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April 2017

Playboi Carti Mixtape Review

Budding SoundCloud rapper has been bubbling out of Atlanta for a couple of years now.  After years of dope singles and guest verses, he has finally released his debut self-titled project.  After months of delays and speculation , it is finally here.  Did Carti deliver or did he drop some trash?

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The true star of this project is the production.  I truly wanted to like this project, I really did but this is the worst project of 2017.  Carti struggles to find a good flow on majority of these songs.  The bright spots are few and far in-between.  I find myself liking a few seconds or a verse and then the rest of the song is unbearable.  New Chopper is one of the best song on this song, Carti actually flows on this track and his adlibs are energizing, Along with the A$AP feature to top it all of for one of the few tracks I actually enjoyed on this project.  It sounds as though this album was rushed.  Why it sounds like this, I don’t know Carti had 3 years to make this tape.  There is no real direction with this project.  It feels very lifeless and generic.  Like damn nigga, you had three years to make a project and you release this bullshit.  Carti is on record saying “I didn’t come in the game to make a mixtape”, well what the fuck did you get in the game for, to drop mediocre trap music.  Because if thats the case you on the right track.  How you have all these talented niggas around and they let you drop this, this half-assed, cookie-cutter, generic bullshit.  You need new friends Carti.  Im a fan of your music but this is straight buns.  Carti is a young rapper, so hopefully his next project is better than this.

Aside from the productions and a few guest verses this project is uterly forgettable.  Nothing Carti does is new and what he does do isn’t even done well.  This project is full of redundant mumble raps, adlibs, and good production.  What he speaks on lyrically is the most basic generic run of the mill topics every trap rapper gravitates to.  The things I do like about this project have nothing to do with Carti himself.  His verses are forgettable and the fact that he repeats himself like he is really saying important is comical.  What really upsets me is the fact is, I was really looking forward to this project as a moment for Carti to prove himself as more than a mindless Soundcloud rapper.  Even though this project didn’t meet my expectations, I can only hope he grows as an artist and releases something good, which I think Carti can do with the right team behind him.

Score: 1/5

Favorite Tracks: wokeuplikethis, Magnolia, New Chopper

What did you think of Playboi Carti’s mixtape? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Let me know what you think.

Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Review

West Coast Emcee Kendrick Lamar has created a massive amount of hype for himself over these past couple of years.  Even leading people to call him the king of the west coast and the greatest rapper alive.  After a phenomenal debut with Good Kidd Madd City, He went to release To Pimp A Butterfly and Untitled Unmastered, which I wasn’t a fan of either project. Many people including myself were wondering what he was going to do next.  Did Kendrick deliver or was this a flop?

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Kendrick starts of the project going crazy on DNA.  It is the hardest I’ve heard Kendrick rap on a project.  The hard-hitting production from Mike-Will-Made-It went along perfectly with Kendrick on this track. I wasn’t a fan of the track YAH, it seemed out of place and I immediately deleted this out of my I-tunes library.  Things pick up again with ELEMENT.  I was surprised when I heard Kendrick singing, which he isn’t half bad at.  The rest of the album is smooth and precise.  Kendrick’s vocal performance on this album is amazing and second to none.

This record solidifies the fact that Kendrick is the best rapper out right now.  I was skeptical when this album was announced because I wasn’t a fan of To Pimp A Butterly and Untitled Unmastered. I was also afraid Kendrick would take the J. Cole of releasing two dope singles before an album, and the album be trash, but I was wrong.  The way Kendrick raps and flows and brings everything together was refreshing. I had no idea how a U2 and Kendrick Lamar collaboration would go, but to my surprise it was pleasant.   While I did enjoy this project, some of the tracks felt out of place, making the project seem scatter brained and all over the place.  Tracks like YAH. and PRIDE. were garbage. I didn’t see a true need for them on this project.  The DJ drops proclaiming “NEW KUNG FU KENNY” cheapened the project, making it sound like a mixtape a rapper on the street handed me, as I tried to avoid contact telling me to check this out.  Aside from those two songs, and those annoying drops this album is amazing and refreshing.  DAMN. is an amazing project, that everyone must check out.

Score: 4/5

Favorite Tracks: DNA, Loyalty, Love, Duckworth, GOD

What did you think of DAMN.? Did you love it ? Did you hate it? Let me know what you think?

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