MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Hollywood FLOSS, God's Forgotten Angel I doubt God has forgotten about Hollywood FLOSS. Well, he may have forgotten about his beloved Lakers last season, but that's beside the point. FLOSS represents one of those rap acts who could release a flurry of mixtapes, projects, untitled EPs and bootleg tapes with scratches in the material that doesn't follow any true chronological order, and he'd still have a slew of fans behind him.
God's Forgotten Angel isn't stuck to a unique concept like FLOSS' Xperiment series, where he asked bloggers to pick out their favorites, nor is it trapped in a motif like debut hard-copy album House of Dreams. If it truly wanted to stick to a concept, it should have been FLOSS and maybe Rob Jay or hasHBrown (both appear here separately) joining together and acting like Loki and Azrael from Dogma, trying their damnedest to rap their way back to heaven.
Rather, GFA sticks to being a standard mixtape where FLOSS can utilize his strengths -- a nimble flow, producer Chris Rockaway and his own Sweet Valley High squad on standby -- and try their best to keep him away from rapping for the sake of rapping. It's not a colossal tape by any stretch at 11 tracks, including a remix with Ro Ransom and Trademark Da Skydiver, so we're talking about FLOSS with a sense of brevity strapped to his back. Not the greatest thing in the world when you're standing next to guys who think battering you over the head with bars and slang works for five minutes plus.
That briefness, that small window of opportunity FLOSS gives himself allows him to try and not pack chuckle-worthy lines next to his rather good ones. Tracks like "Bo Dallas" take up the WWE idea of believing in someone who may truly be an asshole at heart. "R.N.O." takes a bit of corny charm (which kind of makes FLOSS work at times, but also fails him) and throws it up against a snazzy saxophone backdrop while still screaming "fuck a major label" like it still means something to truly be independent.
Best Track: "100 %" (feat. Rob Jay): After threatening retirement (or semi-retirement), Rob Jay comes back hard and with purpose here. With a tape littered with so many hungry-man rap flows, this is the best of the bunch. A nice little preview for the upcoming T.H.E.M. project.
Slim Thug feat. DeLorean & Doughbeezy, "0-100" I'm shocked. Slim Thug, when pushed by the right instruments, will rap his ass off and step his bars up beyond his usual standard of bossing and stacking paper. When taking on Drake's string-and-drum masterpiece that is "0 to 100," he can get outright despicable describing his own version of throwback Thursday.
Thank the heavens Doughbeezy and DeLorean snake-charmed Thugga into putting his lyrics to where his bank account is on this one. The younger rappers might have more to prove than Slim on this but considering the lob he threw them, the pass had to be absolutely perfect. By the way, did we have a running count going on how often Dough finished a verse with the same word for extra emphasis or no?
BeatKing feat. Gangsta Boo & Lil Flip, "Like A Pimp 2K15" If the Lord parted the heavens and decided that a BeatKing collaboration with Gangsta Boo and Lil Flip was worth every penny, he'd tell us so. And then he did. BeatKing somehow is a third character on his latest track featuring the Memphis legend and Flip Gates, mainly because flow-wise, Gangsta Boo sounds like she's been listening to "Stick Em Up" with Gucci Mane for a minute; Flip, meanwhile, thinks he's back in his prime rhyming "Memphis," "percentage" and tremendous" back to back to back inside one stanza, like he's a starter once more on the Houston Rap All-Star team.
Now if those braids would just remove themselves from his head and float away...
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Dirty N Nasty, "Down By Law" A week or so ago, I half-gave props to The Outfit, TX for being a rap group from the South doing the Lord's work by jumping on a tour with Run the Jewels for a few select dates this fall.
Then Dirty N Nasty decided they really were closer to being near Killer Mike and El-P by releasing "Down By Law," a large riff on Mike's "Big Beast" from R.A.P. Music and decide to be utterly pissed off about everything -- fakes, friends getting fired on their day off and more. It takes some guts to jump on a Killer Kill track period, never mind do it a bit of justice by coming correct.
Rollie Vogues, "The Grind" Speak easy raps are sort of a thing for me: you get the right about of dreariness packed into a single while discussing how you're eventually going to make it; just be patient and I'm usually sold. Rollie Vogues originally came into my scope close to a year ago with his "Dope And All" track, and "The Grind" represents more of the same for him.
If Doeman, a Latin contemporary of his, raps in a warped pitch and already packs a sense that he's a superhero soon to be shot out of a cannon, then Vogues would be his antithesis: a laid-back renegade who'd rather achieve it on his own terms in a cloud of smoke. Need more music from him, though.
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