D-Tay – Sky’s The Limit Mixtape Review

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This project starts off really special; The way the beat comes in explains the title perfectly. You actually feel like you’re about to be taken on a path to the sky from how it starts. Then you hear “The Sky’s the limit, you want it, go get it.” If that’s not a motivating way to start a mixtape I don’t know what is. D-Tay’s newest offering, “Sky’s The Limit” is filled with motivating lyrics, slick metaphors, fun moments, and true passion.

As serious as that intro was, the next song starts off with “Girl gone twerk for a trill n*gga” I don’t know if that’s a bad thing or not. On one hand it makes listeners feel comfortable to know that every song will not just be super serious. On the other hand it’s a drastic change from the intro.. I like it regardless though.

D-Tay does a pretty good job of mixing it up on this mixtape. Nothing seems overwhelming, and everything seems to flow pretty smoothly from track 3 on down. One thing that impresses me about D-Tay is his songwriting skills. His pen game is very nice and you can tell that he doesn’t just say the first thing that comes to mind. His words and structure are both very intricate.

This mixtape is definitely an upgrade from his “Determination” project. He is much more polished and sounds comfortable on the songs now. His beat selection is better and his writing is still very sharp. Another thing I like about this mixtape is that the features are carefully selected and each guest appearance makes sense.

His subject matter is very much spread out on this mixtape. D-Tay shows his ability to rap about a variety of different topics, and his does so in an effective manner.

“Sky’s The Limit” is enjoyable and deserves a listen from all hip hop fans. Due to the wide variety of songs, you may come across a track or 2 that you may not like, but this is a complete project in the most literal sense of the word. D-Tay has a bright future ahead of him in the rap world due to his writing talent and pure love for hip hop.

Favorite Tracks: “Piece Of My Mind”, “The Come Up”, “Better”

 

 

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Fr33 – Inn3rturmoil Mixtape Review

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The guys at R4/LOM are at it once again. This time donning a new rap style and a new lifestyle, FR33 brings us into the Epik Lyfestyle, with “Inn3rturmoil.”

FR33 has shown an immense amount of improvement from his Teen Titan series. He still has that raw unpolished delivery but he has managed to learn how to blend his style in with the beats. His content and subject matter is still there like it has always been. With so much negativity going on in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, he has plenty of serious issues to rap about. He takes advantage of his voice and freedom of speech to the fullest extent. But it is not overkill, as he has no problem expressing his love for hip hop and his love for the cannabis plant as well.

One thing that stands out about this mixtape is Fr33’s beat selection. Simply put, it’s great. Not only are the beats dope but they are versatile and Fr33 shows that he can bend his unorthodox flow to match any beat that he chooses.

Fr33 throws little clever lines throughout the mixtape here and there. He also lets listeners closer to him through personal and emotion-filled lyrics. Overall Inn3rturmoil plays out as a very solid and listenable album. The Lil Wayne soundbite on the intro was a very nice touch to start the project with and “Walk With Me” was the true definition of an Outro song.

This project seems to be the first step in the direction of a strong-willed young rapper on a mission to make his voice heard. Shoutout to the whole R4/LOM camp and Epik Lyfestyle.

Favorite Tracks: “Walk With Me”, “Hello”, “Epik Lyfe”, “Flavors”

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Dope Songs: Terrace Martin – For Ever With You

Let the music speak for itself

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Trice – Slurred (Music Video)

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Random Playlist Song Of The Moment: Sizzla – Just One Of Those Days

This is a classic record right here. This was a single from Sizzla’s 2002 album, “Da Real Thing” Sizzla just happens to be my 2nd favorite reggae artist of all time, right behind Bob Marley.  His voice was always very unique to me. I can’t help but to sing along with this song every time I hear it. Enjoy it on this Thursday afternoon.

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Boosie – Touchdown 2 Cause Hell Album Review

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Boosie’s new album has finally touched down, and this one scored big time. After getting mixed reviews to his first release after being freed from prison, “Life After Death Row,” Boosie has delivered to the highest extent. Critics feared that he had lost some of his edge due to a much less aggressive Boosie on Life After Death Row. Well there is no fear of that AT ALL on Touchdown 2 Cause Hell.  This is the Boosie that everyone loves. Raw lyrics, true emotion, substance, aggressive delivery; It’s all there.

The album starts off with Boosie SNAPPING. You can  tell he’s back in raw form from the jump. Boosie has never been a super lyrical guy, but his rapping style is so in your face that it can not be denied. All of his words hit HARD, and his delivery is just fiery. This same style continued throughout the album. If you’re familiar with Boosie, then you know that his lyrics are vivid and true to what he’s going though in life. Both of those traits are shown heavily on this album but especially on “Window Of My Eyes.” His raw and uncut lyrics are delivered with that same fire that we’re used to from the old Boosie. Everything he says is done in such an honest manner that you can’t help but feel it.

His subject matter and content is still as real as ever, On “Hip Hop Hooray,” he raps about Rappers portraying fake lifestyles in their music. On “Black Heaven” he raps about the African American legends that have passed away, and on “Hands Up” he raps about the police violence incidents in America. He has a lot of features on the album but every feature blends in perfectly with each song. Boosie plays off of all of his features, never a feeling of him being outshined. “Black Heaven” features 2 Coles, Keyshia and Jermaine(J. Cole). Cole’s verse is done in singing form, but it is still as effective as if he would have rapped it.

The production compliments Boosie as well as his old production did. Actually this is one of Boosie’s best produced projects. Songs like “Drop Top Music” and “On That Level” give us that Louisiana production that Boosie likes to rap over.  Other songs like “On Deck” and “Retaliation” gives us that aggressive production that comes along with an aggressive Boosie in killer mode.  “Mercy On My Soul” and “Black Heaven” have airy beats that give us more of an introspective vibe accompanied by Boosie’s thought provoking lyrics.

If you’re a Boosie fan, this album will be your favorite album of the year period. If you have never really been a fan of Boosie, this album should make you respect what he brings to hip hop and why he is so loved by the southern region of the United States. Boosie is a one of a kind talent, and Touchdown 2 Cause Hell gives us exactly what we’ve wanted from Boosie. A very good album for a great listening experience.

 

Lyrics: 8.5/10
Production: 8/10
Cohesiveness: 8/10
Replay Value: 9/10

Overall: 8.5/10

Standout tracks: “Window Of My Soul,” “Retaliation,” “Black Heaven,” “Kicking Clouds”

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Summer Song Review: Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)

Wealthy Friend Dequantes has done it once again. Almost 2 years after his hit single “Type Of Way” was playing everywhere from clubs, to radio, to BBQs; he has hit us with another bonafied hit.  He continues to distance himself from the Future comparisons with this summer anthem. The video has been on YouTube for about 2 months and has already accumulated almost 19 million views. The song is super catchy with a beat that will have you moving before you even notice. The song is produced by DJ Spinz and Nitti Beatz, who has been mostly quiet after his run of hits in the years  2005-2006, including Yung Joc’s hit single “It’s Going Down.” This is no lyrical hip hop, it’s just some feel good Summer music. You might not even be able to understand Quan on some parts of this song, but you can’t help but sing along with the hook. Salute to the Rich Homie, you did it again with the Ooh Ooh Oooh Oooooohhh.

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