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#MixtapeReview | Gullieson “I’m Just An Artist” (Stream+Download) [@ForeverGullie]

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Gullieson born in Brooklyn, NYC but now calls Pittsburgh, PA home drops his fourth mixtape entitled “I’m Just An Artist.”  The 12 track mixtape feautres Gullieson giving his perspective on life, relationships, friendships and getting money. The standout track for us is “Dreams To Reality”. This song signifies where Gullieson mindset is currently at. Getting his dreams out any way possible and not taking no for an answer.

There are a few things we would like to see improve. The lyrical content at times seem redundant. Except for the fore mentioned track the running theme is “Poppin, Shoppin & Spending ” and  we could hear that on any mainstream artist project. Definitely believe there is some potential in Gullieson. Would like to hear more tracks like “Sin Too Much” and “Dreams To Reality”. These are just our thoughts, take a listen to the mixtape stream below and drop a comment below.

[Twitter: @ForeverGullie]

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#OffTheRip | What Happens When You Mix Pop Culture and Mafioso Rap? (REVIEW) [@uhhuhLuke_O]

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Luke-O of the Moola Gang Cash Cows is by far one of the most confident and professional artists we’ve come across. Confident enough to call himself the Lacoste Boss and professional enough to have the resume` to back up the nickname. Having an Uncle who was deep into the fashion scene benefited Luke-O even before he could crawl.

My Uncle went to NYC and brought that LaCoste swag to the county and we had a 60% discount on the gear in his store.  So we were swaggin early.  Luke-O adds,

I feel like I could help brands like LaCoste in certain areas. I’m not just saying that to stunt but because there are opportunities out here.

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The cover art to the mixtape is an actual picture of Luke-O as a baby draped in a LaCoste onesie. If that’s not swaggin than what is swaggin? The LaCoste runs deep within Luke-O bloodstream its also his last name. “Lucostic” although spelled different but pronounced in certain circles its sounds the same. In the track “Cows & Crocodiles: Crocodile Rock” Luke-O pays homage to the Earth, Wind & Fire and Elton John sample with fashion based verses. Producers Louie & Kilz did an awesome job capturing the scene in this track.

Them other kids wasn’t swaggin like us, they still ain’t swaggin like us! What you got on bruh?!

Luke-O doesn’t just concern himself with fashion and swaggin over Kilz beats. He is focused on building the culture as a whole and progressing into different areas. Putting on for his county is very important to him. As we talked about the area he was from Luke-O cracked a humble smile and states “I got nothing but love for my county and everyone there.” Allhiphop.com took notice to the Bo$$ when he dropped “Main Street Pt.II”. Luke-O states,

It was crazy how it happen. The guy that posted the video followed me and DM’d me to tell me he f**ked with the song. We look at AllHipHop.com like mentors and Vets in this entertainment business. So it was a huge honor to be on the site.

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The Fayette County spitta brings along his brethren Pyrex Pre$$, Young B and new-comer Gunner as the only features on this 12-track mixtape. Pyrex Pre$$ drops his signature lifestyle bars on “All This Money” & “I Got Money Now”. The video for “All This Money” was shot & directed by Rex Arrow. Another person Luke-O has networked with during career. From opening up shows for Mac Miller and The Come Up Boys in Europe Rex took notice of the Moola Gang professionalism.

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It’s a blessing to have a guy like Rex Arrows who did videos for Mac Miller to hit us up to do a video. Plus to be a supporter and a fan. That is very rare these days. So its definitely a blessing.

The new-comer Gunner really caught my ear on the hustling anthem “24-7”. Luke-O was proud to talk about his amigo that seldomly puts out music. The talent is something to definitely check for.

Uh huh! Gunner got a catalog. He definitely somebody who I respect like a brother and he got them bars.

LaCoste Bo$$ is a dope collection of music and a great way to reintroduce Luke-O to the masses. That was definitely one thing he wanted make sure the fans and listeners to understand.”I feel like I have to reintroduce myself as a rapper,” Luke-O replies and he understands he has to hit the streets and get his name out in the city. By passing this mixtape is a L in the stat book. Luke-O is one of those talents that will definitely sneak up on your television screen.

I’m trying to premier songs on Saturday Night Live. I want to have an interview with Ellen (Degeneress). That’s what we working for!

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STREAM LACOSTE BO$$: https://soundcloud.com/moolagangcashcows/sets/lacosteboss

DOWNLOAD LACOSTE BO$$: http://www.datpiff.com/Luke-O-Lacoste-Bo-mixtape.645586.html

Love for the Music: Miss Money’s G-Season [@RobertTydes, @ItsMISSMONEY]

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This past week, I took the time to listen to Hip-Hop coming out of Pittsburgh, Pa. Miss Money, out of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, is an up-and-coming female artist, bringing a holistic perspective of the good, the bad, and everything in between, of living to get out the streets. The mixtape, Titled G-Season hosted by Dj Skroog Mkduk, is music for anyone about the grind, their hustle, hard work, fun, and uplifting the people.

It provides a glimpse of what it is to be a product of The Projects. G-Season speaks to the dreams any street kid may dream, and simultaneously depicts the journey that The Streets provide in order to make it out to a better life. Track selection gives you Miss Money’s take on her journey, coming up as a product of foster care and the criminal system. The mixtape also speaks to Miss Money’s understanding of the demand and toll the street life takes. The entirety of the mixtape give’s pain and joy, also, reflection and vision. Its all her! Miss Money’s passion and joy certainly shows! You can feel the energy and visualize the direction Money is taking with the collaboration of Street-inspired lyrics and a multitude of Rock, Pop, Electronic, and Hip-Hop sounds.

There are tracks to bump in the Ol’ School; the SS can cruise or thump, listening to sounds of tracks like Swahvy or Raised in the Projects. Your party can get popping with tracks like Smoke N Drank & Money, or, your thoughts & opinions can get a spark with sounds, and lyrics, with tracks like Labels, and Freestyle (in the booth). I have to give my respects for putting the interview on the disc. It opened me up to hearing more of what Miss Money is about and the motivation behind the music. The interview is definitely something I’d like to see more in mixtape and album releases. It’s one thing to spit or sing, to put your message out, but it carries significant weight, in my opinion, to articulate who you are and what you stand for in your everyday voice! With that, Big Kudos for providing a that insight to your listeners Miss Money.

All in all, I enjoyed my ride arounds over the week and Holiday Weekend, getting to know Miss Money through her music. G-Season is fuel for the ride Miss Money is on. Give it a listen. Download it at DatPitff’s website. Check Miss Money @itsMissMoney on Twitter: @SKROOGMKDUK for DJ Skroog Mkduk. That’s all folks! Thanks for reading! Elevation over Stagnation Always.

Download Link: http://www.datpiff.com/Miss-Money-G-season-mixtape.637044.html

-Tydes [@RobertTydes]


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Ace Hood’s Official DJ talks Trials and Tribulations Tour: @DJSylent Interview

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Inside: Valholla Presents “Tour Life with DJ Sylent: From Inner City to International Territory”

DJ Sylent emerged on the Miami hip hop scene in 2007, quickly establishing his ability to rock with the mainstream South Beach club crowd, meanwhile catering to the streets and strip clubs by taking up residency at Coco’s Miami. In 2008 he connected with Valholla Entertainment, developing a successful partnership and mixtape series which culminated in August with the release of his debut compilation album “S.O.D: Thought Process” featuring some of South Florida’s hottest new talent including label mate Kirby Maurier. This summer DJ Sylent was asked to take on the new role of tour DJ, joining We The Best Music Group recording artist Ace Hood on the Trials & Tribulations World Tour. Here’s Inside: Valholla’s interview with DJ Sylent.

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[REVIEW] A.M.I.Y.R. "Life’s Still Sweet" (MIXTAPE) Download+Listen [@_AMIYR]

Vinny Radio "BROKE" EP Produced by P.Swish [@VinnyRadio, @SwisherPFischer]

Vinny Radio, one half of the two man Most Dope hip-hop group The Come Up released his “BROKE” EP recently. “Broke” was entirely produced by Pittsburgh based producer P.Swish (@SwisherPFischer) and mixed down at ID Labs by well-known engineer/producer Big Jerm. Vinny takes us on a trip with his smooth delivery and outstanding wordplay. Featured on “Broke” is the captain of the Most Dope movement Mac Miller, Franchise (The Come Up), and vocal support from Dylan Reynolds. If your are looking for substance and bars with a twist of charisma. Download this tape. Vinny opens up about his upbringing in a witty way just to show he is a real dude. No gimmics or faking with the Come Up boy. P.Swish production is ahead of the curve and experimentary with dope samples but not overwhelming the delivery of Radio.

Lights "Cult Classic EP" Review [@LightsIsLive]

LIGHTS, Pittsburgh hip-hop artist released his latest musical collection Cult Classic EP. Lights has been on a major run releasing a lot of freestyles and one-off singles from the project. His first mixtape Fade to Black dropped a year ago and he gained some ground in the Pittsburgh music scene. Within the year he faced a lot of trials, from friends not taking his craft serious, not getting the response he wanted from the debut mixtape, to having personal issues and real life situations. Through all the ups and downs Lights used his music to vent his frustration. From the beginning of the tape he allows people in on a secret “I’m truly the best in my city ain’t nobody f**kin with me.” Lights never the one to bite his tongue or fade to black on his feeling toward the hip hop scene. The introduction track “Cult Classic” flows right into the first song on the tape “Rufio”. The production is real bouncy and hypnotizing on the track as Lights explains to you how he feels about punching a time-clock, “F**k a nine to five, I was made to shine.” The mini skit on “Curse” is very attention grabbing and sets up “Breakdown”. Lights, navigates through this Halloween-Trippy beat. The slow down voice gives you that ASAP Mob type feel. “Lion” is a more of classic Lights track and the hook shows you how confident he is as an artist. “Rocket Power” was the second single he released via SoundCloud.com. This track was laced by Mazik production and gives you inside on who is Lights favorite basketball team the LA Lakers(we won’t hold this against him). Lights only has one rapper feature on this extended play. His real life friend Frank Wright jumps on the hook for this swag track “Bout It” and the connection does a good job maneuvering this intricate beat. The second feature on this project was from Robert Tydes a upcoming Spoken Word/R&B/Rap artist from North Carolina. Tydes handles the hook on the “Sleep Over” song. The track helps wind down the project so the ladies can get into mode. The sleep over turned into a “Coma” as the duo of Frank Wright and Lights explicitly explains what they would do to a female counterpart. They easily turned the PG-13 EP into a Rated X movie. Lights takes it to another level for “N.U.N.L.” by showcasing his growing lyrical skills. The beat for this song sounds awesome in some Monster Headphones. This should be the next video off the Cult Classic EP in my opinion. Lights concludes his extended play with the song that was featured on HipHopDX.com “Juice x Patron”. The sky is the limit for the talented and heavily motivated Burgh EmCee. Take a second and download the new project off of the SoundCloud.com. 

The 20/20 Experience Blog by @prettyoutspkn – [REVIEW]

Justin Timberlake took a step back from the spotlight to live his life. Newly married to actress Jessica Biel, Timberlake has proven himself again exactly why he’s bringing sexy back. Infusing pop, soul, and R&B into his latest project, The 20/20 Experience, he has that “it” factor that music has been craving for a while. His song “Mirrors” is an oath to true love. Timberlake has solidified his title as the “Prince of Pop”

ACE HOOD “STARVATION 2” MIXTAPE REVIEW #prezThoughts

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Ace Hood returns with the STARVATION II Mixtape. The mixtape sounds and vibes like an album. The reason why this mixtape will put Ace Hood in the conversation of being a very consistent spitta. When he first hit the scene we thought he was just DJ Khaled side kick and at the time We The Best was so heavily flooded with dope talent Ace got overlooked. That was my fault. As I revisit this Floridian’s collage of features and singles. He was spitting from the beginning. Then he went away for a summer then returned with ‘Hustle Hard’ and I really started paying closer attention. When I was in Miami during the Memorial Day weekend literally saw the hustle first hand. He was everywhere and you had to pay homage to the hustle. Now on to the review.

ROOT OF EVIL(PRODUCED BY YOUNG CHOP) – First things first Young Chop’s beats makes me wish I continued to study the art of rapping. This beat puts you in a deep trance and when the lyrics meet the production RIP. “Why the devil keep on fvckin with me,” every real ninja has asked himself this question a time or two. Even though he references Chief Keef Ace didn’t use the Chicago rappers style. As many people do when they get on a Young Chop beat. Ace kept it original with creative bars and rode the beat nicely.

GOIN DOWN FT MEEK MILL(PROD BY LEE ON THE BEATS) – Think this is my first time hearing Meek Mill and Ace Hood on a track together. This beat is simplistic at best and sounds familiar. It makes you bob your head and that’s a plus.

GOT DAMN ft PLIES(PROD BY THE RENEGADES) – Ace Hood really talked his shit on this track. Think I would’ve did the same thing. This beat sounds like some Star Wars meets the Trap type of production. Plies…well he didn’t make me turn the song off.

FUCK EM ALL ft FRENCH MONTANA(PROD BY 2 TALL) – This is a good track with French Montana. French Montana is on a few other tracks. Ace Hood used him good with this one though. Allowing the Coke Boy to do what he does best. In this rap game if you don’t have an explosive hook you’re losing and French is good for a tight hook. Ace addresses the haters with this one, “20 Jesus pieces crackers think I’m selling dope.”

FUCK DA WORLD(PROD BY YOUNG CHOP) – The title may put you in state of Deja Vu but the truth is this is a deep song. Ace talks about the Colorado shooting, school shooting, senseless shooting in the hood, and corrupt government officials. The bells in this beat definitely a good touch, Young Chop must be a professional. “What kind a fool will walk in a school and off them angels.”

LIL NIGGA(INTERLUDE PRODUCED BY THE RENEGADES) – Ace Hood takes the time to do a little classic hip hop storytelling. This is another skill of the Florida rapper. Storytelling and painting a picture is what the culture is based on. Most going to miss the message.

WHY(PRODUCED BY LV) – This would’ve been a dope track to have JadaKiss on. Ace Hood adjusts the title of the track to ask some questions. “I wonder why they sleeping on me?” The flow of the track was decent. Although Jada did this a while back.

WANT 4 NOTHING(PROD BY THE BEAT BULLY) – The Beat Bully comes through with a nice feel good beat. I wonder how this got away from Meek Mill. This is dope feel good track. I like the fact Ace Hood gives props and looks out for his mom. He addressed that on every track.

M.O.B. ft CHOO CHOO(PROD BY YOUNG CHOP) – “Lord Knows I’m Go Getter, I Chase that Money Every 24.” This track is a good work out jam. Definitely going to put this in my training mix. Every one should have a dope training mix. This better be in your iPod or you’re not training right. The new comer Choo Choo didn’t take away from the energy of the song.

TAKE YO BITCH(PROD BY THE MONARCH) – But Ace why you want to take my bitch?? What did I do to you?? Well if you take my bitch she wasn’t a rider in the first place. I can hear this song in the club. Hopefully I will have my shorty by the end of the track though.

ON RIGHT NOW(PROD BY THE MONARCH ) & FAMOUS GIRL(PROD BY THE MONARCH/KENT JONES) – The one thing I would say is the production is nice. Ace Hood held his own with the hooks but, Famous Girl sounds a lot like  H2O by Wale. On Right Now sounds a lot like Young & Gettin It by Meek Mill x Kirko Bangz.

ART OF DECEPTION – The emotion on the first verse is evidence that Ace been going through some female problems.  “Cold World keep your sweater close,” Ace Hood on his Joe Budden shit right now. On the real side Ace came clean in these bars. The deep emotion in the verses shows the poetic flow Ace posses.

MOTIVE ft Kevin Cossom(PROD BY JAHLIL BEATS) – Motive, shows that Ace Hood is expanding his lyrical reach. The production by Jahlil Beats straight dope shit. Kevin Cossom stays in pocket with the vocals and brings the track to life. This is going in the late night mix on the iPod.

BALL 4 EVA(PROD BY DANE CASH) – “The family that starve together, hustle together, got rich together, I pray we Ball 4 eva!!” A reflective tale on the come up of Ace Hood. Dane Cash did a good job on the beat.

JUST A SAMPLE(INTERLUDE) (PROD BY BEN BILLIONS) – This may be one of my favorite beats on the mixtape. Ben Billions made a soulful beat for this Interlude.

THIS N THAT ft FRENCH MONTANA(PROD BY THE RENEGADES) – Another dope soulful beat supplied by The Renegades. French Montana featured on the hook and sounds a little Future-like. This n That is the single that was released for promotion of the Mixtape.

TRAILER(PROD BY CARDIAK) – The percussion is dope on this track salute to Cardiak. Ace went hard on this track and the beat didn’t drown out his verses. Ace didn’t have to do a lot of screaming to show he can go in.

DEC 31ST(PROD BY BEN BILLIONS) – DJ Khaled stated that “Ace Hood is one of the best rappers out,” rather you agree with him or not is your opinion. “90% of the rap game has stolen his flow.” Those are some huge statements and claims. What do you think?? This Track though Ace Hood murks this beat by Ben Billions. Ace Hood should be among the ranks of talked about MC’s. I will agree that he is one of the most slept on spittas in the game.  He even has a drop by President Obama. Dope!

DOWNLOAD HEREhttp://www.datpiff.com/Ace-Hood-Starvation-2-mixtape.435722.html

PREZ VIDS | Trayce “Stretch It Out” W.A.T. 2 Mixtape (Official Video) @TheRealTrayce

Trayce dropped his newest video last week. “Stretch It Out” is the single off the W.A.T. 2 Mixtape. The Sacramento spitta is most certainly on his grind. Check out the Mixtape and this Visual. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealTrayce.

#prezThoughts: Big Sean’s Detroit Mixtape [Review]

#prezThoughts: Big Sean’s Detroit Mixtape [Review]

#Detroit will be remembered as the most complete mixtape of the year. The scary thing about this mixtape is Big Sean has been putting together mixtapes like this one for years. The soulful, raunchy, vivid imagery, and bouncy beats of #Detroit has attracted a lot of attention from new and old fans. The facts are Big Sean’s album wasn’t promoted as it could and should have been but the artist believed in his talents. Once the single ‘Ass’ dropped and the music video pushed the artist into the forefront. Then he dropped the song ‘My Last’ that sent the critics into a frenzy. Since many G.O.O.D. music fans have been awaiting the ‘Cruel Summer’ mixtape this drop has filled a void. #Detriot shows that the Supa Dupa flow of Big Sean has evolved into a more consistent rap artist.

The stories by Common, Young Jeezy, and Snoop Dogg Lion was good touch as well. The feel of an album but in a mixtape format. This is a good choice to download. The arrangements of dope original beats and good production by Key Wane, Mano 4 Treated Crew, and Young Chop to name a few. The well placed features are notable. Track 2 featured artist was J. Cole and the title fit the feel of the production “24K of Gold.” Juicy J and King Chip on Experimental was a nice combination of Trippy individuals. He showed his ratchet side with collaborating with French Montana on ‘Mula’. The controversial hook will surely catch some Right Wingers and Bible thumpers attention. Hopefully they listening to the first line in the song. “After God, After my family, I aint gonna front aint nothing more important than success than getting it!” Royce Da 5’9 another Detroit flag waver also featured on the song ‘100’. Royce da 5’9 brings the passion to this song and leaves with a great message.

Selling Dreams has a feature once again from Chris Brown these two have been making a few hits together. This one definitely doesn’t disappoint. The song is certainly up Chris Brown’s alley with a lot of female relationship connotations throughout the song. Not to be out done Jhene Aiko blesses the ‘Im Gonna Be’ track with her melodic voice and not to mention she is beautiful. Big Sean caught a flight to the west coast and got Tyga on the new stripper song of the week ‘Do What I Gotta Do’. This song puts you right in the strip club. Well what would you expect from Tyga and Big Sean? He ends the tape with two special guest. Firs his tourmate Wale on the front side of Life Should Go On. Then the beat dropped and a guitar was added which queued Wiz Khalifa to rip the beat.

From top to bottom this is a dope listen! I gotta keep it real I wasn’t surprised that he made some good songs on this tape. I was surprised Kanye allowed this to drop without saving a couple of these songs for the album. Which is currently untitled but Big Sean did state in a few interviews that “The album is pretty much finished,” so until then we will enjoy this gem.

#prezThoughts: Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 [Review]

#prezThoughts: Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 Mixtape [Review]

One of the most controversial but highly anticipated mixtape this summer dropped recently. Dedication 4 hit datpiff.com and the flood gates were opened. The bloggers like myself could not wait to get our “paws on it.”   Lil Wayne has pushed this mixtape back numerous times for numerous reasons. One of the most commendable reasons was because of 2 Chainz (Titty Boy) debut solo Album B.O.A.T.S. (Based On A Tru Story) was going to be released simultaneously. Wayne stated “I pushed Dedication 4 back so the whole world can focus on my brother 2 Chainz,” as they should. This move just made him once again a target in the media’s eyes. Even though he did a very self-less move and allowed 2 Chainz to have the spotlight all to himself. For all of the Lil Wayne fans of the world we understand the history behind the title. ‘Dedication 2’ was the beginning of Lil Wayne’s maturation in the hip hop universe. Then he put out ‘Dedication 3’ were he relentlessly attacked everyone’s beat and made it his own song.

With that type of standard to live up too Lil Wayne decided to go in once again before he was locked up for a year. Before his incarceration he released ‘No Ceilings’ which murdered most rappers albums. Even Jay-Z stated that he needed to send the D.O.A. beat to “the Mixtape Weezy,” which doubled as a jab and acknowledgment of what Weezy has done to the Mixtape Game. With all that being said lets talk ‘Dedication 4’.

Dedication 4 is a mirror of what Lil Wayne is currently doing in his life. He proclaimed he is done taking drugs and trying to get off other controlled substances. So he obviously has immersed himself in the business side of his career with heavy promo lines for his skate-hop clothing company ‘Truk Fit’ in almost every song. He also is doing a lot of women and more power to him. Every song has at least ten to twelve BARS dedicated to having sex with a redbone in many different positions. The one thing that is very clear in each song his voice is obviously higher pitch. Even local hip hop rapper turned Mega Star Mac Miller states he can tell the difference. “His voice is higher pitch when he is sober Wayne,” Mac Miller stated in an interview with New York’s Power 105.1 Morning show ‘The Breakfast Club’. Sober Wayne is still Top 10 dead or alive and in a large percentage of real hip hop heads mind he is probably Top 5.

Dedication 4 does have some notable songs like ‘Burn, I Don’t Like, and Wish You Would’ Weezy went crazy on this song. On the song ‘Magic’ I think he left some tricks up his sleeve. The pregame song for the Fall is ‘No Worries’ point blank period. He showed flashes of being bored in some songs like ‘Amen, No Lie, Cashed Out and obviously in ‘Green Ranger’. It was pretty classic of Wayne to put a few of his YMCMB members on the mixtape like Nicki Minaj, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, and newbie Flo but what surprised me the most was the Freezer burnt member Boo. Where did you find Boo at and where is Gotti? Wayne also reached out to Jeezy, Lil Mouse a Chi-town up and comer, and J-Cole. Dedication showed that he is dedicated to the Brand of Lil Wayne.

The Brand of Lil Wayne is way more important in this stage of his career.Therefore some of his antics on songs are just to promote the brand. Wayne has always been on the weird side remember he was calling himself an alien before Kid Cudi went to the Moon. He was started playing a guitar before B.O.B. appeared on the Billboards. So the fact that he is trying to make money doing skate board tricks and selling Truk Fit to the masses shouldn’t surprise anyone at all. The one thing that we should be surprised at is the fact that he goes back into the studio after all these years. His skills may have dipped a little bit due to his lack of drug use and the creativity may have disappeared as well. Do me a favor ask your local rapper if he would trade places with Sober or Intoxicated Wayne? I already know the answer to that. HYFR!

#prezThoughts: Big Sean’s Detroit Mixtape [Review]

#prezThoughts: Big Sean’s Detroit Mixtape [Review]

#Detroit will be remembered as the most complete mixtape of the year. The scary thing about this mixtape is Big Sean has been putting together mixtapes like this one for years. The soulful, raunchy, vivid imagery, and bouncy beats of #Detroit has attracted a lot of attention from new and old fans. The facts are Big Sean’s album wasn’t promoted as it could and should have been but the artist believed in his talents. Once the single ‘Ass’ dropped and the music video pushed the artist into the forefront. Then he dropped the song ‘My Last’ that sent the critics into a frenzy. Since many G.O.O.D. music fans have been awaiting the ‘Cruel Summer’ mixtape this drop has filled a void. #Detriot shows that the Supa Dupa flow of Big Sean has evolved into a more consistent rap artist.

The stories by Common, Young Jeezy, and Snoop Dogg Lion was good touch as well. The feel of an album but in a mixtape format. This is a good choice to download. The arrangements of dope original beats and good production by Key Wane, Mano 4 Treated Crew, and Young Chop to name a few. The well placed features are notable. Track 2 featured artist was J. Cole and the title fit the feel of the production “24K of Gold.” Juicy J and King Chip on Experimental was a nice combination of Trippy individuals. He showed his ratchet side with collaborating with French Montana on ‘Mula’. The controversial hook will surely catch some Right Wingers and Bible thumpers attention. Hopefully they listening to the first line in the song. “After God, After my family, I aint gonna front aint nothing more important than success than getting it!” Royce Da 5’9 another Detroit flag waver also featured on the song ‘100’. Royce da 5’9 brings the passion to this song and leaves with a great message.

Selling Dreams has a feature once again from Chris Brown these two have been making a few hits together. This one definitely doesn’t disappoint. The song is certainly up Chris Brown’s alley with a lot of female relationship connotations throughout the song. Not to be out done Jhene Aiko blesses the ‘Im Gonna Be’ track with her melodic voice and not to mention she is beautiful. Big Sean caught a flight to the west coast and got Tyga on the new stripper song of the week ‘Do What I Gotta Do’. This song puts you right in the strip club. Well what would you expect from Tyga and Big Sean? He ends the tape with two special guest. Firs his tourmate Wale on the front side of Life Should Go On. Then the beat dropped and a guitar was added which queued Wiz Khalifa to rip the beat.

From top to bottom this is a dope listen! I gotta keep it real I wasn’t surprised that he made some good songs on this tape. I was surprised Kanye allowed this to drop without saving a couple of these songs for the album. Which is currently untitled but Big Sean did state in a few interviews that “The album is pretty much finished,” so until then we will enjoy this gem.

#prezThoughts: Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 [Review]

#prezThoughts: Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 Mixtape [Review]

One of the most controversial but highly anticipated mixtape this summer dropped recently. Dedication 4 hit datpiff.com and the flood gates were opened. The bloggers like myself could not wait to get our “paws on it.”   Lil Wayne has pushed this mixtape back numerous times for numerous reasons. One of the most commendable reasons was because of 2 Chainz (Titty Boy) debut solo Album B.O.A.T.S. (Based On A Tru Story) was going to be released simultaneously. Wayne stated “I pushed Dedication 4 back so the whole world can focus on my brother 2 Chainz,” as they should. This move just made him once again a target in the media’s eyes. Even though he did a very self-less move and allowed 2 Chainz to have the spotlight all to himself. For all of the Lil Wayne fans of the world we understand the history behind the title. ‘Dedication 2’ was the beginning of Lil Wayne’s maturation in the hip hop universe. Then he put out ‘Dedication 3’ were he relentlessly attacked everyone’s beat and made it his own song.

With that type of standard to live up too Lil Wayne decided to go in once again before he was locked up for a year. Before his incarceration he released ‘No Ceilings’ which murdered most rappers albums. Even Jay-Z stated that he needed to send the D.O.A. beat to “the Mixtape Weezy,” which doubled as a jab and acknowledgment of what Weezy has done to the Mixtape Game. With all that being said lets talk ‘Dedication 4’.

Dedication 4 is a mirror of what Lil Wayne is currently doing in his life. He proclaimed he is done taking drugs and trying to get off other controlled substances. So he obviously has immersed himself in the business side of his career with heavy promo lines for his skate-hop clothing company ‘Truk Fit’ in almost every song. He also is doing a lot of women and more power to him. Every song has at least ten to twelve BARS dedicated to having sex with a redbone in many different positions. The one thing that is very clear in each song his voice is obviously higher pitch. Even local hip hop rapper turned Mega Star Mac Miller states he can tell the difference. “His voice is higher pitch when he is sober Wayne,” Mac Miller stated in an interview with New York’s Power 105.1 Morning show ‘The Breakfast Club’. Sober Wayne is still Top 10 dead or alive and in a large percentage of real hip hop heads mind he is probably Top 5.

Dedication 4 does have some notable songs like ‘Burn, I Don’t Like, and Wish You Would’ Weezy went crazy on this song. On the song ‘Magic’ I think he left some tricks up his sleeve. The pregame song for the Fall is ‘No Worries’ point blank period. He showed flashes of being bored in some songs like ‘Amen, No Lie, Cashed Out and obviously in ‘Green Ranger’. It was pretty classic of Wayne to put a few of his YMCMB members on the mixtape like Nicki Minaj, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, and newbie Flo but what surprised me the most was the Freezer burnt member Boo. Where did you find Boo at and where is Gotti? Wayne also reached out to Jeezy, Lil Mouse a Chi-town up and comer, and J-Cole. Dedication showed that he is dedicated to the Brand of Lil Wayne.

The Brand of Lil Wayne is way more important in this stage of his career.Therefore some of his antics on songs are just to promote the brand. Wayne has always been on the weird side remember he was calling himself an alien before Kid Cudi went to the Moon. He was started playing a guitar before B.O.B. appeared on the Billboards. So the fact that he is trying to make money doing skate board tricks and selling Truk Fit to the masses shouldn’t surprise anyone at all. The one thing that we should be surprised at is the fact that he goes back into the studio after all these years. His skills may have dipped a little bit due to his lack of drug use and the creativity may have disappeared as well. Do me a favor ask your local rapper if he would trade places with Sober or Intoxicated Wayne? I already know the answer to that. HYFR!

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