For some people, being able to keep up with the tides of success isn't manageable. Some people can't even manage being next to those people. On Made 4 It, Made Man reflects on some of his previous relationships and how they aren't holding him back. He's ready for the pace of fame and the work that needs to be put in for that, but his ex girl wasn't.
Now Made Man raps about his new life, the women in it, and how lonely it is as the top. Anybody (male, female or otherwise) can relate to a degree with what Made Man is saying. Chasing your dreams is a lonely road that only so many people can manage to follow you on. And ultimately, you'll lose them all. It's up to you to stay strong and on the path.
Some highlights from the project include the Intro track (which holds the same title as the Mixtape), and GTA. Both are decent summaries of the project in terms of it's scope and overall sound. The production value holds and is solid, which borrows instrumentals from producers such as DJ Mustard and more new-age Trap beatmakers.
My core issue with the album is one that will for sure sound like a recycled opinion of most mixtapes of this day and age: it sounds the same as 90% of other mixtapes out now. Everyone, Made Man included, sounds more and more like a Future/Desiigner clone. While the production and sound is no doubt a great easy listen that I've allowed to follow me for the majority of the last week, I wouldn't say it's the stepping stone to greatness that I believe Made Man has the potential to be.
Check the tape below and make sure to leave us a comment or suggestion for next week's mixtape.
So for our first official Mixtape Monday, we're taking a look at the smooth and well-produced work by Caskey titled "Generation". For those of you not used to mixtapes, they are free-to-listen (and often download) projects that offer a little more flexibility in terms of what can be used and how it can be distributed. One key difference between a mixtape and an album is that mixtapes CANNOT BE PURCHASED unless they are composed of completely original material and distributed as such (in which case it qualifies more as an album, but I digress).
Now that we have that out of they way, may I say what a project by Caskey. While I'm unfamiliar with his previous work (he has several projects available on datpiff.com), this project is as smooth as they come. With beats that rock more like an R&B soul project than a quasi-rap/hip-hop mixtape, this is definitely a product of the modern trap-meets R&B age that we live in with artists such as Drake and Desiigner.
Some of my favorite tracks from the project are "Smoke 'Til I Can't" and "Fantasy", with smooth melodies and obligatory snares abound.
However, all of that being said, I do have some fairly large critiques of the project. Much like a lot of projects emerging on Datpiff (and throughout the modern hip-hop scene), the entire mixtape sounds like a repeat of the previous song. Several of the same echoes and snare lines feel copy and pasted, and many of the vocoder and vocal effects feel forced and unnatural. Caskey's flow also doesn't feel natural from time to time, and it's as though he is trying intentionally to sound like modern trap artists such as Future. While to some that may be a good thing, one key aspect I look for is pure originality mixed with influence, not just mostly influence.
In all, a solid project that earns a 3.75 out of 5 from Tek5Music. Keep pushing it forward Caskey and make sure to subscribe to this blog as well as our other content.
Normally, I would write an article about a mixtape or recent album release that I found either astounding, mind-blowing, or otherwise in desperate need of promotion if only for the sheer quality of the piece. However, because of personal obligations as well as professional, I did not have the proper time to do research for this week's post.
But rather than leave this simply a blank, unfulfilled week, I opted instead to early release a project I have recently spent a great amount of time on. While "To Joi" only contains two tracks, they are by far some of my most complex works to date. Drawing direct inspiration from a recent viewing of Blade Runner 2049, as well as a love for the original Blade Runner, I sought to capture an emotion I was feeling at the time. While I strive to do this with all of my music, I believe these may be my most accurate pieces thus far.
Since I was a child, I have wanted to fall into a love that was so pure yet so human that it excelled beyond human perception and into something more. Perhaps this is just an idea romanticized by Hollywood (I did watch many a film in my youth), but it is an idea I wholly believe in for I once felt it's presence. Now in my near mid-20's, I hope that one day I will find that pure, captivating love once again. A love that is More Human Than Human, much like that which exists between K and Joi in Blade Runner 2049.
Steve is a music producer, film editor and photographer who founded Tek5 Music in August of 2017. He currently works and resides in Roanoke, Virginia while preparing for the release of his next project "Roses Are Blue".
To find more of his work, please visit our Who We Be page. Steve also frequently completes freelance projects and several of his own music videos.