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D.R.C is a verified artist that I have seen in Rap Genius before, but this is my first time checking out my music. I wasn't quite sure what to expect coming into this project, but I was certainly impressed by the professional quality of the tracks. It also had great production, mixing and mastering, and flow. However, my main issue with the mixtape is rhyme schemes which is something I'll go into further. Let's begin!
Track #1: "SkyScraper v"
"Sky Scraper V" was a bold way to begin this mixtape. However, I think D.R.C managed to pull this one off. I loved the wordplay and lyricism that went into this track. In addition, the mixing and mastering was very professional. On the flip side, a lot of the rhyme schemes seemed very basic and the hook wasn't really what a hook is supposed to be: catchy. This was definitely a strong start though.
Track #2: "W.T.B"
The best part of this track is the superb production for me...it sounds like a cross between Drake's "Forever" and Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools". At first, I didn't really enjoy the autotuned hook, but after multiple listens, I enjoyed it, even though it could have been written better. However, lyrically, this did not excite me as much as the previous track, even though there was some dope wordplay such as this.
Got money stretching to Venus
In addition, D.R.C used way too many one-syllabic rhymes and not many internals, which doesn't really appeal to me. Trust me...you don't want to be the next Soulja Boy, D.R.C Dope track though.
Track #3: "Love You" ft. L'nae
"Love You" was a pretty good track overall...it just seemed a bit wishy washy for me. L'nae has a terrific voice, but her hook honestly just bored me after a while. This is probably the best showcase of D.R.C's flow that I have heard so far though. However, this song is so wishy-washy that it could possibly be a Drake song.
Track #4: "VoiceMail Pt. 2"
I personally think that this is D.R.C's best track lyrically so far. He definitely stepped up his rhyme game and the wordplay was as intense as ever. I liked how the sample at the beginning of the song tied in with the rest of the track. I also really enjoyed the mixing and mastering of this song. Good work!
Track #5: "Summer's Mine"
Like most of the songs so far, every aspect of this track was above average. D.R.C's flow, mixing and mastering, and production. However, his fatal flaw of rhyme schemes has come back to bite him as the lack of good ones dragged the quality of the track down. I still liked it a lot though.
Track #6: "My city" ft. The Author and Skillet
“My City” wasn’t a particularly memorable track, but it did contain a good beat, excellent mixing and mastering, and good verses from all three rappers flow-wise and lyrically. However, my main issue of this tape (weak rhyme schemes) is evident as ever; all three rappers had their fair share of one-syllabic, only external rhymes.
The chopped-and screwed surprisingly sounded great, but the sung intro just seemed forced. I liked this track overall though.
Track #7: "God's KRYPTON" ft. The Author, Mylo, and LOTGAU
I really dug the smooth instrumental and the fast-paced vibe of the song itself. The singer of the hook definitely stood out as it had good lyrics and vocal delivery. D.R.C’s flow on this track is certainly one of the best ones of the first seven tracks, but it was sometimes hard to hear what he was saying.
I also felt like The Author stepped up his game in “God’s Kryptonite” as his verse in this surpassed his one on the previous track. He also renegaded D.R.C in this one (sorry!)
Track #8: "Catch Me While I'm Young/Niggas in China" ft. Mylo
The first thing I would like to discuss the instrumental of this song which was incredibly smooth. However, it did have a melody that sounded awfully like a stereotypical Chinese song…which may be offensive to some people (not me though).
Another thing to take note of is that D.R.C’s rhyme schemes certainly improved since the previous 7 tracks, which is obviously a very good thing. Everything else about this track is predictable…good flow, mixing and mastering, and lyrics. I’m not quite sure if I know where that Mylo feature is though.
Track #9: "Last Pharaohs" ft. The Author
This is the best song lyrically so far, in my opinion. It’s filled with lots of cool wordplay and extended metaphors. Even though, D.R.C’s rhyme schemes are not as good as they were in the previous track, they are still are among the better ones on the mixtape (so far).
The Author’s verse started off weak, but about half way through, he started spitting the best verse on the mixtape so far. Looks like you have taken two Ls from the same guy, D.R.C!
Track #10: "Rear View Mirror" ft. L'nae
L’nae delivered a nice hook with a cool concept that was used throughout the whole song. D.R.C’s rhyme schemes were dope in this track, but his delivery probably could have been better. Despite the good production of this song, I felt like it dragged on too long, and could’ve been cut back by about a minute or so. I don’t have all the time in the world, homie!
Track #11: "Illusion"
As I have explained in other reviews, sexual songs are very risky and can easily go wrong. Even though, I think D.R.C did a fine job with the subject matter, he didn’t quite meet my high expectations I have for songs like this since the subject matter is so popular and easily misused.
Production-wise, this was probably one of the better tracks. The quick drum patterns and heavy bass at the beginning give it a distinct sound which is at first a bit unpleasant but eventually grows on you. As I mentioned above, D.R.C’s verses weren’t particularly great compared to the other’s but they still got the job done. That Super Saiyan reference was pretty darn corny though.
I wonder if the ass he talked about looks like this.
Track #12: "That Real That Trill"
This is certainly my least favorite track on the mixtape so far. It had a mediocre beat (the first on the tape), really weak bars, an annoying hook (I didn’t like the chopped and screwed voices on this one), and subpar rhyme schemes. D.R.C’s flow wasn’t awful on this one, but it has certainly been better. It’s still better than anything Soulja Boy has released though.
Track #13: "Remember me" ft. Mylo, The Author, and LOTGAU
It was certainly nice to hear a change for the better over the last track. “Remember Me” had a good production (just like most of the other beats), a good hook, and nice guest features. Mylo dropped lots of internal multis and renegaded the other two artists, who still had nice verses. This was a good effort overall though...it's worth playing again.
Track #14: "Karma"
Even though some of the rhyme schemes were a bit weak, I actually really enjoyed this emotional ballad which went deep. The beat was nice, the sung hook perfectly expressed D.R.C’s feelings, and the mixing and mastering worked. In addition, the track is both relatable and has good replay value.
Track #15: "Heart Broken Mentality"
I’m not saying it was bad, but I was too overwhelmed by this track to fully enjoy it. The beat was too busy and the mixing and mastering wasn’t quite as good as it usually is. Since I couldn’t really hear the lyrics, I don’t really have much to say about it…
Track #16: "0' Dark Thirty In DC"
This was probably one of the rawest tracks on the mixtape…just three minutes straight of D.R.C rapping his ass off. He did it well of course, his flow a little slower than normal, but still good as always. His delivery was good but he said his name too much in the song, in my opinion. In conclusion, the song is rawer then this meat.
Track #17: "Same Nightmares (Bnr)"
Damn…this track definitely lives up to the name “grand finale”. With a killer hook, dope verses with lots of internal rhyme schemes, good flows and delivery, and an interesting connection the first track, D.R.C just keeps on winning. It leaves the listener with a very satisfactory impression on the tape.
Overall, this is a very proffesional-sounding tape from an up and coming artist that would probably appeal to most types of listeners. Even though a lot of his rhyme schemes are mediocre, he has proven a lot to me as a music reviewer. Here are my three favorite tracks on the tape.
#3: Last Pharoahs
This wordplay-heavy track certainly had some of the best lyrics on the entire mixtape. In addition, it had a smooth instrumental and a good guest verse, who did unfortunately renegade him. However, this track has a lot going for it overall.
#2: Catch Me While Im Young/Niggas In China
This song had an excellent instrumental, hook, and most importantly represented a change that D.R.C made for the good. He certainly stepped up his rhyme scheme game...but I'm not sure how his feature fit in the song.
#1: Same Nightmares (BNR)
Damn...talk about saving the best for last. This track is basically another interpretation of the first song, but is a lot better lyrically, production-wise, and just overall. I can't describe it...just listen to it yourself.
Personal Suggestions for D.R.C
Lyrics: I would work on your wordplay and whatnot but I would mainly focus on your rhyme schemes. If you want to go big one day, you need to grow past two-syllabic, external rhymes. Use internal rhymes, and at least three-syllabic rhymes.
Flow: Honestly, I wouldn't change anything here. Keep experimenting with it though and see if you can find something even better then what you have, which is doubtful.
Production: For the most part, the beats were great. I like your style quite a bit. However, there were two beats I did not really enjoy. I guess my suggestion here is to be more careful while choosing beats.
Overall: Try to also expand guest features and you will be set!
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