk about bitches as sexy and fine you know there’s that meek inner white guy in you say, “oh shes just so pretty.” Well anyways Joe Moses kills it, which would make sense considering this is actually his beat. Tyga drops lines like, “Knock the pussy out the park, Pujols.” And in Moses’ verse he drops lines like “Where the ballers at, ask me where the ballers at, hut one hut two I’m a quarterback.” So yeah Joe Moses is funny, Tyga is raw as hell, and the two of them coming together on this track makes for a fabulous single on a tape.

 

#14 Switch Lanes feat. The Game

 

So I love the idea of hookin up with The Game to do a track. The beat has that subtle “here I fuckin come” feel to it, which goes real well with The Game’s deep raspy drawl. Couple awesome line drops, but in classic Tyga form there short and precise; “I wake up, I’m fucked up”, “You aint never seen a rarri look like a safari”. The last two where punched out by the former Washington State drop out (i.e. The Game,  I think he was a shooting guard?). On paper this isn’t your classic mashup given the two rappers are very different. The Game is a classic Cali thug, with the demeanor of a lion in heat. To put it simply The Game is frightening, like even though he has bills out the mattress, I still don’t think hes beyond popin a mothafucker up in the club. This is the kinda jam you’d play on your way to a knife fight. Got it?

 

 

Overall I think that it is telling that as soon as I listened to this tape I was impress. This is mostly because most of the time that I listen to tape for the first time I am quick to overlook the little things that can make or break the tracks. I can really only think of one mixtape that I clearly enjoyed more when I first heard it, and to no ones surprise it was K.I.D.S. But I’ve listened straight through “Well Done 3” a couple times now and my opinion hasn’t changed. This just seems to be the natural progression of a rapper whole is incredibly talented when given the right beat. Diversity will probably never be a big deal to Tyga. His fans seem to love him for who he is, even though it is hard to find a diehard Tyga fan. That’s to say that he doesn’t have a ton of fans; he does. But his fans are more just passing through rather than sitting down and closely following a career.

So like I said in the opening paragraph, Tyga has a sound that he has refined to the point that he can’t get to much better. But with each new jam he reminds people exactly how good he is at that one particular thing. Here’s an analogy for ya, he’s kinda like that guy that comes off the bench to drain a three with 15 seconds on the clock, rather than the Kobe or Lebron who can dominate the game in so many different ways. Hey every team needs a J.J Reddick.

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8/10

 

Casey Veggies – “Customized Greatly 3 Review “

 

Veggies is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. The dude started releasing music at the age of 14. When I was 14 my time was spent vacillating between jerking off and thinking of ways to acquire alcohol…so yeah give this dude some props. This is obviously the third installment of the Customized Greatly series which began almost 4 years ago. Before that he contributed to the first ever OF release The Odd Future Tapes which were recorded using a laptop camera and other fairly small projects. With that being said he has also worked with higher ups in the rap game such as Chiddy Bang, Sir Michael Rocks and Mac Miller. Veggies was featured on Mac Millers “America” off of Macadelic and absolutely killed it. So with that bit of background let’s get into the music.

#3 Toe Tag

This track is a good reminder to all of his listeners that he is an Odd Future disciple. Whether he tries to or not it is clear that he has that part demonic, part hoodlum sound that is synonymous with Odd Future. As someone who prides themselves on analytical thinking and to be quite honest, being good at sounding smarter than I actually am, it is still extremely challenging to find the proper way to define OF’s sound. Like I just said, its demonic, but that’s too simple. I’ll justify my lack of intuition by saying that Odd Futures music, as a whole, is far too complex and strays from the path to such a degree that it would require an encyclopedias worth of paper to fit in all of the aspects that must be examined when trying to make sense of their music. What’s funny about this whole idea is that if I presented that last sentence to Tyler, he’d probably just tell me I’m a moron and that I should just go fist myself.

Ok, back to Veggies. So yeah lyrics like, “Eat that bone to the bristle, Cut a chick off use a chisel” show his upbringings as rapper.  Oh, and the hook is “Toe tag, body bag, kill’em with the swag” repeated four times. This track is a little all over the place. By that I mean that for most of the song your are thrown off changed of beat and pace. But I’m okay with that when it’s done the right way, like Jasper is a great example of someone who does this terribly. Jasper is also an example of why you should do too much coke. Overall Casey Veggies did a good job when attacking this complicated beat, while putting together rhymes that flow.

#6 Go Crazy

I knew I had to do a write up on this song once I heard the end of the opening hook, “I be in some Nike shit with some fresh jeans, Young boy ballin God damn I need an ESPY.” I spend every single hangover morning parked in front of my TV listening to Neil Everett and Scott Van Pelt and wishing I had 3D so I could get a better look at Erin Andrew’s flawless bod. So yeah Veggies rapping about ESPN tapped into a special part of my heart. But besides the ESPY line drop, it’s a tight song. On the outside its a chill laid back song, over an almost laughably over typical cali beat. But upon further inspection you realize this is in some ways a tribute song to L.A. To cap off his rhymes he referenced the following: The ESPY’s (the shows in L.A.), Dr. Dre, dating an actress, “The Chronic”, being an L.A. “spitta”, OC living and caps it all off by shouting out to Odd Future. It’s a chill track with more behind it that meets the eye. As I have said in every single one of my reviews, it’s nice to see some self reflection on a mixtape.

#10 PNCINLOFWKTA feat. Tyler the Creator, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats and Earl Sweatshirt

Just to get it out of the way, Peas N’ Carrots International mixed with Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.

I dreaded writing this review because I know that I would have to discuss this song. First of all I’m kinda pissed at Casey, like how the fuck am I supposed to explain the title of this song to someone who asks me about it. But anyways PNCINLOFWKTA has a classic OF beat, demonic and deliberate. And sticking with classic OF style Earl kills it.

Earl makes this beat his bitch by dropping lines like, “who rap rancid as rats acid with four and a half rations of horse laxatives down the hatch again” and “lips slurping that lit purple, my bitch circular, not giving shits like writers when its personal, disgusting as dick burping when its vertical.” And of course he drops those lines with the delivery of someone who knows what they be doin.

I didn’t love Casey’s verse. It was good, fast and tight. But I think that the rhymes could have been touched up a bit. He drops lines like “your bitch is just like a frog and she just be hoppin’ around” and “you hesitant and I’m adamant, can’t stop this, got the locksmith.” I realize those affiliated with Odd Future appear to be uninterested in having a dominant lyrical game (omit Tyler and Earl)  but there’s usually more behind the madness than meets the eyes. In Casey’s verse I really couldn’t find much beyond the mediocre one liners.

If you where excited to see Tyler the Creator as a feature, he only does the hook which was dark and stimulates the inner demon in you.

#14 Verified (Everything Official)

So I thought that since I had a good amount to say about outside issues when review the earlier songs on the mixtape I should probably take a track at face value and break it down like that. I felt that one of Casey’s biggest problem is that he seems to lack some direction when he is forced to hold down a song on his own. Manny rappers are able to put together a tight verse on a feature, but the number of rappers who can hold down their own song is much lower. Just think about all of the biggest songs of the year. All of those bangers off of Dreamchasers 2 and pretty much any track that 2 Chainz has touched in the last 8 months. All of those songs are awesome don’t get me wrong, I could sit down and listen to Dreamchasers all day everyday and still love the work. But for me the difference between a good rapper and a great rapper is having the ability to hold down a track on your own.

I can honestly say that The Slim Shady LP is the best release in the last 15 years. Why? Because Eminem said everything he needed to, nothing more, nothing less. And Did all of that with the help of one feature from Dr. Dre. It’s the best, the most complete and easily the most entertaining mixtape I own, and 98% is all Em.

Now obviously no one is expecting Casey to be Slim, but it is important to keep what I said in the previous paragraph in mind in order to properly understand what I am about to say.

Casey Veggies is not always good or even average at holding down an entire track on his own. At times he shows good flow and rhyme schemes, and at times he can be sly with a good sense of humor. But he needs a clear direction and I am not seeing that.

“Verified” is a great example of that, it’s okay, seems to have all of the things a normal rap song would have. But who wants to listen to an average rapper.

#17 Maybe I Should Go

This is an interesting move by Veggies. He caps of the tape with a slower, relaxed song. Its hard to tell exactly what he’s referring too, I guess it could simply be about fishing the mixtape, which is probably a little over dramatic considering that the tape wasn’t all that great. But for lack of a better word, it was interesting. He drops some fresh lines such as “Trying out some new things, I might just hit a blonde dykeI don’t give a damn, get it in ’til the time out, I been spitting rhymes now, finally bout to shine now.”

Okay so overall this would appear to be a pretty negative review. In some ways it is, clearly I am not the biggest Casey Veggies fan, but I respect what he does. He’s two months younger than I am and has been in the rap game for the last 4 years. To me it seems like he’s stuck trying to find his sound. Young and up an coming rappers are sometimes given a break because they have nothing to compare their work to and there is no way to chart their progress. There’s no better example of this than Mac Miller. Just so you know I’m about to verbally blow Mac so just a heads up.

Mac started off with smaller projects like “The High Life” and “The Jukebox” and proceeded to move on with “K.I.D.S” in late 2010. While his two previous mixtape where basically him discovering himself as a rapper, “K.I.D.S” was the conclusion. In other words his early projects helped him shape that rapper he was when he put together and made “K.I.D.S.” Mac would go on to release “Best Day Ever” in March of 2011 and further his image as a carefree kid just trying to make it big and have fun along the way. But Mac ran into a wall at some point in between “B.D.E” and “Blue Slide Park”, his first Album. This showed as he appeared to regress to the naked eye. I believe that it was a combination of terrible beats, Rostrums fear of letting Mac have too much control and most importantly, no one needs three straight releases of the same thing. It was clear that he needed to move on from his carefree raping style to a more mature sound. So what did he do? He grew the fuck up and dropped “Macadelic” and showcased a Mac Miller that we had never seen before and caught everyone off guard. And ya know what? I fuckin loved it, If it was possible I would fuck the shit out of Macadelic every night before I pass out. So yeah I thought it was pretty good.

Same thing happened with Weezy. Everyone got tired of hearing the same shit over and over again. This is why rappers fade out, they can’t adapt, there so focused on their current sound that they fail to develop alternatives.

I’m 2000 words in so I won’t go much further but the bottom line is that I see potential in Casey Veggies. He’s got the raw talent, but I don’t believe that he is primed for super stardom at the moment. He is still a long ways away from developing into a rapper that I personally would consider at the top of the game.  But who knows, he could turn around and drop a mixtape like “Macadelic” and have me looking like a dumbass for saying he wasn’t there yet. If Casey can add a few more weapons to his arsenal he could grow and become a great rapper. But for now he can defiantly hold down a verse, no better evidence of that than his guest appearance on America  off of  “Macadelic.” But he is far away from the top.

6.5/10

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Chevy Woods- Gangland

“We are who we are. People look at it, and watch us on screens and shit and it looks like a character to them. That’s not a character, it’s what the fuck we do. When we turn it up, we turn it up. When we high, we high. When we sad, we sad and when we mad, we mad…that’s it man.”

-Chevy Woods

So pretty much I love everything about Chevy. He’s straight dope for a number of reasons. But his path to the stardom wasn’t easy. Contrary to popular belief Chevy and Wiz weren’t high school buddies that came out of Taylor Alderdice High ready to create their own niche in the Pittsburgh rap game. Chevy’s older than Wiz and lead a much different life before he turned to rap.

Chevy is from south Pittsburgh, Hazelwood to be exact, and didn’t actually start putting out music until he finished up his short, yet eventful football career at Robert Morris University. Yep my dude was a D1 wide receiver. But after a semester of altercations with the RMU coaching staff and selling weed he returned to Pittsburgh with no job or prospects. So he did what came naturally; selling weed. Eventually Chevy saved up $400 bucks to buy a bit of hardware for the keyboard, and started to play around with the idea of being a rapper. After a couple more years of hustling and seeing his childhood friends go off to the pen one by one he stepped up his game and started to take rapping more seriously. And after running into Wiz in the studio they developed a friendship over their common obsession with marry j, and the rest is history.

Given that his time in the streets of Pittsburgh involved theft and selling by the pound he naturally gained some enemies. This is important to know because most people assume that he is exactly like Wiz, e.i carefree and lovable, when in reality he has more of a southern flow and demeanor on the mic. This is somewhat interesting considering Chevy gained significant notoriety through his work and association with Wiz, and the rest of T.G.O.D.  Wiz and Chevy’s collaboration The Cookout put Chevy on the map, that popularity increased exponentially with his featured work in “Taylor Gang”, “Reefer Party”, “Homicide” and “Nameless.”

Chevy, as I said before, has some evident southern influence. He’s more aggressive and more raw than his Rostrum counterparts. But he does mix in a couple well done melodic tracks, my favorite being “Delonte West.” But for the most part he’s raw and extremely self confident, and with Gangland under his belt, he has all the right to keep that attitude moving forward.

So now that you have a bit of a background ill break down his sound real quick and then get into Chevy’s first major release.

 

 

 

#2 Vice feat. Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J

After a slick intro Chevy gets straight to the point with “Vice.” He comes out of the gate hard hitting and leaving nothing to question. He’s hood and tells it how it is. If Chevy sees you weakness he’ll expose it. He’s has been quoted saying that battle rap is his true passion, and his first verse on “Vice” makes this fact evident. Chevy raps ” Bitch ass nigga ain’t nobody feeling that. You got a whole lot of mouth, I can kill you with a rap. That 16 in the magazine, one chain brin. Can knock as many down as I wanna, Wilt Chamberlain.”

Wiz goes on to provide a mellowed out hook that breaks up the 3 verses nicely (two from Chevy and one from Juice).

Juicy J proceeds to rap over the second set of bars. (Juice has been hanging around the Taylor Gang crew for the past couple of years and more recently has started to become a more intricate part of the crew. But here’s the thing, you know how once someone becomes wealthy they will inevitably have distant family members arrive at their doorstep to mooch off their “long lost relative” when in reality there is no shared blood? This subject actually come up in #22 Ace N Mitch. But anyways, the fact that Chevy constantly refers to Juice as his “uncle” has me wondering how the two parties got involved. My guess would be that Juice spent the last five years or so blowing all the money he made with Three 6 Mafia on coke, purple drank and hookers and then just showed up on Chevy door one day. But that’s just my theory.) It would appear that Lex Lugar made this beat specifically for Juice’s crunky chopped flow. Juice, like the boss he is throws down, “Living a trippy life, everyday I’m in the strip. We be throwing hundreds. You be throwing ones. We marinate our lean with our blunts. Call my young nigga, what the count read? Call my young nigga, bring him back to me! Call my young nigga, he got what you need!”

Overall this is an ill song. Juice’s verse was a nice addition that only helped improve the track. And when I say improve, I really mean he adds a little bit of trippyness.

#9 Ca$h feat. Juicy J and Soulja Boy

This is one of my favorite songs off Gangland for a couple reasons. One of which being that “Ca$h” is a straight up banger, I’m a sucker for bangers. In true hood spirit Chevy raps the hook, “Fuck tomorrow, we came in to spend the shit tonight, cash. Fuck tomorrow, we came in to spend the shit tonight, cash. It’s a lot of ones on the dance floor, cash. It’s a lot of ones on the dance floor, cash.” This song doesn’t have much lyrical merit, but hey look who on the beat with Chevy. But as much as I hate to say it Soulja Boy put together a nice set of bars, topping it off with ”Straight from the go, you already know. Juicy J, Chevy came in to steal your hoes. Bitch it’s not a joke, we sold up the show. If you want the money, pick it all off the floor.”

Like I said, you’re not listening to this piece for the lyrics. Your here for the effect.

#15 M’fer feat. Wiz Khalifa

M’fer is similar to Ca$h in two ways. One is the fact that it’s a banger and the other is that Wiz brings a softer flow for the hook. Chevy changes up his flow throughout the songs keeping the listener on edge, even adding a couple lethargy lines to break off a bar. Wiz’s hook is only 4 lines but brings enough swag for a whole mixtape.

#19 Lott

In a mixtape filled with top of the line bangers “Lott” is the best of them all. MME’s beat is perfectly demonic, with sweet drops that let Chevy bust out acapella lines to cap off his killer verses. This scheme allows Chevy to drop the trillest lines of the mixtape, “You see my diamonds when I’m parked, no need for PSC. I used to work out on that bench, no need for GNC, That’s hard work , hard liquor, You in the wrong place, I hope God’s with ya.” Chevy’s delivery may be the best tool in his impressive arsenal.

Being that Chevy is all alone on the track and he still was able to keep it live for the full set of bars is just an example of his talent. This is the type of song that booms out your car speakers and fills up the block. Unfortunately I don’t live on a block…it’s more like a cul de sac. But if I was a hoodrat this is what I would jam.  

#20 Delonte West

From the start this was pretty much my favorite song off the tape. Part of that is because of the title. For those of you who don’t know, Delonte West is probably the hoodest shooting guard in the NBA. He only boosted this image in 2010 when West was pulled over for a traffic violation while riding a 3-wheeled motorcycle. During this stop it was found that West had a 9mm Beretta pistol.357 Magnum and a Remington 870 in a guitar case. Basically the dude could have single handedly taken on most S.W.A.T task forces in many major cities. He was arrested and had a court appearance on November 20. West pleaded guilty to the trafficing and weapons charges and was sentenced to electronic monitoring, unsupervised probation, and 40 hours of community service as well as psychological counseling.

Oh yeah….and he fucked LeBrons mama during the 2010 NBA playoffs while he was on the Cavs. What a year for Delonte.

Alright now back to the song.

As funny as all of this is Chevy actually raps about the infamous 2010 stop as if it was him, “I know the road ain’t safe and still I choose to drive. It’s crazy baby so I don’t recommend you ride. Motorcycle, guns on it, Delonte West. Crap shooters ’round the table, please place your bets.” The song then breaks into a euphorically , synthesized voice  for the hook, “Sometimes when I look into your eyes. The hurt and pain I see. Makes me want to cry.”

Overall this song is about the his struggle in the streets. But instead of using his naturally hard, southern sound, he’s laid back and reminiscing. His life wasn’t always easy, the path he took to the top was filled with obstacles and unwanted distractions. “Delonte West” sounds as if he’s looking back on his life and his friends who are still in the trap; Chevy, happy with where he is today, but sad with the fact that so many of his boys are dead or in jail.

#23 Nothin’ Else feat. Young Jerz  

This is the perfect song to wrap up the tape. And I truly mean perfect. The only complaint that I could see coming up would be the idea that the hook has a popy feel to it, but to be honest I don’t mind at all.

The hook leads off with “I don’t know nothing else. I never did nothing darling. I don’t know nothing else. Got the hood on my back. For my partners. I keep it a hundred.” The second line “I never did nothing darling” sounds like “Another day another dollar” it sounds pretty clear and even makes more sense given the layout of the track. But every major lyrics site has the ladder line posted, so I don’t know what to make of it.

This song includes, dreams of stardom, growth as a person and a look back at his life before rap, although I doubt Chevy would put it in those words. Chevy raps,”I had some friends who ain’t think it was real. Down on my luck but they was in there. I wonder how them niggas feel. I’m eye for eye, even a kill. I learned to, I learned to bury that hate. With plans of me buyin’ that house. I wasn’t fired from it at all. I’m smart, I just had to get out. I’m all on my own. And niggas ain’t help me but think that I’m on.”

Like I said earlier this is the perfect song to wrap it up. He’s happy with where he is but knows this is his path. He’s gonna rap, he’s gonna smoke weed and he’s gonna love life.

Gangland  8.5/10

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Joey Bada$$- 1999

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Straight out of Brooklyn comes Joey Bada$$, the 17 year old dropped his highly anticipated 1999 tape on June 16th. And to be honest prior to listening to the mixtape I didn’t know what to make of his music. Sure he has confidence/cockiness needed to become a high caliber rapper (He also isn’t afraid to send shots at his elders, e.i. http://www.complex.com/music/2012/05/who-is-joey-badass/wanting-to-be-young-money). And the creativity is there, that is evident not only through his lyrics but also his music videos. He’s featured in Mac Millers America off of Macadelic, which is one of my favorite songs off of Mac’s impressive mixtapeI’ll continue more about Bada$$ and his overall skills after I break down a couple tracks for you.

#4 Survival Tactics feat. Capital STEEZ

So this is the most popular and publicized track off the tape. And for good reason, its overall a pretty fire song. Great flow, sick lines. One way that Bada$$ shows his talents is through his different flows. He can do fast, slow and everything in between.  I’ll just post the vid and let you decide the rest for yourself.

#6 Hardball feat. CJ Fly

So I’ll admit that when I first listened through this mixtape straight through the first line that got me to stop the song and go check out the lyrics came during Hardball’s hook. “One day I’m tryna have wife and kids, so I can’t just live my life like this.” I was like what the fuck, okay this is different. Joey Bada$$ isn’t even allowed to procreate with a women who’s old enough to legally drink (I’ve done extensive research on this subject for a number of reasons) and he’s talking about marriage. Rap in the most general  terms possible, is based on chronicling your experiences, and since the early 1990’s those experiences have included drinking, doing drugs, fucking excessive amounts of women and gaining material objects. Think about that and then think about the risk of discussing marriage and a family on a mixtape.

All in all this song is about the everyday struggle of the inevitable destructiveness of  the lifestyle described in countless rap songs. Yes doing all of the things that I mentioned in the paragraph above are awesome, and most rappers are able to do all of those things and still be successful. But if you have no money or prospects and are still living this way, the only way out is to actually do something to enhance your life, i.e. a family/job. Pretty fuckin rare to hear any of these issues discussed on a mixtape, and I think it worked very well.

#7 Domination

This track is a bit all over the place, but in a cleverly effective way. His words, in general, seem to mold together leaving little space for effective silence, but that makes the song. The Pinky and the Brain intro drew a laugh from me as well. Overall this song includes lines like “my studies prove that the Egyptians ain’t shit, cause I believe that we could be like Neo in the Matrix. But fuck it, I’m erratic, my mamma locked me in the attic” over cartoony MF DOOM beat.

#9 Funky Ho

“Don’t let them trap you on the tight rope, spike holes in the condom to form a zygote. Ask Quan he know, he wore a hat but it exploded twice.” Yeah so Funky Ho is a pretty chill track. I guess the best way to sum it up would be-this is him…uhhh….discussing different occasions in which women tried to impregnate themselves with his…uhhh..already expended seed…yeah that’s it. And by the way if you plan on listening to this song, stop at the 2:40 mark. I know that he’s just trying to name drop to get some street cred for his boys, but I have a limit to how many times I can hear “(your name here) leaving no hope for these hoes.” But besides that it’s a nice track.

#10 Daily Routine

At first glance Joey Basa$$ is like any of the cool kids at school: confident, and reluctant to reveal his secrets. But once the beat drops it becomes clear that he doesn’t belong, not with the cool crowd and maybe not with anyone. This songs about his view on life, his goal and his path. He recognizes the sacrifices one must make to accomplish their goals. His Daily Routine includes doing what it takes to make his and his Pro Era crews’ dreams come true. Pretty nice track, we get the softer, introspective side of JB.

Okay I would like to address one thing before I get into dissecting the mixtape further. One thing that I don’t really care for is when rappers incorporate their hatred for the government or capitalism into their lyrics. Like here’s the deal, I understand why a rapper would want to do this. There’s so many young people, some of which are intelligent and some that just don’t know what they’re talking about, that are against government and against our nations capitalistic policies. Everyone is entailed to their opinion and it’s our nations most highly regarded policy to let those opinions be shared. Freedom of speech. It’s what makes America, well America. So with that being said it is by all means Joey Bada$$ has the right to say whatever he chooses. But here’s the thing for every Joey Bada$$ out there bashing their countries government, there’s 10 million in North Korea who aren’t allowed to say “boo” without being sent to a work camp for a decade. There’s another 100 million in Africa that are left without food, water and any means of success, all because their governments greed. So Joey, keep saying whatever it is you would like. But keep in mind the fact that your success as a rapper has only been enabled through of the values the United States.

So with all of that being said I think it’s important to remember that this kid is 17 years old. What where you doing when you where 17? Or better yet what was A$AP or Schoolboy Q or Meek doing  when they where that age? The kids a pure rapper, not necessary in terms of having killer lines, but the flow is there and he has the rare talent of being able to bend words in a way that keeps the beat. It’s something that you hear all the time when talking about Eminem. So given that he already has that natural ability, some refinement to his lyrical game and to some of his production could take him to the next level.

 

This kid is good now…But I could see him developing into one of the all time greats

7.5/10

Questions or comments below or @amckeon32

Dom Kennedy’s Yellow Album

Dom Kennedy Yellow Album

The 27 year old Dom Kennedy’s 2nd major release comes in the form of Yellow Album, a mixtape that screams “I’m from L.A.” , but in a very different way than his current L.A. based peers. He’s not Tyga, YG, Hopsin or Kendrick, though we do see an appearance from Kendrick on #3 We ball. With that being said, he has the kind of flow that is not too concerned with intricate lyrics or crafty bars. This isn’t a knock on DK, it’s just his style. If anything he’s closer to Ice Cube than anyone else coming out of L.A. at the moment. Yellow Album showcases a good line up of guest appearances, including Ricky Rozay, Freddie Gibbs and Kendrick Lamar.  So with all of that being said let’s check out the tape. Oh, wait…if Freddie Gibbs didn’t ring  a bell stop reading and go listen to “Mexicans with Guns” feat. Freddie and Bun B…Ok now you may proceed.

#3 We Ball feat. Kendrick Lamar

DK opens up the track with a sputtering vers’ chronicling his crews swagger and his connections as he has made guest appearances with moguls such as Big Sean, J Cole, Juicy J, YG, Cassie Veggies and Currency. He covers the fairly simple beat with short bursts of non-descript yet powerfully delivered adjectives. As always Kendrick’s verse was, as would be expected, more decorated. Kendrick raps “What happened yesterday baby girl fix your mood
Cause I don’t like my head with some attitude
.” Finding out who did the outro verse  made me laugh out loud, but Rick Flair wrapped it up on a awesomely aggressive note.

#4 My Type of Party

This is probably the most celebrated song off the mixtape as he dropped the music video about a month ago. I don’t share the public’s opinion; I don’t love the track. It’s not bad, but I just feel that more could have been done with DJ Dahi’s beat. It’s one of the more polished set of bars on the tape. In short his idea of a party includes your standard rapper’s list of tools of belligerence. In the end I think that I just find the track too repetitive for the amount of attention it received.

#5 Girls on Stage

This is probably my second favorite song from the tape, mostly because we get a chance to see DK’s slick sense of humor. He delivers his lines with the sly attitude of someone who knows his status is the main reason for his success with women. Yes indeed this is “The thick girl anthem.”

#10 Lately

This is my favorite track on the mixtape, you don’t need to flex with a hard beat to show skills. In the first verse DK brings a us a little bit of his background, while rapping “Money don’t make me, you don’t wanna see a nigga pull out off safety.” He knows the money didn’t create him and that the life he lived is the one that shaped the rapper he is today. It’s always nice to see a bit of self reflection on a mixtape. But his second verse is the best on the whole tape. I won’t ruin it for you but he goes into becoming a man, the struggle of stardom while his childhood friends are still stuck without a direction. And he finishes is up with a few double tap styled lines, which he always does well. By the way the hook is perfect for the track,  including a soft voice over a gentle guitar riff.

#11 Hanging feat. Freddie Gibbs

Kennedy goes in with Freddie Gibbs on a high pitched Polyester beat. I like the beat, and have a feeling the Freddie Gibbs had some kind of influence over its production considering his background. This is one of the tighter tracks from the tape. It’s clean, well produced and Freddie Gibbs crushed it, i.e. “Never trust a bitch, that’s why I fuck with the lights on.” Both rappers had a verse apiece, and when you include the tight hook you have yourself a sweet jam.

Best of the Best- #5 Girls on Stage, #10 Lately

Worst of the Worst-#13 P H

Overall I thought Dom Kennedy did a nice job with the Yellow Album. That’s basically what it is, nice – above average, but not a mixtape that will gain an extreme amount of notoriety. He is clever and funny, and his rhymes are precise and short but lack creativity. In order to appreciate DK you have to take him for what he is. One thing that I really look for when breaking down a mixtape is some kind of stream of consciousness, a good flow that can set a mood for a polished mixtape. While you could see a hint of that in the Yellow Album, it wasn’t incredibly abundant.

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Overall 6.5/10

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Review : Dom Kennedy – the original dom kennedy

Okay so Dom dropped this tape around march last year, out of his five projects this is his latest mixtape. Doms released two studio albums since then.

So this 12 track tape isnt a 5 star project or street album, but it definatley has replay value. Dom shows why hes still relevant being around since the 90’s with records like ‘Turn me out’  DK portrays his club and party seen with all these groupies on his dick, it has a heavy west coast feel and he seems to ride the beat flawlessly with a catchy hook unbelievable confidence. Another favorite is ‘Designer Shit’ where dom slows the flow down and go hookless where he raps about his unique style and dream of getting a maybach before MMG started to take off. CDC ft. Casey Veggies and caRTter has a very amatuerish beat but the likeness of Dom and caRTer really save the song and you ultimatley find yourself head boppin. DK really shows his off versatility and lyricism on this track snappin on that west coast beat and brings you to LA, i loved the ‘Pac soundbite fit nicely now let the beat ride. The bonus track ‘When you see love’ again shows his R&B versatility , i dont know whos on the hook but its pretty entrancing and the lyrics are powerful,  the keyboards and background vocals are on point perfectly mixed.

So overall i would give this tape 7.5-8/10, there are alot of hits and only a few misses but overall its a strong tape and you can get a good feel of just who Dom Kennedy really is.

a few quotes : “Dom told her, I want some head, yo pussy useless”, “Name start with a D but I sound like a G on it”, “Real niggas made shit on wax, fu**in fruity loops”, “Don’t go between your legs before you even learn to dribble”, “just cause you got money don’t mean you got style”