Mixtape Review | Something For Her – Trus Real
Written By: Josiah Perez
If this mixtape was comprised of all original production, I’d refer to it as an album. This instantly became one of my favorite mixtapes, and went straight into my personal music collection after hearing it for the first time. Despite the title this is a project for any hip hop fan. Trus Real excels at what is one of the hardest sub genres in hip hop to do correctly, and strikes the perfect balance needed for music that appeals to both a woman and mans softer side. This mixtape screams ’real’ and anyone whose been in a few relationships should be able to identify with each track on this tape.
The format of this mixtape is refreshing. Instead of random songs mixed with random skits the tape tells a story. From the start you’re treated to a short skit where a guy meets a girl, and for the rest of the tape between each song is a skit that prefaces each track. There are no ground breaking plot twists in the story, rather just believable realistic conversations that we’ve all experienced that take you from the start of a relationship to the end. It’s not often I actually enjoy the skits on a mixtape, and 99 times out of 100 I’m not paying any attention to a tape revolving around a love story with a large number of skits. In the hands of a lesser artist this project would have been disastrous. I can’t express how impressed I am with the execution of this concept by Trus Real.
Beat selection is top notch in this project, each one fits well. While instrumentals from popular songs are used, Trus makes each one his own. Instead of providing us with the carbon copy flow with new lyics over these beats, Trus avoids being compared to the tracks original artist and does his own thing over them – and does it well.
The lyrical content is a highlight on this project. Wordplay is there, but more importantly lines like “Forgive me for having to ask you to forgive me” and “It’s an oxymoron to try to find where the truth lies” are present throughout the tape. Lyrical skill does not manifest itself only in metaphors and similes, and Trus seems to understand this fully. It’s much more difficult to create a cohesive body of work comprised of over 15 different songs feel like a complete project that tells a story, opposed to a just a collection of music; Trus accomplishes this with ‘Something For Her‘. Some of the lyrics even made me laugh a bit, the skit before ‘Can’t Be‘ being an example.
There is no question that the tape finishes stronger then it starts. This isn’t to say that the first 8 songs weren’t good, but they aren’t as good as the last 8. This could be attributed to the story picking up and really getting going around the halfway point of the tape, one of my few criticisms being that things could have gotten interesting a bit sooner. I enjoyed the tape at the start, but it wasn’t until the halfway point and ending that I started loving it. By the end of the mixtape I found myself eager to hear Trus really go in on a beat, and wondering if he could since it was something that didn’t really happen on ‘Something For Her‘. I wish there was at least 1-2 tracks Trus flexed his talents on in this tape and I think it would have served it well, but the absence of this aspect led me to search for other music by Trus Real and trust me – he has the ability to kill it. Not only do I recommend you download ‘Something For Her‘ by Trus Real immediatley by clicking here, I suggest you look at a few of his other projects as well.
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