1. You have to appreciate the inclusion of the recently-deceased Lil Snupe right at the beginning of the album. “Lil Snupe Intro” is a reworking of “Made It The Top,” a Snupe song which has been floating around for a few months. The original version might actually be better—it’s more soulful and organic-sounding—but this is still a tough record and a great way to kick things off.
2. Unlike most music critics—particularly goofy white ones who champion rappers who display a certain degree of youthful ignorance and recklessness in real life—Gunplay’s one artist whose bandwagon I’ve yet to jump on. He’s just never been that compelling to me. That could soon change. He really makes a case for himself on “Gallardo,” with a stellar verse, and later he outshines Fabolous, Rockie Fresh and Ross on “The Great Americans.” These are two of the better songs on the LP.
3. Meek Mill is still yelling at me and “Levels” is still great.
4. Omarion seems really preoccupied with cunnilingus. He references it in “Say Don’t Go,” and and also in “Know You Better." “Are you the type to kiss me, right after I eat it?” he asks in the latter song. Great question. Well, will you?
5. Not quite sure how MMG secured Lil Boosie’s verse on “Lay It Down,” but presumably it’s something that was either rapped over the phone (doubtful), already released (plausible) or recorded years ago and was sitting on an old hard drive (probable). I’m far from a Boosie scholar so I’d be hard-pressed to tell you if the verse was already out there. “Lay It Down” is a tad formulaic—think minor fifths, harmonically—but it has just enough variation to keep things interesting, which seems to be a trend here.