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"Makin' Bars & Livin' Large, Son" is the debut mixtape of the rapper YEAHTIM. He requested me to write this review for him. Overall, the mixtape was pretty mediocre, and could be improved by a simple changes. YEAHTIM definitely has talent in him though.
Track #1: "The Great Introduction" ft. E-Qlipse
Even though this spoken intro was quirky and completely exaggerated, it was still very entertaining, and was an interesting, but fun way to start this mixtape. YEAHTIM didn't have any role in it, but E-Qlipse's sexy voice set the tone of the mixtape.
Track #2: "The Next Chapter"
"The Next Chapter" was certainly not what I expect, especially after a great intro like the one E-Qlipse provided. YEAHTIM's lyrical abilities are nothing to complain about, and the beat is alright. However, even after multiple listens, I could barely tolerate listening to his weak flow and annoying voice. I hope that it improves in the tracks to come.
Track #3: "Nice Guys Finish Last"
Even though there were quite a few cringe-worthy bars, I will have to say that this track is more lyrically advanced then the previous track. YEAHTIM's flow was nothing to brag about, but is definitely an improvement. I do think the humorous parts such as the very disturbing noise YEAHTIM ommitted in the middle of the song were done on purpose.
The instrumental is once again nothing special, but I do like how it fits in with the theme of the song. I guess it is just too repetitive, and could use more layers.
Here is the disturbing noise played on repeat for over three minutes in a row.
Track #4: "Mitch Hedberg"
YEAHTIM's flow is still improving, and if you remove the corny penis references, so are his lyrics. The beat still isn't great, but to say that it is bad is an understatement. This song does have quite a few clever punchlines that I got a kick out of (all pun intended).
Track #5: "Flexin" ft. Maboo
"Flexin" is by far the best track that I have heard from the mixtape so far. For once, I loved the production, and I really enjoyed YEAHTIM's lyrics and flow. The Rap Genius founder Maboo even has a hook! Definitely worth checking out.
After namedropping Future, YEAHTIM is giving him a run for his money. You better watch out!
Track #6: "Half A Dollar"
The most enjoyable aspect of "Half a Dollar" was its heavy trap beat. The lyrics weren't too bad either, but YEAHTIM's slow flow really
Track #7: "King YEAHTIM"
I didn't really like this song at first, but after multiple listens, I really enjoyed "King YEAHTIM". Once again, the corny penis references are a big no-no, but the lyrics were pretty much on point. I liked the beat due to its heavy kicks and unique lead. YEAHTIM's flow was pretty good. Overall, "KING YEAHTIM" is a song fit for royalty, and deserved its regal title.
Track #8: "Screentime"
"Screentime" is probably more lyrically complex then the entire first half of the mixtape. However, YEAHTIM's voice, beat, and flow sound pretty lazy and not well-thought out. The song had potential in its rhyme schemes and wordplay, but fell short due to other important aspects of the song. It does show YEATIM's potential though.
track #9: "Music of Death"
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when listening to a song called "Music of Death". For all I knew, it could sound like this.
What I got didn't sound nearly as menacing, but still pretty creepy. As usual, YEAHTIM made a corny dick reference, but it was pretty easy to ignore. The beat overall wasn't great, but got the job done as it fit the theme of the song. The most enjoyable aspect of this song (as usual) is its lyrics.
Track #10: "Walking on A Dream" ft. E-Qlipse
Even though this song felt a little dull at times, I really enjoyed the happy vibe that this song produced. Neither of the verses were particularly lyrical, they were inspirational and enjoyable to listen to. I also quite enjoyed the hook and the beat. Overall, this was a success for YEAHTIM.
Track #11: "Save It"
"Save It" screams the annoying as fuck voice that represents the beat. Overall, the production wasn't terrible, but it started to get on my nerves after multiple listens.
YEAHTIM's flow and lyrics weren't anything great either. There was some clever wordplay, but a lack of complex rhyme schemes and weak structuring dragged down the quality of the song just a little bit. I wouldn't say this song was bad, but there is certainly room for improvement.
Track #12: "Deep Mindset"
I loved the dark production for this track, along with YEAHTIM's lyrics, which are arguably some of the best on the entire mixtape. There are no corny dick references! The only complaint I might have about this song is that YEAHTIM could've used a faster flow.
Track #13: "Excuse My Foreign"
"Excuse My Foreign" is probably one of the better ends of the mixtape, due to YEAHTIM's lyrics and flow. The production felt a little all over the place, but it did get the job done. YEAHTIM even addresses his distinct accent!
Track #14: "It's Just A Ride"
Possibly the most inspirational song on the mixtape, "It's Just A Ride" was a perfect way to close "Makin' Bars & Livin' Large, Son" due to its good lyrics and good flow. The production was a bit lame and corny compared to the subject matter, but it still got the job done.
Overall, I enjoyed listening to this mixtape. Here are my suggestions for YEAHTIM in all categories:
Lyrics: Wordplay is definitely your strength when it comes to rapping. Your lyrics could instantly be a lot better though if you removed all of the corny dick references and added more complex, multi-syllabic, and internal rhyme schemes.
Flow: Most of the time, it sounds like you don't practice rapping before recording and don't really know how you want it to sound. Plan out your flow a little bit more, because it can be pretty darn good at times.
Production: Your beats were pretty mediocre overall, and were probably the weakest part of the mixtape. Use different producers, but definitely keep experimenting with different styles.
Overall: Get a better mic...that would also probably improve the quality of your tracks.
Here are my three favorite songs on the mixtape.
#3: "It's Just A Ride"
The inspirational final track of the album managed to claim third place due to its lyrics and overall subject matter. It would probably be my favorite track if it had better production though.
#2: "Deep Mindset"
To be honest, I just loved the overall vibe of this song. The wordplay in this song was extremely dope, and the production was terrific. YEAHTIM's slow flow got the job done, but the song might've been better if YEAHTIM used a faster flow.
If a track has the founder of Rap Genius on it, it simply must be good. YEAHTIM's flow and lyrics were on point, even though they were better in some other songs. I guess that "Flexin"'s extremely dope beat made it stand out as the best song on the mixtape...at least for me.
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