Review : Pill - The Epidemic
ExclaimPill has struggled to live up to his hype since being crowned one of XXL's freshmen in 2010. The rapper recently split with Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group, so The Epidemic serves to re-establish Pill's forte: balancing hood narratives with frank introspection. He handles street tales ably (i.e., Twista-aided banger "Parkin Lot"), but Pill truly thrives when he muses about harder times, his hunger palpable through his throaty bark. "It's So Hard" and "Memories" feature Pill reflecting on his fond and not-so-fond recollections of a rough childhood over dusty, wailing soul loops. The rapper sounds pained kicking game on "I'm So Player" and "Chill Out," so earnest "dear mama" dedication "Why It Gotta Be Like Dis" comes as a fine corrective....full text
Xxl MagThe beginning of 2012 has been an odd time for Pill. To start off the year, after admitting frustration with his label, the braided rapper copped to having never actually been signed to Maybach Music Group. He and the crew parted ways, and though the words have been kind on both sides, the story and controversy have dominated the conversation on Pill. With the release of his mixtape The Epidemic, though, the Atlanta native does his best to bring the external focus back onto his music.
On the DJ Holiday-hosted project, Pill again artfully exhibits that he’s most comfortable making two kinds of songs: on one end, there are his tales of the trap; on the other, he becomes open and introspective....full text
All hip hopThe beginning of The Epidemic reflects its title; chaotic, confusing, and a little bit of everywhere. The intro, “Moving Out” has a heavy southern flavor to it, but proves to be unfulfilling. You sort of expected him to come out with a bang and address all the naysayers. This is followed with “Parkin’ Lot”, which is nothing special and highlighted by Twista’s guest verse, where he awkwardly shouts out MMG; a testament to how unorganized and uneasy the project begins.
Pill could have very easily flopped after the MMG fiasco, and become another artist that came and went. In the beginning of the tape, it seemed like this was the route he was taking. In contrast, Pill figured it out for the rest of The Epidemic and pulled through with some nice music. It’s unclear where Pill’s career will go now, but one thing is for certain; he’s not going anywhere without something to say about it first....full text
Hip Hop DXPill's amicable split with Maybach Music Group/Warner Music Group came unexpectedly, yet the move was imperative considering his position in the crew. Initially advertised as a favorable move for all parties involved, the year-long partnership saw the once-prized Atlanta emcee take a disconcerting back seat to rap colleagues who received the label's green light. Back on the solo tip and euphemism intact, “The Epidemic” joins Pill's series of mixtapes that illustrate his tried and true formula of delivering a strong dose of reality for the streets.
In spite of what label heads at Warner Brothers may have surmised during Pill’s tenure there, his latest mixtape is proof that the Pink City representative is more than capable of effectively carrying out his brand of music to the masses. And, if in fact “The Epidemic” is Pill’s last mixtape until his debut album The Medicine, let’s hope his musical remedy comes sooner than later....full text
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