Overall, this was a smooth track about staying positive in a dark life. I personally enjoyed it after the first listen, even though it took me a while to get used to. This does contradict the negative image that this album supposedly will have, but then again, I feel like we won't be able to fully appreciate the track until the album is released.
No...this isn't Kendrick's most lyrical track to date, but his theme stays strong, and I kind of like the direction he is going with it. The third verse was pretty great though...a lot of these lyrics did go down pretty deep. Moreover, this may some of the best singing Kendrick has ever released.
Overall, this track was dope, but I still don't think it is up to par with his good kid, m.a.a.d city work quite yet. Even though we probably can't judge it quite yet, I was expecting a bit more. Kendrick still delivered though...I'm interested in listening to his next album.
I finished this about a week and a half ago...I just haven't dropped it yet. Enjoy and stay tuned for more true music reviews!
Corty B is a rapper hailing from Rap Genius (surprise surprise!), and requested for me to review his most recent project, “Playing For Keeps”. Overall, the project sounded clean, but Corty B needs to find something that makes him unique and stand out from the crowd. Let’s begin.
Track 1) Welcome
Overall, this wasn’t a terrible track. I liked the various metaphors Corty used throughout the song. The rhyme schemes and flow that Corty used weren’t that bad, but weren’t amazing either at the same time. The piano production of the track is nice though. If I had to complain about one thing, it would be the title and purpose of the track…it seems a bit corny for me to write a song about starting a mixtape. It worked though.
Track 2) Chill
Like the previous track, “Chill” was braggadocious, which isn't terrible, but is a much played out subject matter. I preferred this beat and flow. Even though some of Corty’s rhyme schemes were weak, others were stronger than anything on the previous track.
On the contrary, there are a couple of things that I didn’t enjoy about this track. For instance, I felt like some of the lyrics were corny (“Just a nerd, I should be rapping in Klingon”), and I actually found him lying in the track (he claims he doesn’t have a manager when he really does). This was a nice track overall though.
Track 3) Bars feat. Asce Blayze
To sum it up, this track is an intense, fast-paced, and energetic banger. Both artists delivered nice verses, even though a lot of the rhyme schemes the artists used were mediocre (especially the guest feature). I really liked the mixing and mastering in this though.
However, once again, this is a braggadocious track, which is starting to become an overused subject matter. It also is kind of annoying, because Corty B is a bit too cocky for somebody who only has a limited fan base.
Track 4) Gangsta
I hate to break it to you, but this may be one of the most fake rap songs I have ever heard. Apparently the self-titled nerd deals drugs now? I have a feeling Corty just wanted to hop on to gangster rap bandwagon on this track, even though he may not have been talking truth.
On the bright side, this may be some of the best mixing and mastering on the mixtape so far. I really like the uses of panning. The production was decent but not anything special. In addition, it is a break from the braggadocious rap.
Track 5) Danger feat. Anna Oakley
First of all, I do have to say that this beat was pretty awesome…it got me moving around. I like its many layers and its trap influences. Moreover, I absolutely loved the mixing and mastering on this…especially the use of the panning feature. Corty B delivered one of his best verses so far even though some of the bars he spit felt filler (he said something about science being his favorite subject or something like that).
In my opinion, Anna Oakley, the guest feature, brought this track to a whole ‘nother level. Her fast-paced flow was impressive and aggressive without being overwhelming at the same time. Even though her lyrics weren’t that much better than Corty, I still think she renegaded him hard on this track. Oakley definitely allowed the track to stand out from the others on this tape.
Track 6) Higher
This could have easily been one of the best tracks on the mixtape just based on the first 40 seconds of the song. I really thought Corty B would make use out of the cool “Higher than the ceiling” concept. However, I was disappointed to find that he basically rapped for three minutes about smoking weed.
Just like “Gangsta”, I just have a feeling that this song isn’t exactly true. Can you picture a science loving nerd smoking marijuana? I certainly can’t. The flow in this track wasn’t anything special, and I didn’t really enjoy the mixing and mastering as much as a lot of the other tracks on the mixtape.
The aspect of the track that displeased me the most was what I stated earlier: the fact that Corty B could have made a very clever song out of the beat and hook, and basically ruined it by dropping cringe-worthy bars. That never is a good sign. At least the production wasn’t decent on this track, with a woozy and intriguing baseline.
Track 7) Crazy feat. Crown
Honestly, I liked the change of the subject matter of this track as this was a love song as opposed to the braggadocious and “gangster” raps. On the contrary, simply put, this track bored the living shit out of me for a variety of reasons.
For a start, even though Crown is a decent singer, his verse lasted way too long, in my opinion (his part had a total duration of about 2 and a half minutes). In addition, his vocals were a bit too quiet compared to the beat, and it threw me off a little.
On the positive side, I personally find Corty’s verse better than the entire first half of the entire mixtape. I really liked the storytelling that he used within it, and it flowed nicely along the heavily-synthed production. Additionally, I felt like I could relate to it more than a lot of his other verses on the mixtape.
Track 8) HolUp feat. A-Fluent
I really liked the utilization of vocal sampling within the beat of the track. The drum pattern and bass were also nice. However, both artist’s verses weren’t mastered well…they were both somewhat quiet compared to the instrumental of the song.
Both of the verses in the track were pretty much what I expected: average. In addition, I frankly had no clue what the subject matter of this was even supposed to be in the first place. This sounded a bit cleaner than a lot of the songs on the mixtape though.
Track 9) You ft. AGenius
Overall, I liked the concept of this track (Corty B is empowering his lover throughout the course of the track). In addition, he drops some of the best verses on the mixtape both rhyme scheme and storytelling wise. The mixing/mastering and the guest feature also complemented the track. I wish it was about one verse shorter though…it would be more interesting then.
Track 10) Pure Poetry
I do have to admit….the first thirty seconds of the beat was beautiful as fuck. I was pretty turnt when the drum pattern came in, as this was one of my favorite beats on the mixtape. The filter used on Corty’s vocals was also pretty dope.
Even though I can certainly relate with the subject matter of being underrated, I wouldn’t say these are bars that will help Corty B claim that he works hard. There are just too many lyrics without deep meaning and too many one-syllabic rhymes in order for him to prove it. If he is going to call his music “pure poetry”, he better back it up with evidence.
Track 11) The Vent
The first verse of this track is easily among one of the best on the mixtape, to be honest. I like the personal aspect of it that Corty added to it. Moreover, the rhyme schemes changed up a bit more and he used some more dope wordplay. However, the lyrics pretty much went downhill from there. There were multiple opportunities when he could have made the lyrics better than they were.
I like the woozy aura of the beat…it almost gives off a vibe similar to Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)”. It complemented B’s voice and mixing and mastering quite nicely.
Track 12) Outro
The first verse on this is probably the best on the entire mixtape. I loved the rhyme schemes, cold metaphors, wordplay, and flow that he used within it. However, he should have ended the song after that, as the beat got a bit boring after a while. This was a nice way to end the mixtape though.
Here are my three favorite tracks on the mixtape.
3) Pure Poetry
This track probably has the best beat on the entire mixtape…especially due to the 30-second intro. I really liked the first verse on here, even though it got a bit worse from there. It was pretty nice overall though…I liked the mixing and mastering in it too.
This fast-paced track was pretty epic, but it really picked up once Anna Oakley, the guest feature, delivered her fiery verse. Overall, I was just impressed by the energetic vibe of the track, and it is one that I can just listen to casually without analyzing the lyrics too deeply.
The first verse on this is by far the best on the mixtape, from its use of metaphors and wordplay, from its flow, to the rhyme schemes that Corty selected. Despite its long length, I found myself enjoying this track quite a bit.
Here are some suggestions I have for Corty.
Lyrics: This is easily the weakest aspect of the mixtape. For a start, use more multi-syllabic rhymes, internal rhymes, and use more wordplay. A lot of the lyrics didn’t go down deep at all and could have been written by pretty much anyone.
Flow: My suggestion for Corty B is to try and improve it. A lot of the times, his flow sounded drab and boring, and didn’t really keep my interest. Sometimes, rapping fast can help with flow, even though slow flow can work for others keep experimenting.
Production: This is easily my favorite part of the tape (besides the mixing and mastering). I would possibly try to go for more professional sounding beats, but I liked a lot the the beats that he used, despite the quality.
Overall: I loved the mixing and mastering on this tape. However, a lot of the subject matters were a bit played out, Corty’s delivery was only average, and he needs to find something that makes him a distinct artist. Why should I listen to you when I could listen to some one else?
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The producer of this track asked me to review this through Rap Genius, and I decided to follow through with the homie. I had really high hopes for it, since he claimed it was one of the best tracks coming from Rap Genius of all time, and I was disappointing for a couple of reasons.
For a start, the beat of this track sounded amateur and got very repetitive by the end of the song, especially after multiple listens. It didn't really stand out to me in any way shape or form. Even though the sampling was clean, I just wasn't quite interested with the beat. I also wanted to see more filters used throughout the course of the beat.
In terms of the rap, this is certainly not the best Mak Nikova has ever done. A lot of the rhyme schemes were one-syllabic and presumably easy to come up with, and a lot of the lyrics were pretty stereotypical and lacked originality. On the flip side, I did enjoy some of the metaphors Nikova used (such as the Garfield line), and I thought his flow wasn't terrible.
Overall, I just wasn't very impressed with the quality of the track. I didn't think it was terrible, but it frankly bored me and could have been better. I don't think neither of the artists who collaborated on it are bad, but they can certainly do a lot better than this.
As some of you may know, Meghan Trainor dropped her debut project, the The Title EP this past week. I have completed a review for it, even though I have yet to release it. However, I was certainly with the project as a whole, even though it only had four tracks.
Even though "Dear Future Husband" isn't my favorite track on the EP, I chose this as the song of the week, because you are likely to hear it on the radio very soon. It displays Trainors confidence as a girl in a developing relationship quite nicely, and is very catchy. Check out the video and lyrics below.
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The J Trauma EP is the fifth project released by Rap Genius rapper, J Trauma, who is a rapper commonly reviewed here. One of the most significant changes within this mixtape is the precense of J Trauma's new microphone. Overall, this is probably Trauma's most consistent project to date with a lot more replay value than his other projects, such as Enigma.
Track 1) “Intro”
XX/\/\E is a strong artist in many areas, but production isn’t always his best area. I didn’t really see the point of this intro, as the production on this track sounded amateur and didn’t really make that much sense. J Trauma didn’t even drop a verse…strange indeed.
Track 2) “Justin”
Overall, this was a pretty smooth track. Even though the guitar-influenced beat wasn’t anything special, Trauma delivered one of his better verses. In addition, this is his first track ever with his new microphone. I do think it is an improvement from his previous microphone, but the vocals could be mastered a bit better to make it sound studio-quality.
Track 3) “LivingForest”
This track was somewhat humorous…from Trauma’s deeper voice to the random adlibs mixed in with the production. It is almost a bit too silly for my taste though. Even the abstract instrumental sounded a bit strange and fit in with the humor of the song. On a more serious note, the rhyme schemes and mixing on this track were better than “Justin”.
Track 4) “Teenager”
"Teenager" is a nice track overall with a smooth, guitar instruemntal. It also features nice storytelling and is accurately describes life as a teenager. Once again, the mixing and mastering certainly could improve, but this is definitely more relatable than some of these other tracks.
Track 5) “FVCK TRILL”
For a start, this beat, simply put, is fucking amazing. I really like the heavy bass within it. Second of all, the mixing and mastering in this track is a lot better than the other tracks. I wouldn’t say this track has particularly great lyrics, but J Trauma’s flow was nice, and made some valid points throughout the length of the song. It was a good effort overall.
Track 6) “Absolute Zero” feat. YPH
I have to say my largest complaint about this track is that for both artists (especially YPH), the beat was way too loud, and it was a bit difficult to hear what the two rappers were saying. Trauma should have either turned up the volume of the vocals or turned down the volume of the instrumental.
From what I did hear though, both artists delivered nice verses over a chill production (did you see what I just did there?). I have had issues with YPH before, but his verse here was pretty nice. However, his flow was a bit boring.
Track 7) “Predator” feat. XX/\/\E
Whooh…this track is easily 10/10. Not even Nas can step up to the lyrical abilities that both artists provided in this song. Damn…J Trauma sung even better than Lorde right here. This track is so amazing, that I’m not even going to go into detail. Listen here.
Track 8) “MDMA”
Surprisingly, I really felt this track after a couple of listens. I liked the storytelling that Trauma used in this track along with the clever rhyme schemes utilized throughout the song. In addition, I think that Snuka D.A.$.H succeeded in creating a nice beat for Trauma (for once), even though he chopped a couple of the synths sloppily. I even liked the autotuned singing, except when it went off-key.
Track 9) “Hells Home”
Once again, Trauma successfully raps over a well-constructed, guitar-based beat. Parts of it were mixed and mastered excellently (namely the hook) while others were not. However, Trauma basically just went off and did his thing…well, obviously. In conclusion, this was a nice way to end the EP.
I’m sorry, but I honestly cannot choose my three favorite tracks for this EP. All of the tracks were at about the same level.
Lyrics: J Trauma’s lyrics were consistent on this mixtape…which is good. He still needs to expand his rhyme scheme structures though.
Flow: This is pretty good too…Trauma should probably focus on staying on beat just a little bit more. There weren’t many issues in this category too.
Production: I really felt a lot of the beats on this mixtape…I think Trauma is developing a better ear for beats. You can never be too careful though.
Overall: My biggest suggestion for Trauma is to keep working on his mixing and mastering…it will make his work sound a lot better.
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No explanation is needed for XX/\/\E anymore, honestly. Let's just get to the project. Vyvanse is easily XX's most personal and relatable project yet, which is good, despite the fact that some of its aspects felt a bit lazy. Let's begin the review.
Track 1) “Optical Illusions Part 1”
Overall, this track wasn’t bad. It was kind of a cool skit, but it didn’t really fit in with the themes of the rest of the mixtape. Yes…I do know that XX downloaded these beats from one beat tape, but he should have just removed this track completely, because it was simply just was not necessary.
Track 2) “Sorry”
This verse started out nice rhyme-scheme wise, but eventually sunk down to all one-syllabic rhymes. However, I thought it was somewhat relatable, I liked the sampling in the production of the track, and I thought that XX used filters in an appropriate manner in this track. I wish there was singing in this track though…it would elevate it to another level.
Track 3) “Vyvanse”
This is easily one of XX’s most relatable, yet depressing tracks of all time. He delivers it in a slow, somber flow that seems a bit lazy, but it kind of fit with the song’s subject matter. This may be the most personal XX has ever been, and it’s a side of him which brings a lot of emotion.
The singing on the hook wasn’t bad, but the outro of this track was somewhat cringe worthy. In addition, the production was nice, but the quality is a bit screwed up.
Track 4) “Cut” feat. J Trauma
I know I know I know I know I know I know
I think we understand that you know, XX. You could probably pass yourself off as Lil Wayne, to be honest (skip to 1:41).
I really liked the unique harmonies that XX sung on the track, and I enjoyed his part of the song. This may be the best quality I’ve ever heard J Trauma rap too…it sounds like he finally learned how to mix and master his verses. Lyrically, his verse was pretty solid, even though he delivered a monotonous flow (which he claims is deliberate). Both artists delivered nice verses though…as usual.
Track 5) “Memory Loss”
This is probably the darkest production on the mixtape, and once again, XX spits some personal bars. He drops many death references as an extended metaphor throughout the song leading up to the grand, final lyric in the entire song
When I die, no one will miss me, but that doesn't matter
It was simply a clever track overall.
Track 6) “Optical Illusions Part 2”
Once again, this was a nice break from the more serious tracks, even though it doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the mixtape. At least it is still enjoyable though. It allows you to imagine what's going on...it is vague yet definite at the same time.
Track 7) Thanks
This may not be as personal as the rest of the tracks on the tape, but I really enjoyed the production with its vocal sample and guitar melody. This song may also have the greatest XX hook of all time on it…there is just something intriguing about it. The second verse may also be the best verse on the mixtape lyrically.
Here are my three favorite tracks on the mixtape.
As the most unique track on the mixtape, both artists succeeded in delivering successful verses. XX's singing was strange yet compelling at the same time, while Trauma finally spit a monotonous yet intricately written verse. Just listen to it for yourself.
As the title track, "Vyvanse" is probably the most personal track on the mixtape. It allowed us to see into XX's mind deeper than ever (even more than "Miles" on Grown Ups). Even though the outro wasn't sung very well, XX's delivery suited the subject matter of the song.
There are a lot of factors that made me choose this as my favorite track on the tape, one of them being the awesome hook that XX sung. In addition, I really liked the guitar beat featuring a vocal sample that blended in nicely (it reminds me of Sia for some reason). Finally, I liked the verses a lot, even though they weren't as personal as some of the other ones on the tape. It was just a great way to end the EP.
Lyrics: Even though some of the rhyme schemes were a bit lazy, these are some of the most personal songs I have ever heard from XX. This is a side from him that I actually really enjoy listening to…he should keep this up.
Flow: Once again, XX’s flow felt a bit lazy on this tape, especially in songs such as the title track. I wouldn’t say it is bad, but it could be improved on.
Production: I liked a lot of the beats, even though I feel like the quality of a lot of Greaf’s beats are jacked up. I’m not sure why that is.
Overall: Keep doing what you want...just try to improve in all areas. I'm looking forward to reviewing Miles! Good work, XX!
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