Logic is back, well at least mixtape Logic is back. If you don’t know the difference between mixtape and album Logic then all you need to know is that mixtape Logic is the most contemporary version of himself, meaning more trap beats and braggadocio and less concepts and meaningful lyrics. It’s a fact that’s explained in hilarious fashion by Rick and Morty (yes, the actual Rick and Morty) in the tape’s opening track. What’s to follow after that opening is approximations of whatever sounds seem to be intriguing him at this moment and while they’re all mostly enjoyable, there’s nothing here that had me in any sort of rush to run back again. In fact, the entire tape feels like a ‘I can do that too, but better’ type of situation and while lyrically and rapping wise he may be better than a lot of the ‘pop’ rappers out there, the songs don’t carry that same sort of swag or impact as theirs. These are more watered down versions of what’s already out there and popular, and when you’re whole premise of a tape is jacking styles, then this becomes a major problem. He doesn’t do any of these styles better than the popular acts out there doing it, and he doesn’t really bring any of the things that have set him apart in the first place, so I just walked away from this feeling like it was unnecessary project that didn’t accomplish any of it’s goals.
Effected is a really solid introduction to the world at large for Cozz and shows massive potential and room for growth, but ultimately it runs into the same problems a lot of the more 'conscious' rappers run into. Much like his label owner's early days in his career, Cozz is still trying to find that fine balance between serious and entertaining but he's got all the tools at his disposal and I expect he'll learn a lot from this project.
Nipsey Hussle's raps are full of motivation and 'game' (a la early Jeezy) and he's very much the voice of the people; he represents that west coast lifestyle to the fullest. Victory Lap is about on par with his past albums, just good to great west coast hip-hop that doesn't look to shake things up too much - he knows his lane very well and sticks to it. If you're a fan of Nipsey then you'll love this one too, but if you never a fan before, I don't see much here to change your mind.
No Dope on Sundays once again reinforced Cyhi The Prynce's immense ability as a lyricist but still left me with uncertainty about him as a true 'star' in hip-hop. Despite this, it's still a very good album and the fact that it finally saw the light of day is a big first step in the right direction.
“Bobby, tell me who really ’bout it Bitch, I doubt it, not a single person work harder than Bobby Just wrote a novel, starrin’ in a movie Built another business while you at the party Ain’t one to flex, but yeah I’m finna flex I just parked that new i8 right next to the Audi”
Have you heard Bobby Tarantino II? What’d you think about it? Do you think he accomplished what he set out to? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions to the mixtape.
Logic – Bobby Tarantino II Reaction
Bobby Tarantino II feels like a 'I can do that too, but better' type of situation and while lyrically and rapping wise he may be better than a lot of the 'pop' rappers out there, the songs don't carry that same sort of swag or impact as theirs. These are more watered down versions of what's already out there and popular, and when you're whole premise of a tape is jacking styles, then this becomes a major problem.