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No explanation is needed for XX/\/\E anymore, honestly. Let's just get to the project. Vyvanse is easily XX's most personal and relatable project yet, which is good, despite the fact that some of its aspects felt a bit lazy. Let's begin the review.
Track 1) “Optical Illusions Part 1”
Overall, this track wasn’t bad. It was kind of a cool skit, but it didn’t really fit in with the themes of the rest of the mixtape. Yes…I do know that XX downloaded these beats from one beat tape, but he should have just removed this track completely, because it was simply just was not necessary.
Track 2) “Sorry”
This verse started out nice rhyme-scheme wise, but eventually sunk down to all one-syllabic rhymes. However, I thought it was somewhat relatable, I liked the sampling in the production of the track, and I thought that XX used filters in an appropriate manner in this track. I wish there was singing in this track though…it would elevate it to another level.
Track 3) “Vyvanse”
This is easily one of XX’s most relatable, yet depressing tracks of all time. He delivers it in a slow, somber flow that seems a bit lazy, but it kind of fit with the song’s subject matter. This may be the most personal XX has ever been, and it’s a side of him which brings a lot of emotion.
The singing on the hook wasn’t bad, but the outro of this track was somewhat cringe worthy. In addition, the production was nice, but the quality is a bit screwed up.
Track 4) “Cut” feat. J Trauma
I know I know I know I know I know I know
I think we understand that you know, XX. You could probably pass yourself off as Lil Wayne, to be honest (skip to 1:41).
I really liked the unique harmonies that XX sung on the track, and I enjoyed his part of the song. This may be the best quality I’ve ever heard J Trauma rap too…it sounds like he finally learned how to mix and master his verses. Lyrically, his verse was pretty solid, even though he delivered a monotonous flow (which he claims is deliberate). Both artists delivered nice verses though…as usual.
Track 5) “Memory Loss”
This is probably the darkest production on the mixtape, and once again, XX spits some personal bars. He drops many death references as an extended metaphor throughout the song leading up to the grand, final lyric in the entire song
When I die, no one will miss me, but that doesn't matter
It was simply a clever track overall.
Track 6) “Optical Illusions Part 2”
Once again, this was a nice break from the more serious tracks, even though it doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the mixtape. At least it is still enjoyable though. It allows you to imagine what's going on...it is vague yet definite at the same time.
Track 7) Thanks
This may not be as personal as the rest of the tracks on the tape, but I really enjoyed the production with its vocal sample and guitar melody. This song may also have the greatest XX hook of all time on it…there is just something intriguing about it. The second verse may also be the best verse on the mixtape lyrically.
Here are my three favorite tracks on the mixtape.
As the most unique track on the mixtape, both artists succeeded in delivering successful verses. XX's singing was strange yet compelling at the same time, while Trauma finally spit a monotonous yet intricately written verse. Just listen to it for yourself.
As the title track, "Vyvanse" is probably the most personal track on the mixtape. It allowed us to see into XX's mind deeper than ever (even more than "Miles" on Grown Ups). Even though the outro wasn't sung very well, XX's delivery suited the subject matter of the song.
There are a lot of factors that made me choose this as my favorite track on the tape, one of them being the awesome hook that XX sung. In addition, I really liked the guitar beat featuring a vocal sample that blended in nicely (it reminds me of Sia for some reason). Finally, I liked the verses a lot, even though they weren't as personal as some of the other ones on the tape. It was just a great way to end the EP.
Lyrics: Even though some of the rhyme schemes were a bit lazy, these are some of the most personal songs I have ever heard from XX. This is a side from him that I actually really enjoy listening to…he should keep this up.
Flow: Once again, XX’s flow felt a bit lazy on this tape, especially in songs such as the title track. I wouldn’t say it is bad, but it could be improved on.
Production: I liked a lot of the beats, even though I feel like the quality of a lot of Greaf’s beats are jacked up. I’m not sure why that is.
Overall: Keep doing what you want...just try to improve in all areas. I'm looking forward to reviewing Miles! Good work, XX!
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