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If you have been keeping up with my reviews, I am sure that you have heard of XX/\/\E by now. Even if you haven't heard his music yet, please do so. With yet another mixtape, XX still impresses me in different ways. Let's begin with the first track.
Track #1: "Born"
"Born" was a great intro to a great mixtape, especially since the mixtape outro is "died". It had a very nice spoken quote that had me thinking a little, and more importantly pumped me up for the rest of the mixtape.
Track #2: "To The Island"
"To The Island" was a good, semi-relaxing title track. Even though it could have used a little bit more multi-syllabic rhymes, the lyrics on this track were in fact on point, and so was XX's flow. The instrumental was nice, but it could have used a heavier kick and baseline. It was probably the low point of the song. At this point, Ghost McGrady is living up to his name.
Track #3: "I Know I Already Released This"
"I Know I Already Released This" had a good subject matter, but was easily outshined by the previous track. I did like XX's use of different voices, but his flow was not as good as some of his previous tracks. In addition, I didn't like the instrumental as much. Once again, it could've used a heavy kick and baseline.
Track #4: "OR"
"OR" did in fact have the heavy instrumental that I wanted, even though it was a pretty smooth track. XX's lyrics are still good, but his flow was definitely more boring than the previous two tracks. Pick up the pace a little, and don't rap slow! "Detox" would probably be released by the time XX finished a bar.
Track #5: "What Happened"
"What Happened" is probably the one I could relate to most out of the first 5 tracks on the mixtape.This wonderfully constructed song starting off with XX doubting himself to him praising himself. Confidence is an important thing to have when rapping (however, Kanye West is too confident).
On the other hand, the production and lyrics were nice. XX's flow improved too. "What Happened" was a good track overall.
Track #6: "The Non-Rhyme Rap"
The rhyme schemes in this song were very underwhelming. Still...who wouldn't expect that due to the songs title? On the other hand, I like the cool feel that the beat produced. Overall, this was a nice track that would be better if XX actually tried with the lyrics.
Track #7: "ChantingVenting"
The beat of this song was very trippy but good. I enjoyed the sample at the beginning, even though it could be incorporated with the actual beat a little bit better. XX's flow and lyrics on the other hand weren't particularly great though. Even after multiple listens, both were just too simple, and could've been a little better thought out. Patience is key. This was a nice track though.
Track #8: "I KNOW I ALREADY RELEASED THIS"
I can't think of what song XX is making a remix of, but this song does sound awfully familiar. With nice production, a fair amount of complex rhyme schemes, and a nice flow, XX goes hard on the second track titled "I Know I Already Released This". Or as J Trauma puts it:
Track #9: "You Were Wrong"
One of the best parts of this song was the very unique instrumental that kept changing keys. This was a very risky move, but it certainly paid off. XX's flow was good, and I noticed that he used some good homophone rhymes in the song. This was a good track overall.
Track #10: "I KNOW I ALREADY RELEASED THIS"
Once again, I swear that I have listened to this track before. The nostalgic beat was very nice, and XX's flow got the work done. The lyrics weren't SUPER FANTASTIC, but they were pretty darn good. This was sweeter then a nut overall.
Track #11: "Elevator Music"
This was a nice track. XX must not like Eminem very much though.
Track #12: "Weird People True Love"
There was something strangely addictive about the song. I enjoyed XX's unqiue flow, and his dope lyrics. The production is on point too. "Weird People True Love" has a very fitting title, but is still a good track overall.
Track #13: "God"
To be honest, I was expecting a much more upbeat track with the title of "God". Even though that was not what the track was like in reality, "God" was still a smooth track that deserves recognition, even though its beat was a little boring.
Track #14: "Quick Sentences"
XX's subject matter is still great on this track. There were a few lyrics that really made me thing, and I feel like this song developed very well. The production was simple yet beautiful at the same time. I like this track...a lot.
Track #15: "Piano Xost"
I expected a piano to be more omnipresent in a track with "Piano" in its title, but the instrumental was still nice, but slightly boring. I would probably say the same thing about XX's flow, even though his lyrics are still really good. Imagine if he rapped on a beat like this.
Track #16: "Take Me There"
"Take Me There" was definitely the best track on the album flow-wise, even though XX's lyrics are not as good as some of his other tracks. It really fit in with the exceptional instrumental, which was constructed masterfully. He also dropped his most iconic lyric once more
I'm the best rapper dead
Track #17: "Died"
Just like the intro, "Died" was a terrific ending to a great mixtape. It featured the same sample as the intro, and was still just as effective.
In conclusion, "To The Island" is XX/\/\E's best mixtape thus far. This is definitely his most lyrical tape, his flow was good, and the instrumentals were good, even though some of them lacked a few important elements. Another thing I liked about "To The Island" is that it flowed very well from XX's "Born" to "Died".
My biggest suggestion for XX is to keep working on his flow, and expand his subject matters. He should also probably go back to using multiple producers, instead of using beats from just one. That's all. Stay tuned for more true music reviews!