It’s not always the main dish that makes a meal slap. Especially if you got your favorite sides hot off the stove. Some side dishes are so good that even when they’ve been sitting for a while they still slap. That’s exactly what happened when listening to “Mac’N With Mess & Mike”. A tape that to no one’s surprise is good even when you let it marinate.
Anyone that has heard You A Mess on the mic knows of his smooth player talk, but what makes him stand out the most is his “grind hard don’t stop” work ethic. "Mac’N With Mess & Mike" gives him the stage to do these two things well. The title track “Mac N’” shows a smooth singing Lawrence Leon and the mac You A Mess spitting bars.You A Mess has an unorthodox flow that is just offbeat enough to be on beat, which is what keeps your ears engaged and holding on to every line. By the time you get to the 2nd track “Ahh Shit (Sir Mike)”, you realize that this album isn’t just isn’t about You A Mess, it's the collaboration with DJ $ir Mike that makes the tape come together. Track 2 feels like a chant similar to how “Go DJ” was with Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh. There is no mistake about the importance of his role in the album. DJ $ir Mike is the wild card of the album. His production on the album is flawless, and packed away on the 2nd verse of “Own” you even hear $ir Mike spit a few bars.
“Life is precious, but a lesson,
When it comes to features on the album the theme seemed to be “keep it in the family”. Most of the artists featured have collaborated with You A Mess before as well as hoped on a DJ $ir Mike beat. This is further proven by the fact most of the featured artists appear on the album multiple times. For instance Leon Lawrence, opens the album on “Mac N’” as well as “Crusin’” (which is my favorite of the songs he is featured on.) and “What It Do”. Clutch Barz is another artist who was featured multiple times on the album. Clutch Barz shines bright on this project, especially on “Get Down”, what I liked most was Clutch’s delivery and bravado, it makes this one of my favorite features on the album. Not every featured artist appears on multiple tracks. Soulstar is featured on “Cruisin’” where he shines and creates a vibe that’s so chill that you might just miss the smooth wordplay he spits. Another one of my favorite features on the album is Raccin JasOn. Even though he only appears on the last track of the album (“Bounce”), he delivers a fury of raps and a cadence that is similar to the Drill sound popularized in Chicago.I couldn’t have chosen better features for this album because every artist shined in their own right.
I was born in shoes to big for me to fit but I wore em’
This is one of my favorite bars off the album. The line is clever and so real. You can sum up the track with those 3 words. Clever and so real. The track has this flow of consciousness and deep thought that really makes the listener think about the words being said. Both artists You A Mess and DJ $ir Mike spit bars then break into a spoken word like delivery where they tell about the game and how to play it. Another favorite is “Bicycle Kick”. it’s just an unorthodox track that is filled with bars and a crazy production where the track switches up and You A Mess turns it up another level like he is going Super Saiyan. These two tracks are just a piece of the whole dish that is “Mac’N With Mess & Mike” and prove that this album is good.
Some dishes are best served cold. But the fire lyrics, the dope features and of course the production of DJ $ir Mike makes Mac’N With Mess & Mike an album that is as fresh out the oven as the day it was released. Checkout the album for yourself and see why these two artists are have fans lined up to get the dope tracks that are "Mac 'N With Mess & Mike".
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