Let’s get into it. Here’s this week’s Mixtape Madness!
Lil B, P.Y.T.
Another day, another Lil B mixtape. The twenty-seven tracks range from f**k the police anthems (“F**k The Ops”) to R&B slow tunes (“Marry Me”). B is weird and that is what makes his lengthy mixtapes worthwhile. Production from The Alchemist adds to the tape’s appeal. #THANKYOUBASEDGOD
Standout track: “F**k The Ops”
Fiend, Lil Ghetto Boy
Fiend is not “lil.” He’s got a deep-voiced delivery a la Killer Mike or Bun B, and an impressively smooth flow. It makes sense that he is signed to Jet Life Recordings. From the soulful production to his marijuana-friendly rhymes, he falls in line with Jet Life general Curren$y. Aside from its immense length–22 tracks–Lil Ghetto Boy plays like an album. This solid release hopefully is a sign that Fiend is on the come up after grinding for so long.
Standout track: “The Coolest”
Chayo Nash, Sex, Drugs & Sushi
Chayo Nash is the rap game’s Ke$ha. He’s eccentric, especially in his over-emphasized delivery. At his core, he’s frat rap, but not cliche or annoying (i.e. Chiddy Bang or NaPalm). The tape’s trap-like production couples well with his hedonistic narrative. As the tape’s title implies, it’s all about fun
Standout track: “Bass Bitch”
The Rangers, Golden
Fun fact: The Rangers popularized “jerkin.” With that said this, LA trio made an enjoyable, albeit lengthy, tape. It’s heavy on the hyphy sound (duh) but the tape also includes Auto-Tune crooners, and turned-up club bangers. The tape’s appeal fluctuates throughout but it’s good overall. Plus it has a song named “Supa Freaks”.
Standout track: “Push It”
Tayyib Ali, Keystone State Of Mind 2
“Still independent and I’m ’bout to make it happen,” rhymes Tayyib Ali on “Gone.” His tape shows why he’s so confident: Keystone State Of Mind 2 is good. The batch of beats Ali chose for this tape compliment his natural and relaxed flow. His hook game is pretty good too: peep “We Got It.” The second Keystone State of Mind is a big step forward from its two year-old prequel. It seems Ali has found his voice and can finally begin making the music that best reflects him.
Standout track: “We Got It”
Strap, All In
Strap is fun so that is what this tape is all about. He follows the same formula as other ratchet rappers: several strip club bangers and multiple turned-up tracks. He’s at his best when it comes to hooks: “All We Do Iz Ball” will become a mantra among you and your friends. Sure, everyone is on this trap-ratchet wave, and Strap does not offer much different, but he can still some dope songs.
Standout track: “All We Do Iz Ball”
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