Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review #1,403: CMG Presents "Chapter One"

Reviewed on 5.29.2014 (Review #1,403)

It’s FrankieThaLuckyDog here, with a different kinda review. This one iz for Memphis, TN and Yo Gotti’s Cocaine Muzik Group, a.k.a. CMG! This iz their latest release, Chapter One! It was released last week, and I had wanted to review it this past Sunday, which was Team Yayo’s II Eyes’ birthday. However, work was too much, at times, and it took me ‘til now. But, thanx to tha success of Snootie Wild’s “Yayo” collaboration with Yo Gotti, I’ve branched out into tha Memphis underground scene! Shout out ta those affiliated with Team Yayo and all that! Gotta give props ta Snootie’s people fa hittin’ me up via Twitter, after all of tha support I’ve shown them! So, without further or do, let’s see how this Memphis review goes! Start Time: 6:16 PM | End Time: 7:37 PM

Disclaimer: I rate each song from 1.0 – 5.0; each rating iz my own opinion! I only please myself wit my ratings! I don’t care how lyrical you are, as long as it’s jammin’ enough for me to like it! I look for beats, then vocals, and then lyrics. To determine my favorites, I will differ tha 4.0 ratings. If a song gets at least a 4.0 rating from me, I love it already. If at least a 4.6 rating, I pretty much really love it, as it’s considered mindblowin’ when I hear it! Any song can earn up to a maximum of a 5.0 rating. Anything I type before “ >>> ” iz what I’m sayin’ before I listen to tha song; anything after I type “ >>> ” iz what I think of tha song while I’m listening to it. If you use tha word “swag” frequently, have auto-tune in your vocals, or talk about nothin’ but money and hoes 100,000x (which I consider ‘typical’ topics), I’m not buyin’ it! After I was robbed by an artist who claimed they “get money,” hearin’ about how much you “got money” and anything “money” really bothers me. If you have not done business wit me before, I won’t tolerate “money” talk in tha music!!

© 2014 CD Review (Review #1,403) reviewed on 5.29.2014 by FrankieThaLuckyDog.

01. Yo Gotti Feat. Wave Chapelle “Talk 2 ‘Em”
A track by Nonstop, here; lookin’ forward ta hearin’ this, especially with that remade name, on tha feature, lol! >>> A calm, piano start, here… Hearin’ Gotti on tha 1st verse… Okay lyrics and flow, but it sounds catchy. Tha hook ain’t too bad, though it didn’t seem like a transition… Now, hearin’ tha Wave Chapelle dude on tha 2nd verse… Sounds better than Gotti, here; feelin’ tha consistent, faster-version-of-Problem-kinda voice… I have to say: I’m startin’ to hate that word, “Hitta;” just say, “Nigga!” Would’ve been an okay rating ‘til tha 2nd verse picked it up! And, nice ending ta complete an intro track! My Rating: 4.0

02. Snootie Wild Feat. K Camp “Made Me”
I think I had remembered googling this randomly, like, two months ago… Big Fruit doin’ tha beat, here (“Money Baby”… “Beep”, lol!). I know this dat fiyah!! >>> First time I heard Camp, I thought he was super gay with tha voice and shit on “Money Baby”. But, he started becomin’ addicting after “Cut Me Off”! Tha hook’s pretty catchy from him, once again! Background vocals sound like Ca$h Out, here… And, wow, gotta luv Snootie on tha 1st verse!! I literally thought I was listenin’ to Kevin Gates, again, just like my first listen of “Yayo”! “Get it out tha mud like it taste like gravy;” Snootielicious, lol? Really feelin’ tha catchy-ass flow and great rhymes!! Great street shit! Yes, a 2nd verse from Snootie; get it in!! LOL @ tha lack of rhymes from 2:12 – 2:24; it was a catchy part, though! #GoMode!! Oh yeah, as far as this beat, it aight, but when you got Snootie on it, as well as Camp, it’s a win! My Rating: 4.6

03. Snootie Wild Feat. Fabolous, Jadakiss, French Montana & YG “Yayo (Remix)”
Yeah!! Just debuted on Music Choice last week, and it seems like we got tha world at our hands, with tha hottest joint of tha year!! Been fallin’ behind with listenin’ to some songs, lately, so this gon be my first official first listen of tha remix! Just like tha original, it’s produced by K Figz! >>> I dunno about French Montana and his, “Hahhh,” intro on every song, now… And, with this song, here’s tha original hook; gotta still luv it!! Maybe, tha catchiest voice of tha year, fa me!! Fab on tha 1st verse, here; consistent rhymes! He got shit on lock, here; he can handle a hot joint, without a filler! LOL, tha 2nd hook had a background vocal from Yo Gotti (“I am…”). Surprised they didn’t keep him on tha remix, but it’s time for my homestate of NY to takeover? LOL, 2nd verse iz Snootie’s original 1st verse! “Wappo!!” I know every word, and sing it so many times, while drivin’! It gives me that energy at work! They be like, “You been up since 3:15 AM; how you so wide awake?” Tha answer: “Prrrrr!!!,” it’s “Yayo”!! Tha 3rd hook: Y’all even got tha beat goin’ into tha background and shit, too; nice! Here comes Jada on tha 3rd verse: Of course, he knows his “yayo!” He even know of “Type Of Way”, too, lol; err-body on they southern knowledge! LOL @ his “yayo”ness toward tha end of tha 3rd verse—you know, tha bitches! Get it? Like that “White Girl”? Got YG on tha 4th verse, and he has a great, consistent verse! His mainstream singles can be played out and ehh, but hearin’ this shit and it sounds much catchier!! Really feelin’ all tha “oooooh” shit during tha 4th minute!! What catchiness!! And, French Montana jumped in for a—I’ll consider it a 5th verse; catchiness, again! “Buku,” right? Yeah! “Chicken noodle,” too, lol? Lots of “yayo” catchy, consistentness!! LOL, best thing: When Snootie was on 106 & Park, 23 dayz ago, I had a customer that I said, “How may I wake up your Tuesday?,” and they were like, “With cocaine!” I then said, “Yayo, huh?” I made them their coffee, and I was like, “Since you said, ‘Cocaine,’ you have a yayolicious Tuesday,” lol! Got a good laugh; neva thought “yayo” would come into play at my job, especially in a greeting!! But, tha original version of this gets a perfect rating from me, since it’s immortal! This remix should fall right behind it, though! My Rating: 4.9

04. Zed Zilla “Moment Of Silence”
Before I read tha ID of tha track and check it out, nature’s calling; I have to take a shit! BRB! *Takes a shit at 6:33 PM* *Returns at 6:37 PM* Nice and quick! Now, let’s see, here… *Checks ID* Aight, a DJ Swift production, here; let’s hear this Zed Zilla! >>> Almost an odd vocal start, fa me, within a mainstream perspective… This iz just aight fa me, so far; a lil’ one-dimensional… Tha beat kicked in at :37 and sounds slightly better… Tha hook was decent, and this 2nd verse’s aight. He sounds a lil’ like Young Thug, but less-autistic-sounding… Tha 3rd verse’s a lil’ betta with tha “pure cocaine” shit, but c’mon, enough wit so many “money” references! Iz it me, or did every single rapper on tha planet start includin’ “money” in every fuckin’ song, since I got robbed? Was that a sign of somethin’, smh? A 5th verse? Lots of verses; not too crazy about it, especially when social media (“Instagram”) comes into play… An okay rating from me, overall. My Rating: 3.1

05. Yo Gotti “Been Thru It All”
Should be good, though, no producer listed? >>> I can’t take a song with a pitched-up sample serious, though this sounds good. Likin’ tha beat, and even that distracting sample can make Gotti sound good, on tha hook. Tha 1st verse sounds good; feelin’ tha lyrics about bein’ “thru it all.” It’s sad when I go through so much in tha music business; I feel like “I done been thru it all,” too, and my excitement/passion goes down! But, I’m still hangin’ in there… Tha 2nd verse sounds catchy, too; all about reppin’ them streetz! Tha 3rd verse sounds nice, too; I don’t mind this repetitive title, either… My Rating: 3.8

06. Yo Gotti Feat. Wave Chapelle “Different Ways”
A Nonstop (not a compound word, this time?) production, this time, just like tha 1st joint! Hope we get that same magic, if not, better! Go, Wave Chapelle…! >>> Not bad start; sounds like one of those realer southern songs, based off tha beat… I like tha “vision in tha same kitchen” part from Gotti, on tha 1st verse; all about dat yayo! Hearin’ Wave on tha 2nd verse; almost sounded like Jada, a lil’, with tha voice. But, it’s back ta his voice, and it sounds consistent; I don’t mind this shit… Soundin’ a lil’ like 3D Na’Tee, with tha consistent rhymes; can’t deny it! Surprisingly, I like tha intro song a lil’ betta… My Rating: 3.9

07. Wave Chapelle “Like Me”
Yes, a solo joint, produced by Coldway! I don’t think he needs Gotti on tha track, just like with Snootie! It’s all about unleashin’ yourself, by yourself!! >>> Not sure how this gon go; sounds like some East Coast shit in tha beginning of tha beat, here… Kinda good fa some Herbology-like, MCU-type shit, though. Hearin’ tha 1st verse, and it’s not bad; good rhymes. Let’s see if it can be a lil’ catchier… Prolly could’ve been a lil’ catchier without tha “money” shit; fuck! Tha hook aight; kinda sounds one-dimensional, at times, with tha typical lyrics… Tha 2nd verse—ugh, too much money references! I do like tha “I’m just focused like a camera lens” part; decent verse. Yeah, “money” shit became uncool after November 17, 2011; it’s not like tha “Macarena”’s cool anymore, right? Get it right! And, wow, you’re “only 19?” Didn’t think you were this young… Tha ending outro-verse was aight; almost got scared with tha voice alternation… Either way, can be a lil’ catchy, but it loses some points—tenths of points—from me, due to too much money references. My Rating: 3.4

08. Snootie Wild “Stackin’ & Flippin’ It”
No features!! Whoo!! TK on tha beat; I know I’m anticipated fa this, though it’s a money title!! Let’s see tha difference of catchiness, though, between this and Wave Chapelle’s solo joint! >>> Wasn’t feelin’ tha beat tag from TK, though. However, this iz a pretty hot beat; gotta luv it! Really diggin’ tha different-soundin’ voice on tha hook, this time, Snootie!! Much catchier, here, despite tha “money” shit! Yeah @ tha 1st verse; gotta luv how Snootie has such a unique, diverse voice!! Tha 2nd ½ of tha 1st verse’s pretty catchy; lots of consistent rhymes! Tha 2nd verse’s pretty catchy; oh, this beat’s killa!! Goes great with Snootie just lettin’ out that unique voice!! It’s all about tha voice, here! Remember: Beats, vocals, then, lyrics; always!!!!! Five exclamation points!! My Rating: 4.7

½time: I have ta say, this a pretty great compilation album, so far! Gotta feel how y’all comin’ through! Nothin’ but luv, right chea! Tha average CD rating fa this CD’s currently at a 4.1; we can keep it up! “Stack” tha rating and “flip” tha script!!

09. Snootie Wild Feat. Zed Zilla “No Kissing”
Wow, didn’t expect anotha Snootie joint so fast!! TK on tha beat, again! I bet I gon hear that stupid beat tag, but I bet this…should…—hopefully…—be…good…, hence this title…? >>> Thumbs down fa tha beat tag, but yeah, tha Kevin Gates-like voice, again, lol! Catchy hook; gotta luv it! Snootie can “flip” tha script and try to keep my luv fa tha track up, even if tha anticipation’s low! Tha 1st verse’s pretty catchy; I’m feelin’ tha street beat, too! I almost thought this was gon be an R&B track, or somethin’! Good shit on tha 1st verse, Snootie! “So-oul!” “No-oh;” we already know how great he iz with tha two “oh” rhymes/words (“No-No”)!! I always wonder: Was Kevin Gates an influence on Snootie? Kevin’s two months and 18 dayz older than Snootie; could be? Got Zed on tha 2nd verse, and I’m feelin’ tha voice; I don’t mind all this fuckin’, here. I like when it’s descriptive (e.g., “Fuckin’ on tha bed; I just cummed at 12:34 PM,” or somethin’), not when it’s one-dimensional (e.g., “Bitches on my dick; I got hoes,” or somethin’)! My Rating: 4.6

10. Snootie Wild “Want U 2 Kno”
Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!! Again!!!!!!!!!!!!! Quantum Sound!!! How ‘bout that?! My anticipation, deep down inside, feels like I’m on 15 creams & 15 sugars!!! >>> Now, this sounds more R&B… Ehh, I hate when there’s uncredited vocalists on tha hook; screws up my anticipation! So far, this aight, but I’m sure Snootie gon refresh my expectations! Okay, this iz more on tha R&B side…; Snootie sounds catchy on tha 1st verse, and just like Gates, once again! That Gates-like voice’s always catchy, fa me! Tha 2nd verse’s catchy; really diggin’ tha flow! Not sure if this gon be that kinda song that’ll grow on me, so it’s only slightly above-average fa a first listen… My Rating: 3.6

11. Yo Gotti “Dot Com”
I like tha producer’s name, here: Countdown Productions; this may be tight? Not sure if I can anticipate this kinda title, especially with a mainstream artist? >>> Beat’s pretty nice! See, TK, no beat tag needed! Feelin’ tha 1st verse from Gotti, here; diggin’ tha street shit, too! See, Gotti don’t need ta say, “Money, money, money;” he can just keep bringin’ up drug dealing, and it’s definitely worth it/not annoying! Nice beat sound, before tha hook!! Hearin’ tha hook and it’s catchy! Almost sounds like a Kevin Gates voice, like Snootie! Snootie’s ghost, lol? No social media shit, here, even though he’s always said, “Instagram,” in a bunch of recent songs! Well, whataya know? He said, “Instagram,” on tha 2nd verse’s beginning! LOL, I shoulda kept my mouth shut! But, it was nice; best Gotti song on this CD? Prolly iz! Kinda blah, blah @ tha outro, here… My Rating: 4.3

12. Zed Zilla “REALest”
Not really a fan of this kinda title, especially when tha word, “REAL,” iz in uppercase letters! That title/content’s been known to contradict people’s attributes…, one person I’ve dealt with specifically, recently, too! And, no producer listed? I dunno what gon come outta this… >>> Beat start sounds like it can be jammin’… I hope this content doesn’t ruin anything… Beat’s pretty smooth on tha 1st verse; feelin’ it, so far! Nice start with tha “pound, a whole thang… A key” shit! Tha flow’s catchy; Zed feelin’ good on tha track, here! Catchy hook, but shitty content fa me, like, “REAL”-ly!! Why does everyone think they “tha REALest”?? I just let my talent let itself out, without braggin’ about it! Tha 2nd verse’s aight. Kinda got 50/50 fa me, around tha 2:13 part, between tha “ooh” shit (great) and tha shit about “REAL” and “bitch” combinin’, or somethin’ (one-dimensional). I’m diggin’ this 3rd verse; almost sounds like a different version of Rich Homie Quan? I guess ‘cause you said, “Let’s get this party started,” like his “Party” song? But yeah, anything with “est”-ending words got uncool around, like, 2011, when I dealt with fake artists that had “est”-ending words, or auto-positive words to describe them! Plus, WTF @ “I’ve neva been a hoe;” that’s tha most-contradicting shit eva!! They’ll say that, but when I need help with somethin’, they can’t relay a message! It’s like, you go from “claimin’” you got guns and pop, but you can’t relay a message? Sounds like, “Always been a hoe,” ta me! But overall, this was catchy; I fucks wit it… My Rating: 3.8

13. Zed Zilla Feat. Yo Gotti & Lil’ STL “Mama Told Me”
Terex Productions, here… Let’s see how this gon go with a collaboration… >>> WTH @ tha 1st second? Sounds like one of those Kevin Gates-inspired styles, on tha hook; diggin’ that voice. Ahh, Yo Gotti started tha 1st verse with, “Mama raised no hoe;” WTF with me openin’ my mouth? Not that Yo Gotti’s a “hoe,” but it’s stupid how I mentioned that, and then, it got mentioned in a song, right after! Either way, good beat and nice shit from Gotti on tha 1st verse, here… But yea, tha hook’s real: “These fuck niggaz ain’t yo homies;” I learned it tha hard way! After thousands of iPod/playlist spins, 100’s of $$$ spent on awards, countless time spent on trying to enjoy certain underground artists, everything turned into a regret, pretty much! Anyway, tha 2nd verse’s pretty catchy from Zilla; nice rhymes and voice ta go with this! My Rating: 4.1

14. Wave Chapelle “Wavy Baby”
Melvin Thomas on tha track; looks like it could be a fun, catchy song? >>> Doesn’t really sound too fun in tha beginning; more of a lyrical song? Matta fact, a mainstream-soundin’ song, here; one-dimensional, so far… Not too bad of a 1st verse, overall… Okay, tha hook’s more on that catchy shit that I anticipated, even though this still an aight joint. Sometimes, I don’t jump with too much excitement when tha production sounds like it’s East Coast-inspired… Tha 2nd verse’s aight, too… LOL, from 2:08 – 2:20, it’s like, how many lyrics can fit into four bars? Decent, here. My Rating: 3.5

15. Wave Chapelle “Magic”
Supa Producer (one-dimensional name?) on tha beat… >>> Beat start sounded a lil’ exciting, though I think this gon go with tha previous joint, and be a lil’ less-rated… Catchy rhymes in tha 1st verse; lots of great-rhyming words… Kinda a duplicate sample on tha hook, here, as a decade ago, it was Do Or Die & Kanye West who made “Higher”. So, tha hook’s pretty much terdtrocious, fa me… Tha 2nd verse’s ehh, fa me; that “stackin’ money” shit in tha beginning kinda made me lose interest… My Rating: 2.5

16. Yo Gotti “Lay It Down”
Megaman doin’ tha track, here; time ta end it in a mainstream perspective? >>> Damn, anotha uncredited voice on tha hook? Nice “bang bang” shit in tha hook, but tha voice doesn’t sound that great… Then again, this on a mainstream tip, with Gotti as tha artist… I’m feelin’ tha beginning of tha 1st verse, with tha “high-speed chase,” as well as tha “faded” shit. Was that Boosie when Gotti was talkin’ ‘bout, “Boo,” on tha 1st verse? Prolly not… Nice real-life scene on tha 2nd verse; sounds more than one-dimensional, here, y’all! Gotti definin’ a lil’ bit of a scene… Kinda feelin’ that voice on tha hook a lil’ betta, now. Ooh @ tha beat climax on tha 3rd verse; real nice! And, good rhymes from Gotti on tha 3rd verse, as well! My Rating: 4.2

Overall: I thought this was a nice lil’ compilation album, fa a mainstream release! Cocaine Muzik Group in tha buildin’! Of course, as I expected, Snootie had tha best appearances, with his unique voice, flow, lyrics, content, and song styles! Surprised one of them was rated under a 4.0, lol! But, err-body, keep up tha great work! Yo Gotti & CMG are on top of 2014!!


16.       Wave Chapelle “Magic” 2.5
15.       Zed Zilla “Moment Of Silence” 3.1
14.       Wave Chapelle “Like Me” 3.4
13.       Wave Chapelle “Wavy Baby” 3.5
12.       Snootie Wild “Want U 2 Kno” 3.6
11.        Yo Gotti “Been Thru It All” 3.8
10.       Zed Zilla “REALest” 3.8
09.       Yo Gotti Feat. Wave Chapelle “Different Ways” 3.9
08.       Yo Gotti Feat. Wave Chapelle “Talk 2 ‘Em” 4.0
07.       Zed Zilla Feat. Yo Gotti & Lil’ STL “Mama Told Me” 4.1
06.       Yo Gotti “Lay It Down” 4.2
05.       Yo Gotti “Dot Com” 4.3
04.       Snootie Wild Feat. Zed Zilla “No Kissing” 4.6
03.    Snootie Wild Feat. K Camp “Made Me” 4.6
02.    Snootie Wild “Stackin’ & Flippin’ It” 4.7
01.    Snootie Wild Feat. Fabolous, Jadakiss, French Montana & YG “Yayo (Remix)” 4.9

Average CD Rating Review:

Total Score:                      63.0
Total Songs:                      / 16
Average CD Rating:       3.9

No way in hell can I complain about who owned this CD’s top ratings! Almost perfect, if only “Want U 2 Kno” wasn’t on here. Then, it would’ve been all Snootie on tha top! But either way, Snootie fa 2014 Best New Artist, or somethin’!!

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