For those who do not already know, this is the fourth XX/\/\E mixtape I have reviewed so far this year. His work has slowly been getting better, and this mixtape is no exception. I graded this mixtape a little less harshly due to the fact that it was entirely experimental, and had all freestyle. However, this mixtape is still sheer proof that XX/\/\E is a dope rapper. Let's begin with the first track, shall we?
Track #1: "Practice"
XX/\/\E's first tracks are usually pretty solid, but this one right here is probably an expection. XX did in fact explain what the mixtape about, but it was pretty boring considering the fact that there was no beat in the background. A huge mixtape like this could easily be avoided.
Track #2: "LoveIt"
"LoveIt" was a nice feestyle. XX's trademark flow and good, unique lyrics did shine throughout the course of the song. The production on the other hand started to bore me after a while, and I lost interest very easily. Some more layers should have been added. You don't want this many layers though.
Track #3: "TrippY ShiT"
This was definitely a better track the previous one. Even though the lyrics and flow were about on the same level, I really enjoyed the production. This song could be a little longer though, unlike the last song. Timing is key, as some fictional ninja warrior once said.
Track #4: "Singing Practice"
In all fairness, there really isn't all that much to judge here. As the title suggests, XX just goes off and sings for about 30 seconds. His singing is pretty good, but he could develop his voice further. The potential is definitely there though.
Track #5: "Camp"
I'm really feeling this track. The flow and lyrics are good for a freestyle (as usual), and the beat is pretty darn dope as far as beats of that genre too. XX is simply just getting better and better, just like Lil Wayne's lyrics are.
Track #6: "SHADOWS"
Lyrically, "Shadows" is probably the weakest track out of the first six songs (other then "Singing Practice" for obvious reasons) on the mixtape. XX shouldn't have added the second part of the song, as it is pretty darn unnecessary. Unfortunately, "Shadows" is pretty underwhelming compared to most of the other tracks.
Track #7: "StopNah"
From a lyrical standpoint, "StopNah" is better then "Shadows" even though it is definitely not the most lyrical track on the mixtape. The instrumental was nice though, and I really dug the sampled outro. A fairly good freestyle overall if I do say so myself.
Track #8: "Who Needs School"
Unlike the intro, "Who Needs School" was the perfect way to end the mixtape. I really enjoyed XX's singing and all of the artistry that went into this track. This was definitely one of the highlights of the mixtape.
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