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Zac Oracle is an up and coming rapper who recently released Calm Insanity, his 1st mixtape. Overall, I felt like this project was pretty much hit-or-miss. His storytelling was nice when he used it, but there were a few mistakes he made that majorly affected the outcome of the album. Let’s begin.
Track 1) Calm Insanity
The instrumental got me hyped for the track…I really liked the intro. Despite the first lyrics of the song (one of them being “I’m adorable”), I felt like the lyrics in this song fit in with the title of the track, even though a lot of them weren’t particularly great (was the third eye reference really necessary?).
Moreover, a lot of the rhyme schemes were mediocre. In addition, I’m not quite sure what the point of the trap-like outro was for. However, I enjoyed listening to some of the panning effects used in the mixing and mastering of the track, Oracle’s aggressive delivery, and the semi-professional sound of the track as a whole.
Track 2) Patty Flipper
I really liked the production of this track, especially the bass and drum pattern of it. On the contrary, I thought the sample intro lasted way too long, and after a few listens, I started questioning why it was even added to the song in the first place.
On the plus side, Zac Oracle’s verses were certainly a lot better than the previous track. I really enjoyed his storytelling, rhyme scheme structure, and flow. However, I felt like the hook on the track felt very filler, and just like the sample, I didn’t see what the point of it was.
I feel like the outro has some meaning, but I can’t understand the language the singers are singing in…
Track 3) My Song 75
At first I had a bit of trouble listening to this track, but after a few listens I think I got the jist of this track. Oracle certainly should try and improve on pronouncing his words a bit more clearly any future mixtapes he decides to release.
I really did like the subject matter and storytelling of this track once more. Once again, I liked the melody and drum pattern of the instrumental of this track, but there was an aspect of it that messed the quality up a little bit.
Once again, I felt like the intro and outro of the track were both really unnecessary, and this time they lasted longer. If they are supposed to have a special meaning, it really is subtle, because I don’t see how they have any purpose within the song.
Track 4) Daayuuum ft. Crispy Juicebox x Hood Nasty
Production-wise, this is probably the weakest track on the mixtape thus far. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t vibe to it nearly as much as the others. Once again, (surprise surprise), the beat switched up, and the transition was sloppy. It just honestly didn’t have any purpose, to be honest.
Moreover, Zac certainly had the best verse on the track. I really enjoyed his use of rhyme schemes and the way he flowed over the piano-influenced beat, despite his braggadocious subject matter. Crispy Juicebox had a nice flow, but he did drop a few cringeworthy bars (and what’s up with his rapper name)? I hate to break it to you, but Hood Nasty’s verse was just plain corny and hard to bear through.
Track 5) Enterlube
Just like its predecessor, “Enterlube” is braggadocious, but the verse that consisted of the song was nowhere near as clever. The production didn’t really excite me much either, even though I thought that the transition of the beat was actually good this time. I just wasn’t overall impressed much by this.
Track 6) Hands on the Wheel (Remix)
To be honest, I didn’t really enjoy Oracle’s take of “Hands On The Wheel”. For a start, I didn’t like how he rap (or possibly sing; it was hard to tell) over the excellently sampled hook. Moreover, I felt like his verses didn’t give off an energetic vibe like the originals do.
This is also the worst track so far flow-wise on the mixtape. Even though the lyrics were pretty good (especially the storytelling), I just didn’t really connect to it. Oracle simply just sounded too bored on this exuberant track.
Track 7) Honeysuckle
Yesss…finally a beat that I could really vibe to once more! I liked the darker aspect of it. Even though the lyrics weren’t too great on this track, I really liked the mixing and mastering that was utilized throughout the course of it. There were a few places in which Oracle could have used more multi-syllabic rhymes though.
What’s up with that outro though?
Track 8) Armageddon
I think it is pretty safe to claim that this track represents the “insane” aspect of the mixtape. Within it, Oracle lists his influences including Hopsin, Eminem, and Tyler the Creator. This made me a bit more skeptical of the tape though, because most Eminem and Hopsin stans don’t really know what they are talking about.
The production was pretty nice…I didn’t like all of the namedrops though. Oracle literally called out people who probably are making more money right now than he will for the rest of his life as a rapper. His flow was respectable though.
Track 9) Orange Soda
“Orange Soda” is easily the most depressing track on the mixtape, describing his hopelessness as a rapper and his mother’s cancer. The song touched me, which is a good thing when it comes in terms of making music. I loved the storytelling in this, and I thought this was a nice way to end the mixtape.
Here are my three favorite tracks on the mixtape.
3) My Song 75
The actual track of this was smooth as fuck…I loved the beat and Zac Oracle’s flow that he utilized throughout the track. This was also one of the best tracks on the mixtape due to its use of storytelling and rhyme schemes. It’s just an enjoyable track overall.
2) Orange Soda
This song was pretty darn dismal track, it was relatable and showcased the storytelling aspect of Oracle's raps quite perfectly. It helped to conclude the mixtape quite nicely and left the listener with a satisfying last impression.
1) Patty Flipper
Of all the tracks, this is probably the one in which Zac Oracle stepped up his game the most. Over a semi-professional sounding beat, Zac delivered excellent verses in the areas of storytelling, rhyme schemes, and just overall relatability. Good work.
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