High off life; drunk off success. While Chevy Woods enjoys the buzz that was sure to follow his new mixtape, Red Cup Music, some of you have yet to even take a sip of the latest release from Taylor Gang. Thankfully, Chris Hart had his fill of Bombay and lemonade (the way of the Gang), and has analized his experience for your interest. It is once again with great pleasure that I allow Muzik’s My Life to be his platform. Whether you prefer “smoking by the zip” or “drinking by the gallon”, the time has come to “party hard late night—Jimmy Fallon”! Keep in mind: there’s no shame in being fashionably late. The floor is yours, Chris . . .
Chevy Woods Red Cup Music
Reviewed By: Chris Hart
Every rapper has one. 50 Cent had Lloyd Banks, Eminem had Proof and Jay-Z had Memphis Bleek. The long and arduous story of the hip-hop “hype man.” Believed to be just incredibly lucky friends of these superstars, they nevertheless hang out in the studio, get time in the booth, and subsequently record and release mixtapes and albums. Even more rare than making it in the music business, is bringing with you a hype man or friend that has legitimate talent. In some cases it works, as we have seen with Lloyd Banks. In others, they merely end up “Memphis Bleek-ed.” Add Chevy Woods to the former, because Taylor Gang isn’t just one and done.
On Red Cup Music, Chevy not only demonstrates a true ear for beats and ability to rhyme, but does the unthinkable: steps out of his mentors shadow and holds his own. Years touring as Wiz Khalifa’s hype man have done him well, allowing him to progress as an artist, making major leaps and bounds since his oft-forgotten about mixtape debut Pilot Shit.
Red Cup Music starts and ends on a rather pleasant note, with an instrumental intro and outro framing the mixtape. The beats aren’t anything particularly special, but the “Intro” immediately sets the tone for the tape, while the “Outro” eases you out like a cool-down period after a hard workout.
After the “Intro”, Chevy has one thing on his mind: for you to party and get fucked up. The antithesis of Wiz’s Kush & OJ, this mixtape promotes alcohol over reefer consumption, although there is plenty of that in club-ready tracks such as “Drunk In Vegas”, “Straight Ballin’” and “Jimmy Fallon.” With chorus’ that encourage chanting and Lex Luger style, bass-heavy dramatic beats, these tracks are perfect for a night out. “Fucked Up” is also strong, with a slow building, minimalist beat relying on heavy snare drums and long synth-key holds. Chevy’s flow is also unique here, blending his own cadence with a very KiD CuDi-esque deep, slow and emotionally detached tone. Juicy J provides some more gangsta on “Word Of Mouth.” The best of these up-tempo tracks comes in the form of the French Montana-assisted “Deep Sea Divin’.” French does his duty, but is outshone when Chevy shares his hunger, exclaiming “Rumble in the jungle / Frazier, Ali / Twelve rounds for any n*gga tryin’ ta stop my feast.”
Not every song can be a party, and when things get low-key, Chevy really shines. His time with Wiz really shows here, as he absolutely nails “Spectator” and “Shaft.” Both are laid-back, chill tracks that encourage you to roll up, pour up or both. “Campaign”, produced by 18th Letta, uses the Mos Def track “The Panties” as the majority of its beat, with the sample ever so slightly sped up and a snare or two thrown in for good measure. This is the type of song Taylor Gang is known for and Chevy provides the goods. “Slo’d” borrows heavy from UGK with a chopped-n-screwed chorus, allowing Chevy to sing one verse and rap another, and will be the go-to smokers anthem on Red Cup Music.
The most unique song, my favorite and the one that will leave most bobbing their heads while simultaneously scratching them is “She In Love.” The song samples the vocals and part of the hypnotic keys from ATC’s “All Around The World.” I encourage you to first listen to this song, via iTunes or YouTube, and then partake of Chevy’s track. It’s honestly amazing what is done here in terms of production, and Chevy is at his lyrical best. “So let me blow for a minute / Can I smoke for a minute? / Gotta have a few rolled before I hop in it / Mama be cool cuz you with the Gang / They talk about us cuz they can’t do the same / Trick Daddy, OK, Uh-huh / What’s up, shut up.”
All in all, Pittsburgh has done it again. Mac Miller scored last week with a tape of his best work, we are a mere seven days away from the most anticipated rap release of the year in Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers, and Chevy Woods has proven himself not just a hype man, but the next big thing out of Taylor Gang. Summer is around the corner, and now that Chevy has delivered Red Cup Music, excuse me while I stock up on Bombay and Silo’s.
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