J Trauma is an aspiring rapper that I found on a website that I contribute on, Rap Genius. He asked me to review his most recent mixtape, "Nothing Significant". One part I like about J Trauma is that he is experimenting with different styles and subject matters, which is always good. I think he should keep releasing mixtapes so he can find out what is good and what is bad. Let's begin.
Track #1: "Troublesome"
After listening to the first track, I can tell that J Trauma enjoys using the distinct style of jazz rap. I am not usually a huge fan of the sub-genre, but I enjoyed this track. Both Trauma's flow and lyrics were pretty mediocre, but I can't be too harsh on an intro track. Let's see what is to come.
Track #2: "Flexin Nothing"
I kind of liked the minimalistic production of the song, and I felt like it did fit in with the theme of the song. Trauma's subject matter is on point, and his lyrics have improved from the previous track, even though I wouldn't go as far to call them great.
On the other hand, J Trauma should have used a faster flow, because his slow flow was boring. Plus, the hook was very cringeworthy. We don't need to have another Soulja Boy.
Track #3: "Is That So" feat. Mak Nikova
First things first, I would like to say that the vocal sample at the beginning of the song was very strange, and it probably was not necessary. In addition, I couldn't really hear what Trauma was saying, because of his poor mixing and mastering. It would be unfair for me to judge his lyrics.
Despite this, I could hear Mak Nikova's verse, which I thought was really dope. In addition both rappers had good flows.
Track #4: "Retro"
Out of the first four tracks of the mixtape, "Retro" is definitely the best song. I could tell immediately when the very unique production began, and I thought J Trauma showcased good flow in the song. In addition, I could actually hear his lyrics, and I will tell you that they are above average. I wouldn't call him the next Nas or anything, but J Trauma isn't half-bad.
Track #5: "Sexmusic"
I commend J Trauma for trying to create a sexual song. They are very risky, and could easily go wrong. Unfortunately, this was the case for J Trauma. With hilariously bad lyrics that could easily belong on "I Am Not A Human Being II", "Sexmusic" is easily one of the worst tracks on the mixtape. At least the instrumental isn't that bad.
Track #6: "Still" feat. YPH
I literally laughed out loud at YPH's verse. I am not even going to say anything about it. However, I liked J Trauma's verse. It had good wordplay, and wasn't completely corny (unlike Hopsin). His flow was mediocre, but it wasn't terrible. The production's baseline could've been a little bit heavier, in my opinion, but it was a good quality beat overall.
Track #7: "Dusk"
Other than J Trauma trying to pull of a Drake (he tried to sing), "Dusk" was a very nice track. His mixing and mastering was very on point here, and lyricism was good. I enjoyed the production too. However, J Trauma, please never even think about singing again. Stick to rapping.
Track #8: "Saturday"
"Saturday" easily had the best instrumental out of the first eight tracks on the mixtape. However, he completely ruined the song with his lame excuse for a hook that really did not belong on the beat:
On so many drugs
I normally don't care if a rapper raps about taking drugs and whatnot, but J Trauma should have chosen a more mature subject matter for such a great production. If you want songs about drugs, just give Rick Ross a listen.
Track #9: "Everlasting"
I really loved the production of this track. It reminded me of a jack-in-a-box that I owned when I was a young kid. J Trauma's lyrics were good, and had quite a few clever punchlines. This wasn't one of his best flows, but it certainly got the job done. Overall, "Everlasting" was a well thought out track.
Track #10: "LEGITIMATE"
"Legitimate" is definitely the most lyrical song out of the first ten I have listened to. The rhyme schemes were great, and Trauma's wordplay is stronger than ever. I found myself enjoying the nostalgic beat too. What a great track!
Track #11: "Words No Thought" feat. XX/\/\E
I liked this track, even though XX/\/\E did renegade J Trauma on his own track. The production reminded me of an old-school video game, and that was kind of nice. I am not quite sure what the point of the instrumental outro was, as it was very different from the actual track, and it took up 1/3 of the entire song. This isn't "Hold My Liquor"...
Track #12: "Grey Skies"
To be honest, "Grey Skies" was a boring track. The instrumental wasn't anything special, J Trauma's flow was very slow and dull, and his lyrics were pretty corny, even though the subject matter wasn't. I was not very impressed unfortunately.
Track #13: "Human"
Dang...I didn't expect this song to be so depressing. J Trauma did have some very valid points, but also provided me with some very disturbing lyrics such as this one:
If I could make every human in the world, including myself, I would
J Trauma's flow was pretty good on this track, but it wasn't his best. The production was very gloomy, which I believe was done on purpose. "Human" definitely made me think. It was a very interesting way to conclude this mixtape.
Track #14: "Phantom" feat. YPH and DJB
Even though this song is technically a bonus track, I decided to include it anyway. Both J Trauma and YPH murdered their verses (unlike last time), and the production was definitely on point. I thought this song was a great way to conclude the mixtape.
In conclusion, I think J Trauma is in the right track. His flow, lyrics, and mixing/mastering could use improvement, but those things could be easily fixed. Most of his instrumentals were dope, but some samples did not feel like they belonged in the song. However, I am still looking forward to more work from Trauma. Here are the Top 5 songs on the mixtape.
The highlight of this standout track is its unique production. In addition, J Trauma showcased both good flow and excellent lyrical abilities. "Retro" is a great track overall.
I think J Trauma understood the concept best for last (like Eminem on the Marshall Mathers LP 2). All of the artists on this song performed excellently on the track that isn't a track (as "Phantom" is a bonus track).
#3: "Words No Thought"
This collaboration between two Rap Genius rappers worked out really well. Both rappers killed their verse, and the production was excellent, even though the songs instrumental outro didn't really make sense.
Through an excellent, nostalgic beat and clever punchlines, J Trauma succeeded in the track "Everlasting". The beat managed to use sampling in a smart way, and J Trauma's lyrical abilities shined in the song.
"Legitimate" was by far the most lyrical song on the album, and is also one of the best production-wise. J Trauma made excellent use of internal rhymes with helped him deliver a superb track. It is definitely one of the best on the tape.
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