Monday, June 23, 2014

Review #1,408: Level "Turn Down 4 What?"

Reviewed on 6.23.2014 (Review #1,408)

FrankieThaLuckyDog here, with possibly, my final current review for a while. I was ‘pose to get this done before my birthday, which was two dayz ago, but between work, a party, and catchin’ up on files, I didn’t have time. Now, I must get it over with ‘cause I’m ‘pose to be havin’ a life-changing surprise, expected later today! This review I finna get into iz Level Turn Down 4 What?, a new CD of his, just months after tha previous one, Unsupervised. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of that DJ Snake & Lil’ Jon song, of tha same title; I dunno how it got big… Of course, I made sure I didn’t buy this, due to you don’t show me luv, officially. Maybe, if you would’ve thanked me for your awards and answer your phone (who doesn’t text in 2013?!?), I prolly would’ve put money in ya pocket. I also believe this my final current review for a while ‘cause personally, I feel like I’m not meant for this Louisiana business, at all. Rarely does anyone show me true luv, and absolutely nobody extends themselves to see me, do services with me, etc. So, I have to let it go. I sadly had to stop doin’ my Tha Louisiana Archives mixtape compilations, two dayz ago, ‘cause nobody booked to be on it. It’s sad ‘cause it was open to anyone in Louisiana, from tha undaground, name or not! I released 17 issues, every 90 dayz; why ain’t nobody want me to continue it? Plus, I have to review all tha old CDs I have; work really has taken over me, too… Also, can’t forget: DJ B-Real robbed me outta my Louisiana dignity and passion, too! It’s sad when your favorite Louisiana artist blocks you, owes you, changes their # and won’t reconnect with you. It’s like, get your life together ‘cause you really ruined my dream! Start Time: 10:56 AM | End Time: 12:08 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 two artists who claimed their “money [was] long,” 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 #1,408) reviewed on 6.23.2014 by FrankieThaLuckyDog.

01. Intro
>>> Movie intro, courtesy of “DJ PK1”. True: “These niggaz ain’t ya friends;” I learned from what I went through, wit these Louisiana niggaz! My Rating: N/A

02. “Icy”
>>> Damn, tha “Thinkin’ With My Dick” beat? Couldn’t get any original production, here? Either way, it still sounds dope; nice hook, bein’ “icy.” Either way, wit all this auto-positive shit you spittin’, I have made a vow (currently) to always think negative/less of myself, in tha Louisiana business. Like, I told my grandma, “I hope I do less and less, each year;” true shit. I really hope I’m falling off! Now that I’m anotha year older, it’s time fa a new life! Good shit in tha 1st verse, too. Tha 2nd verse sounds pretty catchy, too, even though, seriously, it goes in one ear and out tha other, especially when you rap about “money!” My Rating: 4.1

03. “MC Hammer” Feat. Mouse On Tha Track
>>> Really likin’ tha hook a whole lot; reminds me of tha good Louisiana music I used to listen to and enjoy! Definitely tight shit; great shit on tha hook! Tha 1st verse from you sounds jammin’, too; you still get all this attention? I’m glad I lost mine; it feels great for me to fall off and be independent/do what tha fuck I wanna do! Tha 2nd verse’s nice, too; glad you still saggin’ on ‘em, no matta when, as “[yo] pants ‘bout ta drop.” Regardless of how you don’t treat me important or anythang, at least yo music has Baton Rouge quality in it… Got Mouse on tha 3rd verse and he sounds good, as always; diggin’ that voice and delivery, on this beat! “Drink tha wiiiiine!” You also appeared in tha beginning of tha 3rd ¼ of tha 3rd verse, with Mouse; nice… My Rating: 4.7

04. “Locked Up” Feat. Mz. Trill
>>> Beat sounds nice, and you sound good on tha hook. Really chained, here, with bein’ “locked up and ready ta fuck.” Feelin’ what you got goin’ on, here. Tha 1st verse iz contradicting, for tha start: “Don’t call or text me;” you don’t do neither, Level; you haven’t since June 2010! And, you neva even thanked me for my awards. What do I gotta have a vagina or somethin’ in me for you to respond, smh? An okay 1st verse… Here’s tha 2nd verse, with Mz. Trill, comin’ through wit good, “horny” rhymes… She sounds great on this beat! You’re on tha 3rd verse, comin’ through wit what you got. Even though you luv fuckin’, you have kids at such a young age, which defeats tha purpose of focusing 100% on your rap career. Thank God I know how ta wait; not even near fuckin’, yet! And, it’s a beat from Sinista. My Rating: 4.4

05. “It Ain’t Far” Feat. Racked-Up Ready & Mouse On Tha Track
Still callin’ him “Young Ready”, here? >>> A beat from Mouse, here; pretty serious intro! Also, an uncredited Mouse on tha hook, here! Pretty serious hook, too; definitely feelin’ tha classic gangsta sound of Baton Rouge, here!! Tha 1st verse sounds pretty nice, too, from you; always luv your energy! Hearin’ Ready on tha 2nd verse, and he sounds more “Young” than “Racked-Up”, here. But, since this iz 2014, I gotta put “Racked-Up”, since he changed his name. Here you are on tha 3rd verse, comin’ through wit mo gangsta shit; sounds nice… My Rating: 4.9

06. “Fuck You”
>>> I should’ve known it was this beat, of tha same title, smh; guess tha short length tells it all? Sounds like you don’t give a shit about anyone, on tha 1st verse; you even treated me “like trash!” Like, fa’real! I luv how on tha 2nd verse, you brag so much about slangin’ “dat dick,” but now, you’ve been stuck with a kid for a long time, now. It’s like, you can’t even get outta Louisiana ‘cause of it! My Rating: 3.8

07. “Get It Today”
>>> Likin’ this beat intro of just one sound! Tha hook sounds pretty nice, too; why you gotta add that dick-suckin’ shit on your vocals, toward tha end of tha hook, though? Who you turnin’ on, smh? Not diggin’ tha beginning lyrics of tha 1st verse; why do all these rappers just rap about “money?” What gets you so erected to rap about it? E-R-E-C-T-E-D!! I have ta say, this beat’s pretty nice, either way, and I think this a real-catchy joint! I have ta admit: In tha 2nd verse, I’m feelin’ that “I’m a grinder! I’m a grinder! [Somethin’-Somethin’] tha 49’ers!!” part; you delievered it catchy! My Rating: 4.6

08. “On Yo Dum Ass” Feat. Skip
>>> Q-dash-R-dot-E-dot-D on tha beat. Sounds like you’re remakin’ tha flow/style of “White Tee” on tha hook, here; it’s catchy fa they “dum ass!” You sound pretty catchy on tha 1st verse, too… Skip startin’ tha 2nd verse wit an expected-“hiccup,” from tha “dick;” pretty rough, lol? I like how he “rollin’ up a gar, on [they] dum ass!” Tha 3rd verse iz pretty catchy, too; can’t deny it… My Rating: 4.3

09. “I Kno U Go Get Me”
>>> Okay start and 1st verse; tha hook sounds catchy wit tha repeatin’, though. Tha 2nd verse ain’t too bad, as well… Even a bridge, too… My Rating: 4.0

10. “Strip Club Ones” Feat. Detriot
I think it’s “Detriot” and not “Detroit”, only ‘cause I know you did a song with Magic, and he collaborated with people known as “Detriot”. >>> A lil’ bit of a bounce vibe for tha beat, here, from Q-Red; thought it would’ve been someone else on tha beat. Anyway, an okay hook from you, for tha start. Hearin’ some singin’, too; yeah, this iz “Detriot”, spelled like that. Would luv to comment on this beat, but you already know I can’t! So, I’ll just say that tha singin’ actually sounds good. And, here you are on tha 1st verse, comin’ through wit mo fuckin’-at-an-early-age-kinda shit. Tha 2nd verse sounds good, too… Not really feelin’ tha dick-suckin’-soundin’ vocals from you on tha 3rd verse, though; don’t know why you gotta do that ‘cause it turns me completely off! My Rating: 4.2

½time: So far, pretty nice and consistent; I believe I like this a lot betta than tha previous CD! You have that old Louisiana sound on most of tha tracks, which I used to feel! Now, I know none of these songs’ll eva get on my playlist, knowing today, but at least this review’s good. So far, a 4.3 for tha CD rating! Speakin’ of tha playlist, lol, I remember when I had, like, 3,000 Louisiana songs on my iPod!! LOL, I prolly have less than 10, now! Thanx, B-Real, fa ruinin’ my dream! No mo Louisiana in my priorities!

11. “Open Doors” Feat. Box
>>> Sounds like an okay song, so far; good shit from Box on tha 1st verse, nice and consistent wit it! Gotta feel his streetastic shit! Tha hook sounds catchy wit you tryna “kick it down,” Level. Here you are on tha 2nd verse… Ehh, do you really have ta say, “Still tha hottest?” Not cool! No need to think so positive! I hope I’m nowhere-near “tha hottest,” fa’real! I know I’m not; I’m not bein’ cocky ‘bout myself! Also, I saw nobody talk about this CD ‘til I celebrated Box’s birthday, and randomly saw a pic. Not to mention, this CD’s at least a month old, by now, and I ain’t hear anyone talk about it. And, where’s my hard copy? Talk about fallin’ off! Why I only get Easy Hustle shit in 2010? Why only one fuckin’ year with you guys?! Well, you’re not wit Easy Hustle, anymore, but still… I believe you’re a mailing virgin… My Rating: 4.0

12. “Ball Like A Dog” Feat. Mookie Blakk
Revived from tha dead? Whateva happened to all these people? It’s like, they talk on tha phone for one year and then, they’re nowhere to be found! Why? It ain’t hard to answer a fuckin’ phone, smh! That’s anotha reason why I had to get outta this business! >>> Almost sounded like tha audio quality was weak, in tha beginning… A hook from tha fallen-off Mookie, comin’ through wit a catchy hook. Even on tha 1st verse: He still “[throwin’] back?” Nice, but why’d he just fall off tha face of tha Earth wit me? What’d I do? I’m glad I’m no longer passionate about this shit ‘cause really, I was worth less than nothing, all this time! I know it! That’s why, I did all tha phone calls, not them! I did all tha initiative texts, not them! But, nice 1st verse, if he still in that zone… You on tha 2nd verse, here; it sounds okay… My Rating: 4.1

13. “Tonight” Feat. Mouse On Tha Track
>>> Almost sounds like an unsourced Mouse on tha hook, here, durin’ tha 2nd ½ of it? Sounds catchy, wit this beat; you sound good on tha verse, too… “Hit up Bella Noche,” huh? I thought that club was from tha ’07, Jigga House dayz? Wow, you really threwback, here, lol! My Rating: 4.3

14. “Sit Yo Ass Down” Feat. Thug Brothers
>>> Pretty energetic, Shonta-like beat, here; definitely nice and classic-soundin’! 2014, huh? Almost seems unreal! Nice job wit tha 1st verse, though you spoiled it wit tha “five grand for a show.” I even saw that online, that you charge $4,000 to be booked? Really? Gunplay only charges $500 more, and he wit a major? Nothin’ makes sense, here; you can’t be all greedy, now! Anyway, enough of dat, it’s time fa tha 2nd verse, wit this Thug Brother dude… It sounds pretty catchy, as always; a pure Baton Rouge sound! I like that ending of tha 2nd verse, wit, “Pop it fa Lil’ 38! Pop it fa Lil’ 38! Pop it fa Lil’ 38!” Tha 3rd verse iz nice, too, and yeah, true 2014, here: “I know, I know, like I’m Rich Homie,” lol! My Rating: 4.5

15. “I Don’t Play Dat”
>>> Sounds like a pretty serious beat intro… Sounds like a good 1st verse? Nice; I always think it’s tha hook, first… “I’m 26;” so am I, now. Of course, I’ve known your age. But, I develop a lot slower, baleedat! Hearin’ you on tha 2nd verse, say, “I ain’t scared at all;” really? Why you afraid to answer a text, then? At least I “ain’t” afraid! Bein’ autistic, I can do what I want, with no fear! Next stop, tha abandoned, Kings Park Psychiatric Center; let’s explore! My Rating: 4.0

16. “Gun Rage” Feat. Mista Cain & Mookie Blakk
>>> An EQ beat. Not feelin’ tha “playin’ wit my money” shit in tha beginning of tha 1st verse. It’s like, what happened to tha true shit of jiggaz? What’s wit these lyrics that err-body be spittin’? So boring! But, tha 1st verse has a bit of a jam to it. Tha hook has a bit of that Louisiana “bow” in it, but I dunno if I can take it too serious… Speakin’ of, here’s that completely-overrated Cain on tha 2nd verse, that always goes in one ear/eye and out tha other. Either way, it’s pretty much betta than other shit I’ve heard, so I’ll give him props fa tha consistency. Still, there’s no room fa me in this business; glad I’m no longer in it…, hopefully! Damn, an unsourced Mookie on tha 3rd verse, here? How can you leave him out, Level? I finna put Mouse on tha feature on that song I thought he was in, too! He sound good on this shit; nice job, y’all… My Rating: 4.3

17. “Hit It” Feat. Mz. Trill
>>> Good hook; thought it was gon be catchier, but it’s still good. Mz. Trill on tha 1st verse, comin’ through wit good shit, once again. Faster rhymes, more sex, lol! Tha 2nd verse from you’s good, too; can’t deny it. My Rating: 3.7

18. “Showing Love” Feat. Box & Mookie Blakk
>>> An EQ beat. This sounds okay fa tha hook, here; sounds like an uncredited singer… Tha 1st verse from you ain’t too bad, here… Got Mookie on tha 2nd verse (instead of Box; ID order error), and it’s like, why’d he recycle some of his ’08 rhymes? That beginning two lines about tha “like a pro” shit. It’s like, who tha hell still live in 2008? It still a good-soundin’ verse, though. Now, we got Box on tha 3rd verse; feelin’ his “is you wet yet? We should call you ‘Tsunami’” line! My Rating: 3.9

19. “Dat Good” Feat. Cupid
>>> Beat sounds catchy, includin’ tha way you deliver tha 1st verse… Tha hook has almost tha same kinda flow as Mookie does, even though it’s Cupid. Hmm, I guess this ain’t too bad… Tha 2nd verse sounds good from you, kickin’ it off wit a “splash.” Tha 3rd verse’s Cupid; not really into tha rap-like rhymes from him… My Rating: 3.6

20. “Sex Me”
>>> G-Motivation beat. Uncredited vocals on tha chorus? Sounds like it’s tha ‘90s R&B dayz, almost. Tha 1st verse ain’t too bad, here, though I think this gon sound boring… Tha 2nd verse aight, but I’m bored, by now. My Rating: 3.4

21. “Buy My Drink” Feat. Mookie Blakk & April Reign
Continuously spellin’ her like tha “Rain”, though I always go with what I first saw: “Reign”. >>> *Gasp* Wow, LEVEL MADE A SONG AT AT LEAST 128 BPM?!? Let alone, it’s 132!!! About time?! Doesn’t sound bad, at all; I can fuck wit this pop-dance-rap-like beat…! You sound good on tha 1st verse, too; spittin’ them good rhymes fa tha club! And, Reign on tha 2nd verse, too, comin’ through wit some nice singin’; I dig it! Here’s Mookie on tha 3rd verse, comin’ through wit some nice rhymes, ova this fast beat! Nice job! My Rating: 4.4

Overall: I have to admit, this was a pretty good CD; very consistent! Nice surprise at tha end, with tha 132 BPM song! Glad you still on tha (mysterious) grind wit tha quality, Baton Rouge-soundin’ music! Hope it continues…; not sure if I gon, though!


20.       “Sex Me” 3.4
19.       “Dat Good” Feat. Cupid 3.6
18.       “Hit It” Feat. Mz. Trill 3.7
17.       “Fuck You” 3.8
16.       “Showing Love” Feat. Box & Mookie Blakk 3.9
15.       “I Kno U Go Get Me” 4.0
14.       “I Don’t Play Dat” 4.0
13.       “Open Doors” Feat. Box 4.0
12.       “Ball Like A Dog” Feat. Mookie Blakk 4.1
11.        “Icy” 4.1
10.       “Strip Club Ones” Feat. Detriot 4.2
09.       “Tonight” Feat. Mouse On Tha Track 4.3
08.       “Gun Rage” Feat. Mista Cain & Mookie Blakk 4.3
07.       “On Yo Dum Ass” Feat. Skip 4.3
06.       “Locked Up” Feat. Mz. Trill 4.4
05.       “Buy My Drink” Feat. Mookie Blakk & April Reign 4.4
04.       “Sit Yo Ass Down” Feat. Thug Brothers 4.5
03.    “Get It Today” 4.6
02.    “MC Hammer” Feat. Mouse On Tha Track 4.7
01.    “It Ain’t Far” Feat. Racked-Up Ready & Mouse On Tha Track 4.9

Average CD Rating Review:

Total Score:                      83.2
Total Songs:                      / 20
Average CD Rating:       4.2

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