Mixtape Review | Tha Dopest – All Drae
Written By: Josiah Perez
‘The Dopest‘ by All Drae has its high points and average points, with low points being almost non existent. The production and structure of the tape is very nice, and leans more towards professional then amateur. The level of comfort Drae has with his flow on a track is impressive, and can be witnessed best on ‘Throwin’ Shade‘. In addition to the aforementioned track there are a number of songs with high replay value here that warrant a download of this mixtape.
Some artists have great content but don’t know how to present it well; All Drae has no problem with presentation. It may be his biggest strength, being able to take sometimes generic and repetitive lyrics/concepts and making them sound new and catchy. Take track #6 ‘Gotta Get It‘ for example: You have a song about getting money and a chorus that consists of Drae saying a mixture of “Get it”, “Got It”, and “Gotta Get it” over and over again. Couple this with lyrics like “Mr. Airplane Pilot ‘cus I’m so fly” and you have a recipe for disaster right? Wrong. The track not only works, it’s great. It sounds good. All Drae sets the tone at the start of this song and is backed up by strong guest appearances, the track is able to stand out and feel unique among the countless other rap songs made these days in the same category.
While this tape has no problem generating speed, it does have problems maintaining it. On the intro, a song meant to set the standard for the tape and provide a grand entrance for the artist, All Drae opens up with two versus that do a pretty good job of backing up the hooks claim of “I’m the dopest nigga doin it“. Then, an average guest appearance fills the third verse that would have fit much better elsewhere on the tape (anywhere but the intro) followed by the beat playing for nearly a minute and a half after the songs ends. Keep in mind the beat for the intro is no ‘All of the lights‘ , had it been I’d be fine with the extended playing of the beat. The first track ‘Dopest‘ loses the tapes momentum as quickly as it built it up. Track #2 does a pretty good job keeping things moving slowly, and while the third song ‘Talkin’ Bulls**t‘ starts to get things going again it isn’t until track #4 that things pick back up to full speed. ‘Salute Me‘ (track #4) is one of my favorite songs on the tape, but sadly is followed by a song with a chorus that really hinders it. By the time I’m done listening to the hook on ‘A Feelin’‘ I’m forgetting how good the previous verses were (only to be reminded again as soon as E is done singing). Starting at track #6 this mixtape goes full throttle, never looks back and supplies a consistent stream of well put together music. The bonus song got a bit boring with a few of the weaker features , but overall the tape ends very strongly.
The production on this project could have been better, and while there aren’t any large missteps in this department there also aren’t any standout beats – low risk low reward. I enjoyed this mixtape and find myself coming back to it to for a few choice tracks. Give it a listen, the download link is below.
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