Chicago rapper LaZy seems to be in the right mindset for creating a raw, emotional project, but fails to back up his plans with substance.
Track 1) “Intro” [5/10]
Overall, this seems a bit flimsy for the start of the mixtape. Even though it does cover a wide range of topics that do end up showing up throughout the tape, I just can’t find myself saying that I really enjoyed this. The production is smooth, with its rolling piano keys and basic drum pattern, but it feels very stripped-back and sparse, as does the rest of the track.
Lyrically, LaZy spits some relatable bars, despite having mediocre rhyme schemes. He even manages to incorporate humor into the track successfully (I quite enjoyed the pepper spray lyric), which is not something every rapper can claim. Thought bluntness can be an advantage to being a good rapper, perhaps LaZy makes his bars too blunt, because they lack a defining substance.
What puzzles me the most about this track is LaZy’s delivery…which quite reminds me of one of my favorite rappers, Milo, even though their music is completely different. I enjoyed the sound of his voice, but perhaps he could have put more emotion into the way he spoke his bars.
Track 2) “Y’all Don’t Get It” [5/10]
I’m very split over “Y’all Don’t Get It”. The beat, even though it has a very nice whistling melody, sounds too slowed down, sparse, and amateur for me to fully say it is above average. Perhaps it drags on for a bit too long too.
Despite this, LaZy spits some intriguing bars about his life at school, and even manages to capture two different perspectives from the voice of a narrator. It shows that he can tell a story, and is very raw when he tries to be.
However, this track lacks once more in delivery and flow once more. He barely manages to stay on beat and came off as sloppy and unprofessional. Unlike the previous track, his delivery stays almost monotone and could’ve been improvised to capture more of the emotion of the storytelling.
Track 3) “My Life” feat. EmperorAguila [6/10]
I’ve heard this track numerous times before, so I knew exactly what I was going into before I even clicked on the track after downloading it again. However, I think it does sound a bit better in the context of the project. For those who do not know, EmperorAguila is my rap persona, and I am featured on this track. For your and my sake, I will not review my part and focus on LaZy.
Just like usual, LaZy kept things simple, but utilized some very powerful descriptions about his life in the ghetto. For example, the lyric “Blood spilling like a strawberry milk carton” gives you a vivid picture of a shooting at LaZy’s school in Kindergarten.
However, this song lacks in flow where it shines in production and storytelling. It sounds like LaZy did not even practice before recording the track, and did not plan his flow, which is crucial to making a rap song. I did like how we incorporated two perspectives, one from the Lower Class and one from the Middle Class, into the track.
Track 4) “Words” [3/10]
LaZy has the right intentions while making this track, but this is more underwhelming across the board than any of the previous tracks on this mixtape. The production features a stock-sounding choir melody with a very basic and stripped back drum pattern that is virtually non-existent.
I get what the rapper is trying to say on here…that a girl chose another man over him. However, how many times have you heard Drake say that? He doesn’t even have a flow nor production like Drake, so this does come off as worse than him.
Delivery-wise, once again, LaZy fails to impress me. Even the lyrics themselves are sub-par, even when compared to the rest of the project. Overall, this just could’ve been a dope track, but it simply put, wasn’t executed correctly.
Track 5) “Prove Me Wrong” [5/10]
In terms of substantiality, the production on this track certainly stands out as being superior compared to the other ones on here. I liked the more upbeat drum pattern with tense strings and piano keys oscillating in the background. Perhaps it isn’t the most professional beat ever made, but it gets the job done.
In addition, LaZy manages to step up his flow here, sounding more on beat than ever. However, I can’t say the same about his delivery…which sounds like a much cornier version of the one that fascinated me on the first track here.
Lyrically, LaZy comes back to being raw, but still lacks a defining substance. The hook he delivered came off as deadpan, and once again, could have been done better. Overall, this track had its ups and downs that balanced it out as average.
Track 6) “Classroom” [6/10]
This is for sure one of my favorite beats on the album. I really enjoyed the atmostpheric vibes the wavy, wholesome melody produced. It also featured an exceptional use of stereo separation…one that most of the other beats on this project lack.
Flow-wise, LaZy is a bit more ambitious than usual, and his ambition pays off at times, but doesn’t at others. However, in my opinion, this ambition is good, and if he can perfect his more fast-paced flow, he will be more of a force to be reckoned with.
Other than that, everything else is to be expected. The delivery, lyrics, and overall creativity level of this track are pretty average, but LaZy seems to be improving more and more as the project progresses.
Track 7) “Put Me In A Dream” [3/10]
This is the first time that we truly hear LaZy singing and let me warn you right now…it’s not good. He doesn’t even manage to remain in the right key, making the poorly executed song sound very laughable. It’s a real shame too, because this is probably my favorite beat on this entire project.
Lyrically, this is above average though. LaZy spits some very emotional bars about his struggle over issues such as his homing situation and family life. On the other hand, I feel like the “dream” concept could’ve been weaved into the track a lot more than it was here.
Track 8) “LongLiveTay” [6/10]
Giving another glimpse at his struggle, LaZy dedicates a song to his deceased friend, Tay. From what he says on here, Tay sounded like a nice guy, and I feel really bad for LaZy. I really enjoyed the beat, as it is one that Joey Bada$$ used on his song “LongLiveSteelo”.
However, this track could’ve been executed better, just like all of the other tracks on here. The delivery didn’t capture the raw emotion that would’ve been perfect on a track like this. The lyrics were dope, but could’ve been written better, and could’ve shown more impressive storytelling.
Track 9) “Till The End” [7/10]
It seems like LaZy understands the concept “best for last” as it is evident that he put the most time and effort onto this track. Creatively titled, LaZy goes H.A.M. flow-wise, showing major improvement on previous tracks. The beat is pretty fresh too.
He even seemed to show more versatility within lyrics and delivery on here, which is in my opinion, a big step for the future. Perhaps it isn’t the most creative track on here, but it left me with a satisfying feeling and hopes for future projects.
Here are my favorite tracks on the project.
In terms of vibes and atmosphere, "Classroom" seems to come out dominant when compared to the rest of the project. He spits some of his rawest bars on here paired along with one of the best flows on A Million Days. Plus, it's an enjoyable listen overall.
As far as dedication tracks, this one is pretty emotional, yet intriguing at the same time. Over a fresh Joey Bada$$ beat, LaZy spits some down-to-earth bars about his deceased friend, Tay, while giving the listener a fresh glimpse at his poor lifestyle. It's a good effort overall.
1) "'Till The End"
Have you ever heard of the saying "save the best for last"? Apparently LaZy has, because he did just that here. With the best flow, versatility, and lyrics, LaZy ends the project on a high note, giving me a glimpse at what he has in store for his next tape.
- Learn how to sing or get somebody else to sing for you. The singing on here, as little as there was, is absolutely atrocious.
- Keep practicing your flow, and plan it out before recording. It will help elevate your tracks to another level and make you sound better overall.
- A lot of the beats on here sound shabby and stripped back with no professional vibes. Perhaps be more careful when choosing beats.
- I loved your raw storytelling, but try to back up your lyrics with more substance and perhaps use more complex rhyme schemes.