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Mixtape Monday: Kirko Bangz's Progression IV, etc.

Kirko Bangz, Progression IV A Kirko Bangz mixtape released in the tail end of March exists only to serve two real purposes. One is to keep your little sister at bay while Bangz's Bigger Than Me project continues to be tightened up until its scheduled June release; second, to toss out a handful of new and sort-of old Kirko records for the sake of not overloading your senses with a number of songs that will no doubt own both radio stations for an extended period of time. In short, he's the gaudy prince of Houston rap's Persia, and we're all servants.

But the fourth of these Progression mixtapes (a special edition of the PK4 mixtape that arrived a year ago) is more Kirko freewheeling over industry beats than legitimately rapping with something to prove. That's how you get "Love Rihanna," a ludicrous cut where Drake's "Girls Love Beyoncé" gets remixed into a flat-out twangy ode to doing anything to win Drake's new girlfriend, and "Don't Matter to Me," where Bangz falls for a chick who's pretty much been with every Houston rapper (Doughbeezy, Slim Thug and Propain get name-checked) but much like Justin Bieber's original, he'll still wear his heart out for her.

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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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