Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review #1,456: Lil' Mike "Like Mike (The Mixtape)"

Reviewed on 4.07.2015 & 4.08.2015 (Review #1,456)

Kinda tied up, but time to keep fillin’ up my data DVD fulla mp3s… This review I finna do’s for Lil’ Mike Like Mike (The Mixtape), released on S4 Entertainment. To not be confused, Lil’ Mike ain’t tha Lil’ Mike from G-Lane; this tha Ville Boy Mike from da Ville Boyz. Start Time: 8:51 PM (4/07) | End Time: 6:25 PM (4/08)

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 (which I consider ‘typical’ topics), I’m not buyin’ it!

© 2015 CD Review (Review #1,456) reviewed on 4.07.2015 & 4.08.2015 by FrankieThaLuckyDog.

01. “Be Like Mike” feat. Leedre Ali
>>> Likin’ that intro, includin’ tha beat intro from Guss! Nice singin’ on tha hook, too, from this new singer! Even talks about “money,” and I’m feelin’ it; shockin’? Almost thought you sounded like a young teenager on tha 1st verse, but here you are, comin’ through nicely ova this beat on tha 1st verse… Tha 2nd verse kinda ehh wit tha lyrics; not really feelin’ ‘em that much, includin’ tha “Instagram” shit. My Rating: 3.7

02. “No Fairytale”
>>> Anotha nice beat, but I have a feelin’ tha lyrics won’t be anything special. I mean, if I loved that Guss beat but I only rated that track a 3.7, I don’t expect a bunch of these songs to have super-high ratings with me… Tha hook’s okay, here, as it goes ova this beat… Tha 1st verse sounds okay, but you’re gonna make me constantly yawn when you keep rappin’ about “money,” smh! Tha 2nd verse sounds oka—you said, “Tryna raise my son;” a kid, already? Ain’t you younger than me? Gotta put dat career first, especially before kids! Overall, this turned out to be okay, except tha “money” parts. My Rating: 3.1

03. “Live From Angola” (Cherokee)
>>> Ain’t know what ta expect, here, but it’s a freestyle ova tha phone. Also, I thought “Cherokee” was a part of tha title, but instead, it’s this dude rappin’… Might be cheatin’ your ratings, but this sounds nice with tha fast freestylin’ and great, gangsta lyrics. My Rating: 4.4

04. “All My Niggas” feat. J Boy
>>> Sounds like catchy, underground, internet rap on tha hook, here, with how this title’s repeatin’. Like, I feel like I’m 16 again, lol—holy shit, a whole decade ago! Tha 1st verse’s soundin’ decent from this J Boy dude; can’t complain… LOL, what a repetitive hook! Hearin’ you on tha 2nd verse and it’s pretty upbeat with tha kinda delivery you’re bringin’ to tha table, here, vs. how J Boy came through wit tha flow. Lots of title parts, though insane consistency! Yes, no ‘money’ bullshit rhymes! My Rating: 3.6

05. “Cum Wit It”
>>> Sounds familiar? Dunno, but catchy production for tha 225, here. Not sure why you said, “Money,” on tha hook wit this kinda vibe, but tha rest of it sounds pretty nice. Kinda a stupid start fa tha 1st verse fa me wit tha “money” shit; so un-Louisiana fa me—knock it off!! Also, not really feelin’ tha producer’s tag repeatin’, at times; annoying! Tha 2nd verse straight; nothin’ really ta say, here… However, all that “money” bullshit makes this sound less of a jigg sound than what I grew up to… My Rating: 3.3

06. “Count Musik” feat. T2
Why tha feature? This title makes me think this gon suck… LOL, it’s like tha ‘before-trappin’’ times of my life, lol! Seems like sooooooooooooooooooo long ago!! >>> Guss beat; sounds decent, and there’s a repetitive-soundin’ hook, here… Nothin’ to piss me off, but nothin’ to really capture my attention, so that’s a 50/50, I guess, for my feedback on tha hook? Hearin’ tha 1st verse from you and it’s ehh; again, nothin’ really much ta say. I honestly thought I’d be bashin’ on your lyrics, non-stop, but it’s just regular feedback… Let’s hear what we got for this 2nd verse… Oh, more of tha song remaining, so tha 2nd verse’s you, and it’s soundin’ aight/a lil’ betta… Surprisingly, T2 on tha 3rd verse sounds betta than you, here. Of course, that always happens with my sketchy anticipation. And, nothin’ to bitch about, as far as lyrics; wow, this really snuck past me! My Rating: 3.5

07. “Ack Rite” feat. Murda Mop
>>> A catchy song fa tha ladies with this repeatin’ title; not bad… Hearin’ you on tha 1st verse and it’s pretty good; nothin’ really ta say… Hearin’ tha 2nd verse and it’s straight; can’t complain ‘bout this verse, either… Hearin’ Murda Mop on tha 3rd verse and it’s decent, as well. His verse has a better 225 vibe to it than tha previous verses on this track, so shout out ta this “Bankstown” dude. My Rating: 3.6

08. “Cumin’ Thru” feat. Lil’ Juice (YNW$)
>>> Nice anthemic, Louisiana-soundin’ start to tha beat, here… Tha hook sounds nice ta hear; good shit. You on tha 1st verse, here, comin’ through wit a jam—ahh, you kinda ruined it with, “I’m ‘bout my money;” bad line! I mean, when doin’ services with me, you can be “‘bout [your] money,” and that would be great for me! However, I just don’t like hearin’ it in music; it’s too over-talked about! Hearin’ this Juice dude on tha 2nd verse and he sounds like a slower, less-indistinct version of Sam I Am; pretty-good, overall… And, it’s back to you on tha 3rd verse, comin’ through wit a party, here, “1999” style. My Rating: 3.8

09. “Shawty Want”
>>> Nice warped beat start, but those intro vocals sound like a turn-off… Ehh, really not likin’ tha voice and “money” lyrics ta start this off… To play it safe, why don’t I just skip this? Think that’ll be fine, before I crash and fall asleep when I gotta get up fa work at 3 AM, tomorrow! *Gets ready to skip…* Okay, a normal voice on tha 1st verse from you; I’ll give this a slight chance, though that gon make me open to anything you say, on here… Hearin’ tha 1st verse and I’m not really inta this; you still braggin’ ‘bout tha dumb-ass “money,” smh! Really boring 2nd verse, here, just continuously braggin’ ‘bout tha “money,” and then, tha “bad bitch” ta follow dat up, smh! Anything typical you want, just ask Mike! My Rating: 1.1

½time: It’s 9:24 PM and unfortunately, I’m pausing tha review until tomorrow. If this CD—not “mixtape,” CD/album it iz—would’ve been better, I would’ve prolly had enough motivation to continue this. But, I’m shot; yup, Gates, I do get tiiiied! With that bein’ said, at tha ½ point, tha average CD rating’s only at a 3.3; time fa me ta get some ZzzzzzzZ! *Goes to sleep…* *Returns after working, napping & eating at 5:29 PM on April 8th…*

10. “Tell Me” feat. Terrance Hines
>>> “[???] on tha track…;” hmm… Nice beat and nice, energetic hook about bein’ “tha shit;” great sound! I ain’t expect this to be better than average… Well, hearin’ tha 1st verse from you and it ain’t too bad; diggin’ your G-type rhymes… Tha 2nd verse from Terrance Hines sounds nice, too, fa this Rouge. I almost thought he would’ve sung on this track, based off his name… Hearin’ you on tha 3rd verse and it’s yada, yada, yada fa me… Yeah, “So much money;” that line don’t turn me on!! However, I do like that line about you gettin’ “pulled over,” with “bars” and shit in tha car; interestin’… My Rating: 3.9 (almost a 4.0-type rating if it wasn’t for all tha “money” shit…)

11. “Thank I Ain’t” feat. Lil’ Sheppard
>>> Of course, a “stack paper” reference in tha hook; what else iz new…? Nice beat, though, and other than that reference, tha hook sounds good. Hearin’ you on tha 1st verse and it sounds pretty nice, preparin’ tha listeners fa a chance ta get “murked,” as far as your hood. Hearin’ Sheppard on tha 2nd verse and he on dat French Montana shit wit not worryin’ “about nothin’;” consistent-soundin’ verse, here, to go with tha vibe… See, he said, “Stack dat paper like Lego;” he snuck it in and didn’t drag it out, at least. My Rating: 4.0

12. “Focus”
>>> Nice beat start, with an “internet rap” sound; don’t fuck it up… When I say, “Internet rap,” once again, it reminds me of when random ‘people’ that claimed they were random ‘rappers’ would randomly rap off a beat and post it on message board forums / Soundclick; that’s what this sound reminds me of! As far as tha 1st verse, it ain’t too bad, here… Hearin’ tha hook and I can see how you had to “focus on” a “money” reference, once again; what’s next…? Luckily, a good portion of tha remaining hook doesn’t mention “money” too much! Hearin’ tha 2nd verse and it’s good; not that bad… Quit it with tha “money long” rhymes; it makes me hear it in one ear and out tha other! My Rating: 3.6

13. “Understand Me”
>>> “Realest shit I eva wrote?” Well, I hope it don’t have “money, money, money” in tha lyrics!! Hearin’ tha beat and it’s decent; not tha kinda shit I fuck wit that much, but it’s whateva… Tha 1st verse sounds good wit how you comin’ through wit tha rhymes… Hearin’ tha hook and it’s good for a biopic or somethin’… Tha 2nd verse doesn’t sound too bad, here, but why an early dad, once again? If that was me, as behind as I am with old reviewz, video countdowns, etc., I would feel like I’d neva catch up! It’s bad enough tha way I am, right now, as far as free time! But yeah, a decent song for me, overall. My Rating: 3.4

14. “Root Of All Evil (Pt. 2)”
>>> Yeah, yeah, yeah, whateva @ this hook; true, but literally, that’s your only focus: “MONEY!!” Nice Baton Rouge sound in tha beat, though, but all these “money” references in tha 1st verse makes me not take this too serious, as far as enjoyin’ it as somethin’ to bump! I mean, it’s good as far as tha quality of a 2010s Baton Rouge track, but it’s like a guilty pleasure to me ‘cause I don’t fuck wit dat typical, “money” rap! Keepin’ it goin’ wit tha 2nd verse, here, and hmm, do you masturbate to “money,” based off of how many times you gotta mention it on this CD? If this was me with my music, I would prolly mention it only once or twice on a whole entire CD, and that’s to describe how I was robbed, which feels like I was raped! All right, already, with tha ending!! You’re lucky this a generous rating from tha infamous FTLD!! My Rating: 3.7

15. “Hunger Pains” feat. Lil’ Sheppard
>>> Anotha nice-soundin’ BR track, as far as tha beat; let’s see how this goes… Tha hook sounds good with your “stomach fulla pain;” nice hook, unlike tha previous track’s hook! Hearin’ tha 1st verse and it sounds good, describin’ how your life has evolved… Ehh @ “make that paper, stack…;” bleh… I was gon say, “Where’d that feature come outta?” Came outta nowhere on tha 2nd verse (Sheppard), and it sounds good; feelin’ his older-soundin’ hood rhymes. Funny how my credit for tha streetz has evolved in a larger way than eva; neva thought I’d be where I’d be, today! Can go through any hood and get along wit any race, gender, type, etc.; feels great to be versatile! Hearin’ you on tha 3rd verse and it sounds good, with your generation of tha hood; nice… Looks like there wasn’t really any complainin’ ova this track, here; nice job… My Rating: 4.1

16. “Anotha Day” feat. Ben Frank (Pancho)
Ben Frank, tha dude who always be on tha toilet, lol? Don’t think I heard him rap before… >>> Don’t know these producers’ names, but it sounds like quality, here… Hearin’ tha hook and I ain’t really into these “blessed”-type songs; not too bad on tha hook, here… Bleh @ tha start to tha 1st verse from you: “I thought it was some money;” really? Like, does that matter to you? Though I like tips and pay at my job, still, who doesn’t luv servin’ customers donuts?! Even down to eatin’ ‘em! And, you say, “I’m 25, now;” yeah, younger than me by two years (maybe, one)… Hearin’ Mr. Frank on tha 2nd verse and he reppin’ fa dat “S4” like you. Yuck @ “I been gettin’ money;” I don’t get tha obsession in every fuckin’ song!!! Oh yeah, now that I remember, Calie Frank’s tha one that shits; I got ‘em mixed up… Either way, just average, here… My Rating: 3.2

17. “G.R.O.D.T. (GetRichOrDieTryin’)”
>>> Likin’ tha lil’ piano-soundin’ intro, here, in tha beat… Hearin’ tha 1st verse and it sounds good; kinda sounds like some Jay Z-like track to rap on… Yeah, kinda like “Dead Presidents”—oh, that title, yawn; can’t get away from “money” topics!! Tha hook doesn’t sound too bad, here; just sounds like a regular song ta me… Hearin’ you on tha 2nd verse and it ain’t too bad, as well; nice, consistent rhymes… Kinda a lil’ bit of “money”-obsessed shit toward tha end, includin’ my Jay Z-referenced beat; weird call, and I even like it better than some of tha shit on here! My Rating: 3.7

18. “Dis Ain’t Da Way”
>>> Nice Baton Rouge-soundin’ beat, includin’ this hook; nice… Hearin’ tha 1st verse and it’s pretty nice; good job… Even tha 2nd verse’s soundin’ nice, here; feelin’ tha quality you bringin’ to tha streetz of BR, here… My Rating: 4.2

19. “Who Can I Call On”
>>> I kinda feel like this, now: “Nobody to call;” nobody hits my line up, anymore; there’s no such thing as business in Louisiana, now. I can’t believe how dead everything’s been! Not diggin’ tha “money” shit in tha hook, but this ain’t bad, as far as tha quality southern beat… Hearin’ tha 1st verse and it sounds like you’re on a mission to “call” someone. I remember those dayz at 10 PM (9 PM, Louisiana time), back in 2009 & 2010, when tha minutes were free on tha phone and I’d randomly call people from Louisiana! LOL, what tha hell with those times! I had no life and sat in a room, all day! Glad I’ve found success, as far as friendships, goin’ out, and more!! Tha 2nd verse sounds good ta hear, too; sounds like a catchy song, overall! “My life be like a movie;” like how you say that… My Rating: 4.1

Overall: Other than a bunch of tha “money” rhymes, I thought this CD was straight. It had its moments where I was bored, easily, but there was some quality in it.


19.       “Shawty Want” 1.1
18.       “No Fairytale” 3.1
17.       “Anotha Day” feat. Ben Frank (Pancho) 3.2
16.       “Cum Wit It” 3.3
15.       “Understand Me” 3.4
14.       “Count Musik” feat. T2 3.5
13.       “Focus” 3.6
12.       “All My Niggas” feat. J Boy 3.6
11.        “Ack Rite” feat. Murda Mop 3.6
10.       “Root Of All Evil (Pt. 2)” 3.7
09.       “G.R.O.D.T. (GetRichOrDieTryin’)” 3.7
08.       “Be Like Mike” feat. Leedre Ali 3.7
07.       “Cumin’ Thru” feat. Lil’ Juice (YNW$) 3.8
06.       “Tell Me” feat. Terrance Hines 3.9
05.       “Thank I Ain’t” feat. Lil’ Sheppard 4.0
04.       “Who Can I Call On” 4.1
03.    “Hunger Pains” feat. Lil’ Sheppard 4.1
02.    “Dis Ain’t Da Way” 4.2
01.    “Live From Angola” (Cherokee) 4.4

Average CD Rating Review:

Total Score:                      68.0
Total Songs:                      / 19
Average CD Rating:       3.6

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