The Villain And The Ego/ The Prequel mixtape/ CD review

Global rating of the product: 4.5 stars

When dope Mr Hashish of I-Mac and witty-devilish Marvwon of the Fatt Killaz decide to work together and to combine their efforts on a Cd, be sure that you will get something dark, raw and full of deep expressions of musical talent that is so much Detroit alike. Like the cold murder Capital and city of cement both artists come from, the darkness of their themes is like the diamond in the rough: it reveals some incredible musical talents that are yet to be discovered by people who are less familiar with the Detroit hip hop scene.

Like an upcoming menace built on a noisy violin and piano background combined with some catchy beats, Mr Hash and Marvwon open the curtain to a dark shadowed sky made of obscure thoughts.

Gunshots, laughter, rhythmic rhymes, xylophone notes contrasting with the gritty voices, two artists offering a real nice flow delivery, each element arrives in the right place in order to create a disharmonic disorder. Welcome to Detroit City, the place where eye contact can get you killed in no time. That’s what’s up. Enjoy the Straight Drop freestyle. You gotta love that one!

Produced by Young Viz, Don’t Step Up will lead the listener into the club.

A little bit of a chill out atmosphere, time to smoke a joint and to spend some good time with a girl. Detroit Shit introduces you into a typical, filthy Detroit atmosphere.

On Yo Ass featuring X Factor brings back some heat. A great dose of offensiveness is ready to get rid of jealousy and of any opponent that crosses their way. Better watch your back and be aware of the sharp lyrical weapons that are ready to cut your neck off with no mercy.

Piano, keyboards, violins will proudly enhance Marwon’s lyrical pride. Keep hating, haters. What could you do against obvious talent?

Cannons is another example of a witty word use combined with a good instrumental background. The track features Reag of I-Mac.

U&U is lead by the hand of the talented master producer Mr Porter. Flute sounds and claps slowly lead the listener into a soft atmosphere. The song is dedicated to the sexy girls moving to the music.

Don’t sleep on Shoot 1st featuring Iron Fist arstist Supa Emcee. Again, a combination of instrumental darkness and softness with a hustle and flow spirit will allow the listener to taste this song with delight.

Overall, the mixtape is an example of what two Detroit talents can do if they set aside their differences and work together for the listeners greatest pleasure.

My advice: cop the mixtape! Otherwise you might miss something real great made in Detroit.

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