With no further delay here is the Mixtape Catch Up. A quick review of the notable mixtapes released between February 21st and March 8th.
CyHi The Prynce – Black Hystori Project 2/24/14
Signed to Kanye West’s Good Music Label you should be happy to know that Kanye West is the executive producer of the mixtape and it is a masterpiece. A concept masterpiece that was meant for black history month and CyHi wastes none of his time on space fillers. This is seriously the best mixtape he’s done yet since being signed to Good Music. If you are a hip-hop fan I encourage you to download this mixtape and if it’s your first dance with CyHi, well it’s a great start.
Score – 10 of 10
JR Writer – The Return Of Greatness (mixtape) – 2/23/14
The former member of the once prolific Dipset has released two studio albums and 14 mixtapes since 2003. His latest release is consistent with his battle rap style that sounds like a continuous exercise and shaping of the blade. Don’t expect catchy hooks or a wide range of subject matter. This is JR at his best arranging witty punch lines and clever metaphors with every line he spits. The production compliments his style well and he gives fans his consistent brand of music.
Score – 6.5 of 10
Snoop Dogg – That’s My Work Vol. 3 (mixtape) – 2/27/14
The latest installment of Snoop’s Mixtape series is the weakest link out of the pack. It’s not out of character it’s just little lazy compared to the last two installments. It actually should have been a Snoop Dogg and Daz album due to the fact that Daz features on almost every track. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a bad album just not as good as the last two mixtapes. It’s always good to hear that Snoop still rides with the click of rappers that he came into the game with. Features on the project include Warren G, Daz, Kurupt and Soopafly.
Score – 6 of 10
Mingos – No Label 2 (mixtape) – 2/25/14
Once again these guys have contaminated my headphones and left a bad taste in my mouth, but before I tear them apart let me acknowledge the fact that they have a buzz and are gaining steam with every release. This mixtape is already certified gold so there is obviously a core audience that completely disagrees with me when I call them trash. My problem is they have nothing to rap about and I can’t tell any of them apart. Every rapper on the Quality Control click sounds like nothing but basement noises to me and they hurt my ears. Lots of chanting about being rich and how they love being dope dealers and all they want in life is keys of cocaine and stacks of money. That’s fine if that’s what they want but do they have to remind me in a child’s “are we there yet” manner over and over for an hour. Enter at your own risk, but the production is generic and redundant and the lyrical content is non-existent. In my opinion they can stop bragging about not having a label because I couldn’t see a label even attempting to sign them with their noisy brand of imitation Rich Homie and Future sounding hooks lack of rhyming skill.
Score – 3 of 10
Uncle Murda & GMG – Ain’t Nothing Sweet (mixtape) – 2/21/14
Impressed by this “street” mixtape from this New York native. Uncle Murda gives a versatile style and sound and an overall entertaining experience. The project is up and down though. There are songs that in my opinion they could of kept to themselves but the good outweighs the bad. Appearances from Troy Ave, Maino, Raekwon and more.
Score – 7 of 10
Papoose – Cigar Society 3/5/14
This battle-tested rapper is staying busy and shedding light on the signing of his first record deal and how it was the worst decision of his career. He just gave us a mixtape about a month ago and he’s already back for more. Appearances by Cassidy, Onyx, Raekwon and Prodigy of Mobb Deep Compliment him well. The production is fair but you have to be a fan of Papoose to really respect his music. His aggressive delivery definitely sets him apart from other rappers. There are good moments on the mixtape but overall it’s just fair. Not his best work, but just enough to stay relevant and keep his core fan base interested.
Score – 6.5 of 10
Raheem Devaughn – King of Loveland 3/3/14
Radio Raheem gives us an r&b project that is filled with more covers then original songs but that is not a statement meant to discredit his brilliant voice. It rides well and is a project I recommend you at least hear. He covers songs including Wale’s Bad and Janelle Monae’s Prime Time. His versions do have original lyrics and vocal arrangements. It’s not his best work but it’s serviceable and just enough to hold off fans between projects.
Score – 7 of 10
Bizarre – Lace Blunts part 2 – 3/2/14
Eminem’s D12 group are rumored to be working on a new album and only time will tell if they can give us the same quality of music minus the late MC Proof. In the mean time Bizarre is still working and the new mixtape continues to give him a solo voice. Never to be confused with a lyrist, this of course is not the music for you if you want to hear skillful or intelligent lyrics. He’s often off beat and says things that may be disturbing to most. Anyhow Bizarre is what you what you call comedy relief. He’s had better lyrics especially when in the presence of the rest of the group. If you want my opinion he’s trying to hard on this one. The first half of the album is a terrible generic rendition of what ATL rappers would call trap music. The mixtape gets better production wise down the stretch. As for his lyrics, well he’s a terrible rapper and that’s not going to change. It features Ritz, King Gordy and Young Zee among others and they all sound super stars compared to Bizarre. Giving all of the bad feed back on Bizarre’s MC skills it’s still enough decent songs on the mixtape to at least say it’s a pinch over average. With that said you have to sit though the flaws to hear the artistry.
Score – 5 of 10
Turk – Reflamed 3/4/14
Started his career as one of the original Hot Boys along side of BG, Lil Wayne and Juvenile Turk is still working on his craft as an independent solo rapper these days. What happened to Turk you may ask? He left Cash Money with the rest of the Hot Boys group because they weren’t receiving royalties or so the rumor goes. Turk disappeared and did a bid in the penitentiary while the rest of his band members all had successful solo careers on different levels. Well Turk is back and a little too late. His made up word for an album title, his terribly average flow and need to yell out “Original Hot Boy” on every track is just not enough to stand out amongst the world of current rap artists all competing for attention. He’s not a bad rapper, but he’s not special either. He really just reminds us why he is the lesser-known rapper from the Hot Boys. He’s in the mediocre zone, a terrible place to be.
Score – 5 of 10
Chinx and French Montana – The Jack Move 3/7/14
French looks to be one of the hardest working rappers of the year through his features and mixtapes. I find myself mentioning him every week. I do believe the sole propose of this mixtape is to co-sign on Chinx as an artist but the two feed off each other nicely. It’s called The Jack Move because they are doing just that. Jacking not just beats but songs and making them their own. It’s more of the classic way of doing a mixtape. It’s has great moments as well as boring moment. Overall, A job well done could be said about many of the rappers version of covers.
Score – 6.5 of 10
That about raps it up. Look for this weeks album review.