Review : French Montana - Cocaine Mafia
Hip Hop DXCocaine Mafia opens with dialogue from Hip Hop’s requisite gangster flick, Scarface, "We gotta expand/The whole operation. Distribution/New York, Chicago, LA/We gotta set our own mark/and enforce it." Commendable, albeit trite goals. The cast delivers on its individual parts on the lengthy 17-track set: haunting, guttural beats, plenty of chest-thumping and Juicy J’s shrieking “Shut the fuck up!” ad libs. There’s no shortage of quippy one-liners like "Speak in dollar signs/you might need a translator" on “Catch Ya Later” or woozy, drug and sex-laden fare (“All She Wants Is Money”). French Montana’s smooth and even flow serves its purpose but sometimes falls flat lyrically. "I bes the bomb like the Taliban", he raps in a particularly low point on the underwhelming “Self Made” featuring Akon.
Contrast this with Three-Six-Mafia and Project Pat’s deft, hilarious and entertaining rhymes and things get easily muddied instead of being complementary. Fun, strip club-ready cuts like “Helicopter” and “Weed & Hennessy” work because they’re reminiscent of classic Three-Six/Project Pat instead of trying to create an inorganic new blend. “Out like Chief Wahoo/hoo/Take a pull then I pass it back to you/you/Hennessy and some coke in my cup man/Pull that penis out my broad gone suck man,” Project Pat raps on the latter track. Half-joking, half-dead ass serious, it begs us to impatiently wonder when the next full effort will drop from the Memphis cadre....full text
Prefix MagBefore you even think of skipping this text to start listening to this mixtape in the player below, think of the following for a second: what are you expecting from a mixtape called Cocaine Mafia? Seriously, do you think Juicy J, Project Pat, and French Montana are going to rap something other than getting fucked up and selling coke on here? OK, good, you better not, because otherwise you might not be able to enjoy the trap-insanity that is Cocaine Mafia. Just crank up the bass, turn off your brain, and embrace the ignorant shit. It's good for the soul. Sometimes. ...full text
Hip hop MixtapeI had to put this mixtape up because I know it is going to be the hottest in the streets. When three artsists like this get together it’s a guarantee to be a hit. As expected Cocaine Mafia is raw. It has that classic Juicy J production style that is super catchy. Since the mixtape just came out I’ve only listened to a few tracks but so far what I hear is just as good as expected. I haven’t listened to any French Montana in a while and I must admit I forgot how sick he was. He has this catchy style that is unlike anything I’ve heard listen...full text
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