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.
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.