Weekly Mixtape Round-Up: Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Jean Grae, Problem, and More
Hey, it's the day after 4th of July! This isn't exactly a holiday, but it is for everyone who got fucked up the night before and needed a day to recover before starting your shitty work week. As always, rappers released projects on a holiday because they hate letting the Internet ever rest. Because there were a million different things that dropped, I am once again taking matters into my own anti-patriotic hands and posting whatever the hell I want today. Maybe it's a mixtape? Maybe it's an album? Maybe it's an old-ass Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" dubstep remix because I don't give a fuck about your feelings? You'll have to read on and find out.
Lil Wayne - 'FWA'
FWA stands for "Free Weezy Album," and Wayne dropped this as a July 4th treat. For anyone who listens to Young Thug and claims "he sounds like Wayne," this project should shut you all up. The project opens with "He's Dead," which is total flames, taking a sample from As Animals' "I See Ghost (Ghost Gunfighters)" and a Wayne pullquote of "Rest In Peace to the Cash Money Weezy / Gone, but not forgotten." Actually, the whole project is pretty nice. "I Feel Good" has the potential to be a more profane version of Pharrell's "Happy," while Tune tones it down a few times for "My Heart Races On," "London Roads," and the closer, "Pick Up Your Heart." He gets Trappy on "Murda" and the hyper-lyrical "Post Bail Ballin." Cameos aren't necessary, but there are some—including a lukewarm Wiz Khalifa feature on "Living Right" and a spazzed-out verse from Jeezy on "White Girl." Some other people show up, but whatever. Wayne's the real star here.
Problem - 'Mollywood 3: The Relapse (Side A)'
Not really sure why we needed two different "sides" of Mollywood 3, but okay. If you liked Welcome To Mollywood and Welcome To Mollywood 2, then this is pretty on brand, but Problem feels a little more confident here. While he's always been about the slick talk, he seems to be slightly more aware of his growing buzz this time around. Okay let me stop talking because I have a whole other "Side" to write about. Anyway, "Side A" is pretty good. Okay, bye.
Problem - 'Mollywood 3: The Relapse (Side B)'
Is it wrong to call "Side B" the "side" with the name-brand rappers on it? That's wrong, right? I mean, I actually don't care what you think, but I'm just being polite. So anyway, if Side A was like Problem with an underground ego, Side B is the mainstream ego. IAMSU! is on this one, Omarion, Freddie Gibbs, etc. The arrogance is on full tilt here too.
Gucci Mane - 'Trapology'
Of course Gucci Mane dropped a mixtape in time for the 4th of July holiday. He drops a mixtape for every other goddamn occasion. You know why I fux with Trapology though? Because this mixtape isn't about the goofy shit. This is a very bold statement that while everyone is running around saying "Trap this" and "Trap that," La Flare was birthing these trap babies. And that real Guwop trap sound has very much returned on this project. 'Bout time.
Rocko - 'Real Spill'
Rocko's back! You'll either aggressively care about this news or not give a single fuck. If it's the former, then Real Spill will make you very happy because Rocko's on his A-game. Not gonna lie though, this is not the most upbeat project in the world. In fact, it's kind of depressing. Maybe there's a little too much "real spill" going on. Like shit, Rocko, throw us a turn-up track to lift our spirits or something.
Jean Grae - 'SAIX'
Well, isn't this some sexy shit from Jean Grae?! Here for it. Here for all of it. Six tracks, enough to get the point across as we get another dimension from our beloved Jeanie.
Jean Grae - 'iSweatergawd'
Yup, mentioning both Jean Grae projects from this past week. If SAIX is like sexy sing-songy Jeanie, this is rappity rapper Jeanie. There are some singing elements on here too (i.e. parts of "Falling Down"), but for the most part Jean's a'rappin. Quelle Chris gets two cameos and Tanya Morgan shows up too to rep the Sweater Gawd. Who wouldn't though?
Mike WiLL Made-It - '#InstrumentalTuesdays Volume 5'
This week, Mike WiLL brings three more of his instrumentals with Brandy's "Do You Know What You Have?", Future's "Sh!t," and the Mike WiLL track "Own Drugs." I wonder when he's gonna call this series quits, because it feels like it's been going on for five years now.
Carly Rae Jepsen - 'Call Me Maybe' (Jeffro Dubstep Remix)
See? Told you so...