‘Fuck what you heard; it’s what you’re hearin’
The quality of this project is beyond phenomenal, same sound that a full LP would have. Consistent sound the whole way through, I’d consider Donnie Menace something like the perfect blend between Hip-Hop and Horrorcore. The raw, uncut, lyrical talent that you would expect from Hip-Hop, yet the gritty, brutal content that some of the best in the Wicked Underground would use. The average mixtape tends to jump around allot, with poorly used mainstream beats and choppy hosting; The Threat delivers nothing short of insanity. Solid flows the whole way through, but they vary; one’ dimensional rappers don’t cut it.
This is hopefully just a sample of what the album will sound like. I waited a long time for this mixtape, and to finally hear it was worth the wait. The talent Donnie Menace has to share is beyond many up and comers in this genre right now, only time will tell the impact he could make with this potential. I wasn’t a fan of a couple of the collab tracks on this; I thought Donnie could have shined through instead on those. Though; Mr. Freeze and Kryptik came through very hard, reshaped their respected songs and re-shaped the sound. Connecticut is nothing to be disregarded, especially in the Underground. These guys have a goal; and releases like this put them higher and higher in this industry.
Production was very well chosen, only thing I would liked to have seen different was the Stronger beat, wasn’t a fan of that personally. In comparison, it was just out of sound in comparison to the project. Though; on the other end of this spectrum, the Kanye West production for Homecoming fit amazingly. Highlight track of the project, Donye West killed it. All around, put together very well. The good torches the bad on this mixtape, no major changes need to be made; this consistency is what makes an artist go far.
Hit and Miss-
2) The Confession
3) Microphone Murder
2) I’m A Monster
I’m a monster shouldn’t be on this miss list, I just didn’t like the sound of J T.I.E.S on this track. I think a Donnie solo on this would have made this one of the better songs on the project, but I just wasn’t feelin it as much. Stronger was just too different for the sound of this mixtape, not necessarily a bad track; just not the same sound. My hits were three among many; Homecoming was one of the realest tracks I’ve heard in a while. Definitely my favorite Donnie Menace track.
All in all this is one of my favorite underground mixtapes of the year. This release definitely earned him a spot on any of my projects and my support. I underestimated the skill of this dude, don’t make the same mistake. Hit up the Myspace and Twitter; and never miss any releases from him from now forward.