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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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