Showing posts with label Mixerr Album Reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mixerr Album Reviews. Show all posts

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,540

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Lil Mo - P.S. iLoveMe Reloaded Diva.

Lil Mo - P.S. iLoveMe Reloaded Diva that came out on her independent label HoneyChild Entertainment back in 2014. P.S. iLoveMe Reloaded Diva is iLoveMe revisited with additional tracks that did not make to the iLoveMe album. The songs that were not included on iLoveMe were Rock Star, Secret Lovers, Anotha One, and Be Sure. P.S. iLoveMe came out on CD from on her independent label HoneyChild Entertainment back in 2011.

This album's production is a lot better and louder volume-wise than the Pain & Paper album was. Lil Mo is back to her 4 star self on this album! Songs like Take Me Away, Love Song, Movie, Higher, and iLoveMe with songstress/soul vocalist Tweet are highlight tracks. Every song on here is a banger!


iLoveMe features songstress and soul vocalist Tweet. Tweet lays down the smooth slow melody with her smooth soulful voice. iLoveMe is a Lil Mo and Tweet duet. The song iLoveMe raises awareness in self-love. The song iLoveMe is about self-love. Loving yourself for who you are. Lil Mo and Tweet take it to church on this one! iLoveMe is a love song of course.

The uprising of dawn begins with a piano solo at the beginning of iLoveMe. Beautiful job on the viola chorus in the background. The violins help accompany the viola. Lil Mo incorporates elements of rock laced into soul music on iLoveMe.

Lil Mo doesn’t know what self-love feels like. Lil Mo doesn’t where to begin. So she’ll start right here. Just when Lil Mo was about to give up, he pulled up to her heart. The man wants a bond with her. Something about him seemed so different to Lil Mo. Something that she never felt. It feels like she lost herself trying to find him. It feels like she’s living a lie just for him. So now it’s time to tell the truth. iLoveMe more than iLoveYou. Lil Mo finds out that she loves herself more than she loves you.

Tweet is next up. Tweet lays down the smooth slow melody with her smooth soulful voice. She tired of walking the thin line and hitting walls of regret & sorrow. It’s better that they call it quits. Just when Tweet was about to give up, he pulled up to her heart. Sharing love with him is so innocent and heaven sent. (It feels like she forced herself trying to love him.) It feels like she’s living a lie just for him. So now it’s time to tell the truth. iLoveMe more than iLoveYou.

Because you have changed. Tweet no longer gives to you pain. Love remains here with Tweet. (Love remains here with me.) She made it through the pain and she finally sees clearly. So clearly. Tweet finds out that she loves herself more than she loves you.


On The Floor has that Baltimore go-go dance sound to it with usage of the new school soul. On The Floor is dedicated to ladies up in the club. The beats are quite hyphy. One can wonder if Lil Mo or the producer was influenced by the Bay Area hyphy sound when it came to music production. Lil Mo’s lyrics and ad-libbing is super superb. Fatman Scoop does his usual annoying chanting in the background which ruins the whole song of course. But that’s what he does best and what he is internationally know for. Take Missy Elliott - Loose Control (feat. Batman Scoop and Ciara) for instance.

On The Floor is an ode to ladies in the club and to the dancers outside. Dancers will love dancing to the track as the bpm is perfect for such dancing to. On The Floor is a song that makes you want to move and groove. The go-go dance sound from Baltimore is perfect for this track.


Love Song has that nostalgic childhood memories/playful mood feeling to it. It feels as if you are taking a walk down memory lane when listening to Love Song. The beats are on point and the production is extremely loud as the volume for some reason has been turned up very high. Love Song is, well, obviously a love song of course.

Perfect Man is about how Lil Mo is looking for the perfect man to be her wife. Lil Mo is looking for “the one” exactly for her. She is addicted to a man’s love. Lil Mo is looking for someone to love and hold on to. She’s looking for someone she can trust. But she has not someone for herself truly for her. She wonders if she’ll ever be complete.

One for the Road is revisits the same One for the Road song from her Pain & Paper album from 2007. This version is comepltey different from the 2007 version. This version uses autotune and is more upbeat. Much more than the mid tempo version.

I rate this album, P.S. iLoveMe Reloaded Diva, 4/5****!!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,539

Ex-boyfriend was released on Toukuma Records, D4P Music, and  Victor Entertainment in 2004 on CD. Lil Ai - Ex-boyfriend is sometimes referred to as an album by hardcore longtime Lil Ai fans although its duration time is short as an EP. Despite this EP’s short duration, Lil Ai fans still refer to the Ex-boyfriend EP as an album. In fact, Ex-boyfriend is a mini-album. Her cute attractive voice is what led fans to buy this EP. The pop elements are strong on this EP. A flavor of J-Pop is added into the mix of R&B and pop in this mini-album. Sounds of Ex-boyfriend are similar to the sounds of pop and R&B from the 90s. Ex-boyfriend is perfect for both R&B lovers and pop lovers.

Her charm in her singing makes people happy. While certainly not too hardcore, her charm lies in the music. There is a youthful presence in her voice when it comes to singing. Her voice is super cute. She is also an accomplished dancer known in the underground music scene in the country of Japan. She can be seen dancing in her own music videos. At times, Lil Ai is modest. Lil Ai is modest in taste.
[Lil Ai is a female pop singer from the Ryukyu Islands in Japan. Lil Ai (リルアイ) is Ai Kawamitsu (アイ川満愛) [Kawamitsu Ai (川満愛)].]


Lil Ai gets soulful on 純粋な罪. (純粋な罪 means pure sin in Japanese.) Elements of loneliness and isolation as she feels loneliness on Pure Sin. Pure Sin was not so much a smash hit with Lil Ai fans as songs Ex-boyfriend and Without U were on this mini-album within reason. It’s hit and miss in the J-Pop market. Overall 純粋な罪 (Pure Sin) was a flop.

Lil Ai takes jabs at her ex-boyfriend on the song Ex-boyfriend. She expresses her hatred and disgust towards her ex-boyfriend relating to love long lost. She often wonders if she did the right thing by dumping her boyfriend to be with someone else. Yet Lil Ai still has feelings for her ex-boyfriend. She still secretly loves him inside her heart. Her cute attractive voice is what captures her audiences attention for this song.

Lil Ai sings about loneliness and isolation on Without U. Elements of loneliness, desperation, and isolation are prevalent on Without U hence the song title. Elements of loneliness and isolation stand out the most as she feels loneliness without her lover. She feels isolated without her lover by her side. Whenever she’s without him, she feels lonely. It hurts her emotionally. Some people may think Lil Ai sings about love long lost on Without U. However that is not the case for this Lil Ai song.

Toasty Sunday has a somewhat mellow sound with an upbeat vibe as Toasty Sunday is a mellow melody. The BPM is not too fast. Beats for Toasty Sunday follow the melody perfectly. Her vocals are perfect without error nor flaw. Her cute attractive voice captures her audiences.

I rate this single, Ex-boyfriend, 3/5***.

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,538

Jeru’s The Sun Rises In The East album has to be the most underrated album in Hip Hop/Rap history! DJ Premiere's dope production skills on the album from start to finish. He is nearly all over the album. DJ Premiere was at high point in the 90s and early 00s. It has that dope 90s sound to it because nearly all the tracks are sample crazy as a lot Hip Hop/Rap albums were in the 80s and 90s. No filler tracks. No filler material. You don't get albums like this anymore! I can't believe this fell off the radar! This is a must have!

I rate this album, The Sun Rises In The East, 5/5*****!!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,537

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Lil Band O Gold - Plays Fats! (2014)

This record was dedicated to blues musician Fats Domino. So Lil Band O Gold turned this album into a tribute album for Fats Domino which is why the album obviously has a Fats Domino meets Lil Band O Gold type of feel. All 14 tracks on this album are covers of Fats Domino songs. Several classic songs from Fats Domino are covered on this album by Lil Band O Gold. Lil Band O Gold has graced their fans with such great Fats Domino Songs. The outfit was arranged by their guitarist C.C. Adcock.

I rate this album, Plays Fats, 4/5****!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,536

This is Michael Mixerr. Tonight I will review Habeas Corpus - Crucified. Enjoy this album review about California thrash/death metal act Habeas Corpus.

Beneath the Clay is a song exactly about how one must find their own meaning in life. With life comes change. Changes will occur throughout life. Life is what you make of it and with life comes curiosity. You will never foresee what lies Beneath the Clay.

Garden of Shadows seems to have been inspired by the Tomb Raider OST. Garden of Shadows is similar to Shadows of War. Think Tomb of the Unknown. Souls linger in The Garden of Shadows.

When Asked to Kill was inspired by the losses of the soldiers whom have which have suffered in war to gain our freedoms and rights that we have today. Soldiers are trained to kill and kill only. These soldiers are placed in hostile situations at young ages. These soldiers often asked themselves. “Will I be able to perform my duties?” “When I'm asked to kill...or be killed.”

Habeas Corpus comes at you from every from every angle and every perspective on this album! They enunciate clearly in their messages.

I rate this album, Crucified, 5/5*****!!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,535

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will do a review on Papa Chuk - The Badlands (NOW! Recording Systems, Inc. version).

The Badlands album covers all topics in Hip Hop/Rap such as isolation, poverty, racism, police brutality, sex, drugs, prostitution, revolution, and just having a good time. No filler tracks! Every track knocks. The Badlands is a much forgotten album that is a Hip Hop/Rap classic and was one of the most underrated albums of 1994. I don't know how this album didn't hit the BillBoard! It's a shame it didn't. Unfortunately this is his only album to date. This album is a must have!

The production was done by the locally known DJ Cassanova from the ATX. Production was also done by Kevin Moore, Amelia Moore, Double D of Wreckshop Records, Tony Dofat, Doug Lazy, O.C. Rodriguez, Scratch God, Shetero Henderson, and Bernie Bismark. There are a few guest emcee appearances from Champ MC, Butch Cassidy, Neil Young, and the local cats from The Texas Posse.

Papa Chuk has that Rudeboy & Reggae Jamaican accent that KRS-One, Biz Markie, Mad Lion, Redman, Lady Apache, and Little Indian had. It's really cool! Maybe that was one of the reasons the album didn't sell so well in the market. He sounded like he was from Jamaica or New York instead of Texas as the Geto Boys, Scarface, Nemesis, Ron C, Choice, and Point Blank did.


Show Me Some ID deals with the issue of underage prostitution. Show Me Some ID samples Down By The River by Buddy Miles. The track has both a bluesy and jazz feel to it. Overall it has a jazzy touch.

Down N' Dirty is a party track which features Champ MC. East Coast hip hop and rap meets southern rap. It’s a Papa Chuk and Champ MC collabo.

Trunk of Funk is trunk music. Trunk of Funk was the buzz single for this album which was a classic. People from Austin and Houston were bumping this joint heavily back in the 90s. Radio stations across Texas played this song heavily in rotation. This song is great trunk music!

Flip The Shit is a posse cut that features members from Section A Movement (Chuk & Quince) and local cats from The Texas Posse outta Austin, Texas. Flip The Shit is ATX hip hop at its finest.

Desolate One tackles the issues of social problems such as violence, poverty, and isolation. Papa Chuk goes mad reggae on Desolate One. In The Badlands, people carry guns and often resort to violence. Those are their tactics. Papa Chuk carries a gun for protection. Blacks are easy to resort to gun violence. Violence is very common amongst African Americans as Papa Chuk describes. This again is one of the problems African Americans face today.

IAB deals with how soldiers are treated in the military by the higher-ups in the government. Papa Chuk drops mad political science on the track IAB. Papa Chuk lets the United States Army that he is not their soldier toy. He now debates on the US Estate about how they run the world because they’re racist. The Foreign Affairs department of the US bombs Iraq for thrills. Papa Chuk establishes distrust towards the US Government. IAB is a very revolutionary track in its own way and its own right.

Lord Have Mercy deals with child abuse, sexual assault on minors, violence against such children, bodily harm towards minors, and plain outright abuse. The children that were mentioned in this track were used as tools for underage prostitution. The morals went away all at the children’s expense for that bliss sexual gratification. A heartless effort to earn a buck. People are under the false impression that children can’t get AIDS. Lord Have Mercy deals with the issue of underage prostitution.

Now the NOW! Recording Systems, Inc. version of The Badlands album on cassette has an unreleased track called Freak It Crazy. Freak It Crazy can only be found on this cassette and nowhere else. For some reason this was removed from the retail album. The song has a dope beat over heavy bass. Freak It Crazy has that East Coast hip hop sound.


Papa Chuk deals with the social problems African Americans face today Niggahs Will Be Niggahs. For example the black on black disrespect in the black community. Mainly Niggahs Will Be Niggahs deals with the problems of African Americans of which they have.

Blacks are easy to resort to gun violence. Violence is very common amongst African Americans as Papa Chuk describes. Gun violence is what kills African Americans faster than AIDS. This again is one of the problems African Americans face today.


Papa Chuk looses his mind about how there is so much madness, pandemonium, and insanity going on in the world on the track Runaway. Papa Chuk combats many issues that plague the American way of life and lifestyle as he does on many other tracks on this album. This is which he is known for doing for. Runaway samples Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay. Runaway heavily relies on the sample of Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay which is played throughout the entirtey of the song.

Papa Chuk vents out his frustration on this track. It’s quite hectic. It’s feels like Dr. Strange. You can feel that Dr. Strange vibe. Anyway, Papa Chuk shows no compassion for the country (US) he was born and raised in. Democracy in retrospect is another word for hypocrisy. Papa Chuk combats many issues that plague the American way of life.

Black people are often pimped out of the American lifestyle. They have AIDS injected into their blood track and drugs moved into their neighborhoods. Papa Chuk discusses how black people in America are played and pimped by the government.

Clearly Papa Chuk supports the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana is better than that alcohol. How many people do you hear about or know that have died from the high effects of marijuana? Legalize it and everybody will advertise it.

There’s nothing for Papa Chuk here. Mentally or spiritually speaking. If it weren’t for Islam, he would be virtually cloned, dum, deaf, and blind. A desolate mind of the American kind. Living off greed and welfare like everyone else. Mainly living off greed. He just wants to runaway. Runaway from all his problems and insanity.


For those who don't know, Papa Chuk (born Charles Roberts), was born in Oakland and moved to Houston at age 9. From that point, he went back and forth to his mom's house in Houston while he went to school in Austin. That's how he was regionally known in both Austin and Houston. He was popular there from 1992 to 1995.

Papa Chuk is one of the founders of what was called the Sector A Movement (some were members of Texas Posse) with Big, Quince One, and X-Man who went on to work with Dallas Austin of TLC. You might remember his raw and gritty flows on the Funky Science/Texas Roughneck single/EP in 1992 with DJ Cassanova that came of Houston/Austin in the Early 90s. In the mid 90s he got shot when it wasn't cool to get shot. When 2Pac got shot, people started thinking it was cool to get shot. Now we have all these wanna-be studio gangsters. (That's another story. Look it up.)


I rate this album, The Badlands (NOW! Recording Systems, Inc. version), 5/5*****!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,534

Kamikaze is the hottest album of September 2018. Eminem’s album Kamikaze dissed the new school mumble rappers of today. He dissed them lyrically in a hardcore way it shocked the public. The album has such ferocity and aggression. The Kamikaze album has charted at #1 on the Billboard Charts in 34 countries including Zimbabwe and Yemen.

However the album has not shied away from controversy. It has sparked the Machine Gun Kelly vs. Eminem feud. Eminem destroyed Machine Gun Kelly lyrically. Ja Rule responded by posting on social media which refueled a feud from the beginning of millennium. Which was irrational as that only added fire to the fuel by adding into the controversy. Of course people will do anything to relaunch or revive their music careers. Eminem has been criticized for using anti-LGBTQ slurs on songs from his Kamikaze album. His lyrics have been described as homophobic.

Artwork for the front cover design parodies the 1986 album Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill. The front album cover features a F-86 Sabre fighter jet fighter pilot. LT. Mathers III is the fighter pilot flying the F-86 Sabre fighter jet aircraft. Eminem pays homage and tribute to the Beastie Boys while parodying them at the same time. Eminem has cited them as an inspiration for several years.

I rate this album, Kamikaze, 4/5****! 

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,533

This is Michael Mixerr. This noon I am reviewing Peter Nic - Alonely.

Alonely is a Peter Nic album that delves into why we sometimes feel alone during certain times of our lives. There's something about being alone that affects your thoughts, emotions and life choices. Being alone vs being lonely are two very separate things. You essentially don't know where to go. Alonely was released as an internet album online in 2017. The album cover artwork and title for this album are stylized as “A.LONE-LY”. Alonely is regarded as one of the best R&B/pop albums of 2017!

Imagine that you've decided to take on a life of artistic creativity, which by the way has no guaranteed income or reliability. And now you're constantly falling into a lull because every door you knock on has nobody home. So you essentially don't know where to go.


Alonely is a song about Peter’s girlfriend and being lonely. Alonely is a “leave me out to be alone now” type of song. Being alone vs being lonely are two very separate things.

Peter has a girlfriend who he knows treats him good. She’s never whiny even though she knows she could. Peter kept her close to him. Peter keep it in no anymore. He has expressed desire to stay with his girlfriend. Who says you should feel bad about it? The thoughts beating round in your head. Who says we can’t talk about it?

Peter expresses desire to stay with his girlfriend in the following verses.:
Like nothing has ever been said
Well I just wanna talk about it
'cause I wanna stay with you right now

Peter tells the listener(s) “Don’t you know what it’s like to have nothing from something you planned?”. So f***ing lonely. It is clear that Peter is very lonely.


Stranger is about how you’re watching yourself from someone else's perspective. It’s like you’re watching yourself from someone else's perspective and you are judging yourself because you don’t visually have something or anything to prove like everyone else around you. Stranger is about how people change over time.

Seeing people that were different just yesterday is a complete change from your perspective. You’re not that different from everyone else though. It’s just stranger how someone else's perspective changes about you and yourself. What you are now and what you were back then are two completely different things. Things ain’t how they used to be.


Look At The Time explores how Peter used to be in the past. And it’s not perfect timing and nothing is aligning where he wants. He has the “I’m my worst enemy” feeling on this song. There’s no hiding the truth. Time has made no difference yet still something is wrong.

During the play-out is where Peter Nic falls in too deep as Sum 41 did in 2000. Who knows if this might have been Peter’s intention or not.

[Play-out]
We may fall in too deep I know
I know
We may fall in too deep I know
I know
We may fall in too deep I know
I know


Green Jackets is a unique and interesting song about being like everyone else or being the same like a clone. What is unique about this song is its title. You would have thought with a title such as “Green Jackets” that this song would be about sports. However that is not the case.

A reference to being a clone can be heard during Verse 2.

[Verse 2]
Time to set the pace now will ya
Be the first to lead the chase we say
It’s a kind of clone-like space
Is there any reason why you look a lot
Like the others round the place
We say


I rate this album, Alonely, 5/5*****!!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,532


One might think the Sa-Duece album artwork was similar to a lesbian porn film due to the ways they are posing for the front cover and back cover. The album portrays them to be as lesbians. Take notice on how they are up close and personal with each other.

The female R&B duo seems to be performing an act of scissoring for the front cover. Notice how they are up close to one another. They seem to be rubbing their vulvas against each other. On the back cover is where the duo is joined up in a “butt to butt fashion” where they press their asses up against each other. It seems like the two are taking a double dildo up the ass. However both of them do not appear to be bothered as they have casual looks on their faces.

Scissoring is an act of tribalism where a woman rubs her vulvas against her partner’s to achieve sexual satisfaction and stimulation either through use of a clitoris or dildo. Female-to-female genital contact is involved.


With all references to lesbianism aside, the album was not a success as it had peaked #79 on the Billboard Charts. Their only album was released in 1995 back when everyone and their mom & dad had an R&B group. That didn’t exactly help the group achieve success. The problem is that there were already too many female groups that had oversaturated the market.

Their only single was Don’t Waste My Time. That song was a moderate success hitting #42 on the Hot R&B Singles chart for Billboard. Don’t Waste My Time was a song that had a hip hop sound that met sultry R&B music.

Don’t Waste My Time is an R&B song that has a hip hop vibe and sound over a horn driven loop. The production is fairly typical for a song that was released in the mid 90s. It was a hit single for the duo.

The smooth subtleness of Body Knockin calms down the moon for the entire album. The song had a smooth R&B sound similar to a slow jam. Notice the slow tempo?

I rate this album 3/5***.

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,531

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I am going to review MC Overlord - Play To Win.

Play To Win by MC Overlord & True Color Posse was released on cassette only by REC Records in 1990. The album was never released on CD. Only a small amount of these were ever pressed. It's long out of print.

The sounds from this cassette are very different from the Overlord albums you hear today. The sounds you hear are from early Austin hip hop and rap. Rap was starting to set foot in Austin in the 90s. Funk meets rap and hip hop on this album.


Brick House is an MC Overlord & True Color Posse cover of Brick House by The Commodores band. It's a great cover version too! The song Brick is very similar to the song Brick by Dazz from 1976. The song itself is backed by live instrumentation.

Funk and rap meet soul music on this song with a New Jack swing touch to it. The New Jack swing sound comes with live instrumentation. The True Color Posse keeps the original lyrics intact while adding their own lyrics with a bit of hip hop flavor.


The song Spendin’ Money has the typical fast paced upbeat New Jack swing sound you would expect to hear on a rap album from 1990. It’s an MC Overlord & True Color Posse posse cut.

Spendin’ Money is a fictional story of wealth. It’s all rainbows and sunshine. The people are so kind. You aren’t doing badly because business is going well. It’s the good life.

After a day in the park you’re home before dark in Verse 2. Life has been good and it was from the start.You live to admire the things you desire. However you only wish you got rich quicker. Not everything is perfect. Your children all grew up. The act the same way you do. The things they want they demand be new. What is it? It’s a fairytale that Overlord has never seen.

You live with the high class. You get what you want. The rich will are first and the poor will remain last. You live on tax break with wealth that you make. The cash you earn is enough to burn. All in the world. Why should you care? It’s all for self satisfaction. It’s a fairytale Overlord can’t understand.


Promises, Promises was a 4 minute track written by MC Overlord and D. Edmondson. MC Overlord takes charge lyrically as a rapper being the head MC for the True Color Posse. The song has a more soulful mood than all the other songs on this album hence the soul sound.

You can hear the sounds of rain clearly at the beginning of Promises, Promises. The rain continues from there. 30 seconds into the song is where Overlord gets into a soulful mood. The song is a love song.


You're in it to win it on Play To Win! It's not about taking losses. It's about playing to win. It's about winning. That's how the game in the system works. MC Overlord takes charge lyrically as a rapper being the head MC for the True Color Posse. A funky keyboard organ is used to accomplish the hook for Play To Win. A funk driven guitar is used as well in the song.



*[REC Records is a division of REC Music Group, Inc.]

I rate this album, Play To Win, 5/5*****!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,530

Star Bird by LFSB was the first product of San Antonio hip hop and rap to have ever been released. LFSB was the Leroy Franklin Starbird Band. Leroy Franklin created a group in 1980 called the Leroy Franklin Starbird Band. He gathered 3 or 4 member to compose the group. The group only lasted a couple of years however. 

In 1981, Leroy Franklin went into the San Antonio studio of Manny Guerra with a group of session musicians to record his 2-sided masterpiece Star Bird. Star Bird is quite possibly the first Rap record ever recorded in Texas. LFSB - Star Bird was released on 45 vinyl in 1981 from Star Records.

LFSB, 2 Hard 2 Hype (Too Hard Too Hype), and PKO were the first hip hop and rap acts out of San Antonio, Texas. LFSB, 2 Hard 2 Hype, PKO, RCR, Big Tim, Born Fresh Posse, Nexus Mutants, and Black Asiatic were the only ones putting down any weight in San Antonio. There was really no on else.


Now the Star Bird jam is uptempo song. The tempo follows a funky guitar riff. Leroy Franklin tells us a cautionary tale about how drugs are no joke. Drugs make you do the things you do. The A-side is a spiritual, funky slice of modern soul, is reason enough for DJs and collectors to put this 45 in their box. The B-side is a spontaneous anti-drug rap over “Star Bird’s” instrumental track.

I rate this single, Star Bird, 4/5****!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,529

Avril Lavigne’s self-titled album from 2013 was highly slept on by the music industry and the general public. The album still contained some of Avril Lavigne’s iconic piano ballads and heavy rock influences. The album itself is a Here’s To Never Growing Up.

However music critics grew tired of her ideas and anthems. Many music critics responded with mixed reviews. Avril Lavigne’s self-titled album was her least successful album to date despite having Here’s To Never Growing Up and Rock N Roll as buzz singles. The album peaked at #5 on the BillBoard 200 yet suffered from low sales.


Avril Lavigne went back to her rebellious punk rock roots on the song Here’s To Never Growing Up. It's about being young and wanting to be young forever while living in the moment by having fun. The song itself is a nostalgia trip. Its music video on YouTube received millions of views online. Here’s To Never Growing Up was a hit and the lead single.

This song has a moderate tempo of 82 bpm and is composed almost entirely in the key of F major. This song has a moderate tempo similar to Complicated from 2002. The song has a “punch” in its sound due to constant usage of a kick drum. Guitars and drums are the melody.

At the beginning is where Avril references English rock band Radiohead. Ironically Radiohead is also featured in the chorus. At the chorus, she continues "We'll be running down the street yelling kiss my ass"

Avril declares her celebration to never maturing in the second verse. It is clearly a "celebration of being forever young".:

This is who we are
I don't think we'll ever change
They say 'Just grow up.’
but they don't know us
We don't give a fuck!


The songwriting on Hush Hush conveys such deep meaning as the song emits a barrage of feelings. Feelings such as regret, anger, hopefulness, and desperation. Hush Hush is a piano driven ballad that is an original song written by Avril Lavigne herself.

The song starts with a calm vibe where Avril whispers “hush” repeatedly. She seems to be trying to calm someone down or maybe even herself. This could have been after a fight or a breakdown. The chorus is full of pain and regret. She whispers in a peaceful and comforting way “hush hush” planing to ease the sorrow along with the mood.

Verse 2 is where Avril is now filled with regret.

[Verse 2]
When I try to forget you
I just keep on remembering
What we had, it was so true
And somehow we lost everything
Hush hush, now (Hush hush, now)


Rock N Roll has some fun, rebellious anthems. The song is about care-free non-conformance where Avril sing-shouts lyrics in her usual cadence and piercing voice. Her usual piercing falling cadence shimmers throughout the song. Chords from the guitar are electronically synchronized to a full drum kit.

This rock song is similar to classic rock anthems such as I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll, Detroit Rock City, I Wanna Rock, and We Will Rock You. The song itself pays homage and tribute to the genre of rock music hence the appropriate title.


Hello Kitty as a song was a PR disaster. The Hello Kitty music video was slammed by the news media along with the press. Avril Lavigne was accused of racism and cultural appropriation (or misappropriation depending on how you look at it) over the video's stereotypical depiction of Japanese culture. Avril Lavigne did not take the backlash very seriously which her hurt music career in a sense.

Mix the subgenres of J-pop, dubstep, and EDM, and the result is this song called Hello Kitty. The song is clearly inspired by J-pop. The song uses both the Japanese language and English language.


If the songs What The Hell, Wish You Were Here, Everybody Hurts, Not Enough, and Smile were included on this album, the this album would have been more of a success. Now if Avril paid attention to the backlash of controversy over the Hello Kitty music video, then her career and album sales would not have suffered.

I rate this album 3/5***!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,528

Kamikaze is the hottest album of September 2018. Eminem’s album Kamikaze dissed the new school mumble rappers of today. He dissed them lyrically in a hardcore way it shocked the public. The album has such ferocity and aggression. The Kamikaze album has charted at #1 on the Billboard Charts in 34 countries including Zimbabwe and Yemen.

However the album has not shied away from controversy. It has sparked the Machine Gun Kelly vs. Eminem feud. Eminem destroyed Machine Gun Kelly lyrically. Ja Rule responded by posting on social media which refueled a feud from the beginning of millennium. Which was irrational as that only added fire to the fuel by adding into the controversy. Of course people will do anything to relaunch or revive their music careers. Eminem has been criticized for using anti-LGBTQ slurs on songs from his Kamikaze album. His lyrics have been described as homophobic.

Artwork for the front cover design parodies the 1986 album Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill. The front album cover features a F-86 Sabre fighter jet fighter pilot. LT. Mathers III is the fighter pilot flying the F-86 Sabre fighter jet aircraft.= Eminem pays homage and tribute to the Beastie Boys while parodying them at the same time. Eminem has cited them as an inspiration for several years.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,527

Str8 No Chaser is an album from Detroit’s finest entertainer Eeyanjae. This album is his life story meaning that the Str8 No Chaser album is an autobiography of his life. Eeyanjae went the Prince route in the liner notes explaining the message behind this album. The album has sound similar to the “Motown sound”. This album blends the musical genres of hip hop/rap, jazz, R&B/soul, and rock.

Detroit’s Finest is about how and exactly why Eeyanjae is Detroit’s finest entertainer. He does not hold back while explaining in this song. Detroit’s finest entertainer Eeyanjae is one of the most underrated rappers from Detroit who is often overlooked with many others.

1st 2 Switch is about betrayal. It’s funny and scary how you never know which of your friends will be the first to switch their personalities by becoming different in a cold way because it’s a cold world. The mood for this song is cold hence a cold vibe along with a theme of betrayal. That is why this Eeyanjae song has such coldness.

Role Playa is about learning what life has to offer. Eeyanjae takes the listener(s) on a journey through life on this song of his. At some point in life we all have to be a role player. It’s funny how that works. Life is funny that way sometimes.

Cold World has a cold mood hence the cold vibe. That is why this Eeyanjae song has such coldness. The song is about surviving in a cold world. My Therapy is a song about how Eeyanjae uses music as his therapy.

The biggest concern of his is wanting to know his destiny until his future is clear. Eeyanjae searches for an answer to a clear future with no bleak outlook on the song I Wanna Know.

I rate this album, Str8 No Chaser, 5/5*****!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,526

That Throwed Yung Playa album by Yungstar was pretty much a compilation disguised and promoted as an album by Straight Profit Records and Epic Records in 2000. Yungstar can't hold down his own lyrical weight or solo tracks on an album by himself. He can’t hold down his own weight on an album by himself.

He only rapped on tracks such as Knockin’ Pictures Off Da Wall, Out Of Sight Out Of Mind, I’m Still A Baller, TYP, Gots To Be Everything, and Keep It Real. He barely rapped on any of this album. Just maybe a verse here and there. Or a few verses. The album features 21+ different rappers from the Houston area. 18 of which were from Southwest Houston. 2 from Missouri City (Mo City).

However the album does have its standout moments and highlight tracks such as Knockin’ Pictures Off Da Wall, Out Of Sight Out Of Mind, I’m Still A Baller, TYP, Gots To Be Everything, and Keep It Real. Music collectors have cherished and purchase this album for years. However they only purchase this album for replay value and for completion sake.

To sum it all up, the album is 50% gibberish and 50% features vice versa. The album is mainly a collectors item for completionists. Despite the downsides this album is a classic! This album is energetic but not too hedonistic.


The intro is where Yungstar comments on the importance of keeping his name in the rap game. At the time he was riding high on the success of Lil' Troy's Wanna Be a Baller song. He was in his prime back then.

Lil Flip and C-Note go on a lyrical freestyle for Grippin’ Grain. Lil Flip takes control of verses for the first 1/4th of the duration for this track. C-Note takes control halfway. The track samples Tony! Toni! Toné! - It Never Rains In Southern California. Solo D was responsible for production and musical arrangements. Grippin Grain is about money and living the high life.

TYP is a Straight Profit posse cut with Lil Flex, Black 1, and Slikk Breeze. TYP samples Michael Jackson - PYT hence the inspiration and title for this track. The track is laced with a dance pop sound over nonchalant hip hop beats and rap lyrics.

Knockin Pictures Off Da Wall was the hit single that caught a buzz over the radio stations in Houston, Texas. It was played continuously on the radio in 1999 and early 2000s. Yungstar held down his own weight lyrically on this song with Lil Flex providing background vocals. Knockin Pictures Off Da Wall was a Yungstar/Lil Flex duo cut.

I’m Still A Baller is where Yungstar revisits Lil Troy’s smash hit from 1998 called Wanna Be A Baller. Yungstar rode high on the success of that Lil Troy song. I’m Still A Baller picks up where Wanna Be A Baller left off. It’s cool how Yungstar incorporated the lyrics of his used in Wanna Be A Baller without using any samples. The song itself is a perfect Yungstar original. The song is a tale of materialism and gloss. It’s about money and living the high life. This is where he does floss.

Keep It Real is another Straight Profit posse cut. The song was produced by H-Town legendary producer Jhiame. R&B group Deep Threat provides backing as that soulful chorus you hear. Keep It Real samples Bills, Bills, Bills by Destiny’s Child.

Out Of Sight Out Of Mind has a banging bass line that you will surely remember. Lil Flex and Yungstar hold down the weight for most of the track. Particularly 1/4 of the track.

June 27 was the 18 minute freestyle that was included on the original 1999 pressing. This freestyle was originally created by DJ Screw. It was not included on the 2000 re-release due to sample clearance issues which is why Epic left the 18 minute freestyle off the nationwide release.


I rate this album, Throwed Yung Playa, 3/5***!

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This is Michael Mixerr. I am reviewing George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice.

George Michael was at the peak of his solo career when he released the Listen Without Prejudice Interview album in 1991. This album has a more acoustic vibe due to its instrumentation. He reflects on his music with such intensity. It was a complete departure from the sound off his debut album earlier in 1987. The album was platinum over several times in various countries across the world.

However it wasn’t all glamour for this solo star. He faced several challenges with Sony when recording the Listen Without Prejudice album. He claimed Sony did not promote his albums properly and was holding him back. Coincidentally it did not hinder the album from becoming another success surprisingly of course.

Despite the several challenges he faced with Sony when recording the Listen Without Prejudice album, the rewards and benefits turned out great. Recording this album to him was considered awarding.

Freedom is an upbeat dance track with an upbeat vibe. Of course the song is a ballad as George Michael is known for his ballads. Freedom samples Soul II Soul - Back To Life. The song received a great deal of play in the posh clubs of the United Kingdom.

Soul Free is a song that incorporates elements of soul music and dance music all into one song. The vibe is fairly upbeat and so is the sound. 

I rate this album, Listen Without Prejudice, 4/5****.

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This is Michael Mixerr.  Today I am going to review The Dayton Family ‎– Dope Dayton Ave. EP!

Dope Dayton Ave. was a demo pressed on cassette released on GrayT Records (GreyT Records) in 1994.  The Dayton Family had this tape circulating around Flint, Michigan. Only 500 copies were ever made and released. This demo tape is extremely and hard to come by or even find in retail stores. This album was released only in Flint. This demo cassette became a cult classic and a fan favorite in the underground scene of Flint rap amongst TDF fans. This tape was sold at Wyatt Earp’s Store in Flint also.

Some tracks from their demo cassette were from the albums FBI and What’s On My Mind. Most of these tracks are the demo versions which are different from the studio versions seen or heard from the albums FBI and What’s On My Mind. This demo is realistically more of an EP than an actual full length album due to its short duration.


This version of Dope Dayton Ave. is quite similar to the 1995 version of Dope Dayton Ave. heard on the What’s On My Mind album. Only the sound is a lot less polished and unmastered in terms of production and sound quality. This version of Dope Dayton Ave. has a more ghetto underground sound. The beats are raw. This is where The Dayton Family gets real raw. They are constantly aggressive on the track.

Dope Dayton Ave. is named after the infamous Dayton Avenue, is known as one of the most crime-ridden streets in Flint, Michigan. Bootleg, Shoestring, and Backstabba rap about coming up from their own upbringings living in the hardest conditions of the United States of America. The trio’s name is derived from Dayton Avenue in Flint.

This was the first track The Dayton Family had ever recorded. Dope Dayton Ave. was recorded in 1991 and released on a cassette single that was a demo with Ghetto Thang included. Dope Dayton Ave. was re-recorded in 1994 with Mark Taylor and J Robinson producing the track. The group began working with local producer Steve Pitts and formed The Dayton Family later.

Backstabba gets hardcore and aggressive. The track is known for its patterns of aggressiveness. Read his verses used in the lyrics of Dope Dayton Ave.:

nobody fucks me
especially on Dayton Avenue
because all I do is smoke weed, sell crack, and screw
brew too


Ghetto Thang is a demo of Ghetto from the FBI album that dropped in 1996. This version of Ghetto is very much different from the version of Ghetto on the FBI album. Ghetto Thang samples Art of Noise - Moments in Love while Ghetto on the FBI album samples The Floaters - Float On.

The lyrics are very much different from each other but have the same concept of living in a cycle of poverty. However Ghetto Thang has some similar lyrics to Ghetto from the FBI album. K-Mill (R.I.P.) of Raw Deal speaks at the end of Ghetto Thang.

Ghetto Thang provides emotional insight showcasing the life cycle of poverty. The mood is sad and mournful. The lyrics are very much different from each other but have the same concept of living life in a cycle of poverty. It's about survival. Hustling and trying to have a normal life in an impossible environment.


This version of FBI is much different from the version found on the 1996 FBI album. This version uses samples while the 1996 version does not. This version of FBI was produced by Mark Taylor instead of Steve Pitts FBI samples The Isley Brothers - For The Love Of You and Ludwig van Beethoven - Für Elise. The beats have different arrangements, persuasion selection, samples, filters, rhythm, and sound from the 1996 version of FBI. Mark Taylor used equal temperament while producing the track. Its enharmonic sound is quite notable. J Robinson laid down the arrangements.

Ludwig van Beethoven - Für Elise is the most the notable sample that used throughout the track being that the sample is looped itself over as the background music. Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) for solo piano, commonly known as Für Elise, is the highlight sample for this track.

The piece is in A minor and is set in at 3|8 time. The song does not lack atonality (lacks a tonal center or key). Left-hand arpeggios are delayed by a 16th note with extra bars in the B section and finally last is the rising A minor arpeggio figure. It begins with an A minor theme marked Poco moto (little movement), with the left hand playing arpeggios alternating between A minor and E major. Then the pitch shifts to the C note (C major) descending into the A note (A minor).

The sample is played in A minor with pitch shifting to B using the ABA scale such as follows.: A-B-A
The ABA scale is the most noticeable music scale used on FBI. A brief section is based around C major and A minor. C major descends into A minor. The structure is A–B–A–C–A in rondo form.The structure is A–B–A–C–A in rondo form much of which is looped throughout the track.

FBI takes ride through one of the worst ghettos of in the United States of America with such gruesome imagery and powerful narratives. FBI is a classic without a doubt. The track itself is a cult classic for Dayton Family fans.


Musical arrangements and beats for the demo version of Flint Town are much different from the version of Flint Town that appeared on the What’s On My Mind album. The lyrics are slightly different with alternative verses not heard of the What’s On My Mind album. Treble is reduced on the demo version of this track as well. Mark Taylor produced the demo version while Steve Pitts produced the 1994 version. Flint Town samples the beat of Run DMC - Rock Box.

Flint Town is the track that made The Dayton Family a legendary rap ground in the streets of Flint, the state of Michigan, and throughout the Midwest US. This is the absolute highlight track for this demo!

The Dayton Family refutes the notion that race does not matter in American society. Flint is not a prosperous scenic town inhabited by celebrities. Michael Jackson says “Black or white, it shouldn’t matter.”. This is a reference to Michael Jackson - Black Or White where Michael Jackson says race shouldn’t matter.  Clearly Michael Jackson was living in an idealistic, magical place like Hollywood, California. Flint is a place where things are very rough and race matters.  The Dayton Family feels there isn’t any way out of a bleak environment.

The movie industry pays no attention to the plight of Flint. Although, however,  Michael Moore’s 1989 documentary Roger and Me shed light on the deindustrialization situation that hurt Flint severely.

Bootleg tried to go to college but didn’t feel he could fit in anyway due to his social, economic, and racial background. This indicates life in Flint is difficult and there is limited opportunity to receive higher education. There are several colleges in the area such as  the University of Michigan – Flint, and Kettering University Bootleg makes commentary on discrimination in the college admissions process. University of Michigan’s  Affirmative Action policies are often racist. This has been a big issue and still is.

Flint keeps people trapped in an impoverished environment. It is so hard to escape the drugs and violence that plague Flint. He refuses to work hard at a fast food franchise and still be poor. He can’t live in a nice condo as he would still be in the hood.


What’s On My Mind is another track that made The Dayton Family a legendary rap ground in the streets of Flint, the state of Michigan, and throughout the Midwest US. The Dayton Family discusses to the listeners what’s on their mind while not holding back of course. The Dayton Family comes with a “no holds barred attitude” in aggressive form on this track and several other tracks of theirs. Any fan of hardcore gangsta rap will enjoy this track!

The Dayton Family does not hold back for anything! For example, read these verses to the lyrics of What’s On My Mind.:

What's on my mind is a rape in progress
I got my dick in between some bitch’s breasts
What's on my mind is a knife at a hoe’s throat
I took her gold, her pussy, and her mink coat


Fantasies is a track that was recorded by The Dayton Family in 1991. The demo version of Fantasies samples  The Isley Brothers - For The Love Of You. The demo version of Fantasies has more added flavor than the studio version. The demo version of Fantasies is a totally different version than the studio version of Fantasies.

Fantasies is a track perfect for a vacation on a tropical island or a long cruise down the road while traveling. But most definitely Fantasies is song perfect for a vacation on a tropical island for sunny weather or the summer season.


Jake The Flake is a hidden bonus track included on the Dope Dayton Ave. demo. The track is a Jake The Flake solo. The track Jake The Flake is both an underground classic and a Flint rap classic amongst Jake The Flake. Good hardcore shit right here. The track Jake The Flake was recorded in 1992 around the time his debut Time To Go Legit EP dropped. The bass is quite heavy with pultruding bass lines with different musical notes. Mark Taylor arranged the heavy bass lines.


I rate this EP, Dope Dayton Ave., 5/5*****!!

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This is Michael Mixerr.  Today I am going to review The Dayton Family ‎– Dope Dayton Ave. single!

This was the first track The Dayton Family had ever recorded. Dope Dayton Ave. was recorded in 1991 and released on a cassette single that was a demo with Ghetto Thang included. Dope Dayton Ave. was re-recorded in 1994 with Mark Taylor and J Robinson producing the track. The group began working with local producer Steve Pitts and formed The Dayton Family later.

Backstabba gets hardcore and aggressive. The track is known for its patterns of aggressiveness. Read his verses used in the lyrics of Dope Dayton Ave.:

nobody fucks me
especially on Dayton Avenue
because all I do is smoke weed, sell crack, and screw
brew too


Ghetto Thang is a demo of Ghetto from the FBI album that dropped in 1996. This version of Ghetto is very much different from the version of Ghetto on the FBI album. Ghetto Thang samples Art of Noise - Moments in Love while Ghetto on the FBI album samples The Floaters - Float On. The lyrics are very much different from each other but have the same concept of living in a cycle of poverty. However Ghetto Thang has some similar lyrics to Ghetto from the FBI album. K-Mill (R.I.P.) of Raw Deal speaks at the end of Ghetto Thang.

Ghetto Thang provides emotional insight showcasing the life cycle of poverty. The mood is sad and mournful. The lyrics are very much different from each other but have the same concept of living life in a cycle of poverty. It's about survival. Hustling and trying to have a normal life in an impossible environment.

I rate this single, Dope Dayton Ave., 5/5*****!!

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Star Bird by LFSB was the first product of San Antonio hip hop and rap to have ever been released. LFSB was the Leroy Franklin Starbird Band. Leroy Franklin created a group in 1980 called the Leroy Franklin Starbird Band. He gathered 3 or 4 member to compose the group. The group only lasted a couple of years however.

LFSB, 2 Hard 2 Hype (Too Hard Too Hype), and PKO were the first hip hop and rap acts out of San Antonio, Texas. LFSB, 2 Hard 2 Hype, PKO, RCR, Big Tim, Born Fresh Posse, Nexus Mutants, and Black Asiatic were the only ones putting down any weight in San Antonio. There was really no on else.

LFSB - Star Bird was released on 45 vinyl in 1981 from Star Records. Now the Star Bird jam is uptempo song. The tempo follows a funky guitar riff. Leroy Franklin tells us a cautionary tale about how drugs are no joke. Drugs make you do the things you do.

I rate this single, Star Bird, 4/5****!

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Renaizzance released a sophomore album called Renaizzance after the trio managed to gain a minor cult following with their debut album Rebirth of Soul. Soulful tunes, sultry sounds, romantic songs, and slow jams are what compromise the content for this album. Some of their previous songs from their debut album such as Slow Jam, Intimate Thoughts, and Gotta Get My Groove On among a few others appear on this album. This album is one of the many lost albums of 90s R&B/soul music many music fans and listeners overlooked.

The R&B trio Renaizzance from Cincinnati, Ohio released an album called Renaizzance on All Net Records and Provocative Records in 1996. R&B group Renaizzance consisted of Charles Reese Jr., Mark Scott, and  Kermit Quinn II.


Intoxicate Me is an old school soul jam. This is the exact type of harmony in what today's R&B/soul is missing. It’s a breath of fresh air from today’s music played on the radio. The song is perfect for both genders.

Slow Jam is a cover song of Midnight Star - Slow Jam. This song is perfect for the ladies. The song was recorded at the beginning of 1996. It’s a rare soul gem. Intimate Thoughts is an original song by Renaizzance that also serves as a cover version of Midnight Star - Slow Jam. The song is a slow tempo slow jam with a soulful touch. It’s another rare soul gem.

Gotta Get My Groove On is very much similar to Zapp due to presence of a vocoder being used. Gotta Get My Groove On is perfect to dance to or groove. The song was recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio at the beginning of 1996.

I rate this album, Renaizzance, 4/5****!!