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Before I get into this, I have to say that I have not heard the original Trunk Muzik mixtape, so I can’t compare this one to the original (I know, I’ve been sleeping). All I can say is YelaWolf sounds a lot more comfortable and focused here than he did on his Radioactive album. Everything is just better here, from the production to the guest features. There’s also a good balance of vibes with nothing being overdone. With only ten songs on this mixtape, just three of them have guest features (most notably Killer Mike, Raekwon, Paul Wall and A$AP Rocky), and for the most part they all effectively add to the music and make the project better.
As for YelaWolf himself, he shows that he’s a master hip-hop vocalist, with a wide range of different deliveries shown within any given song. He can flow smoothly to almost any beat, yet knows when to turn up and get hyped, and he can even get into some singing to create a real spacey type of vibe when the beat calls for it. It’s so easy to sound cluttered and make a mess of things when you use a whole lot of vocal layers in your recording, but Yelawolf pulls it off nicely and he shows why he deserves to be on that Shady Records roster. While YelaWolf doesn’t necessarily blow me away with his lyricism, he’s consistently good throughout the entire project and doesn’t give any reason to hate. My only issue is that thick southern accent, which I find hard to vibe with, but that’s just because I’m from Canada and I rarely ever hear people talk with that accent.
My Grade (based on how well I connected with it, no disrespect if your experience was different): B
Come back to my blog tomorrow to see which album or mixtape came in at #24 on my countdown!