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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,271

This is Michael Mixerr. I will review Mozzy - Yellow Tape Activities.

Since the beginning of 2014, Mozzy has making a name for himself both on the internet and on the streets in Sacramento, California with lengthy strings of albums and mixtapes. He has been a consistent rapper who caught buzz at the right time since 2015. Yellow Tape Activities is what lifted his buzz into becoming a trending artist. Since then, Mozzy has went from underground rapper to nationwide sensation on the internet and in the underground music scene.

Yellow Tape Activities was an album that was released by Black Market Records as digital download online only in 2015/2016. Both Mozzy and Ced Singleton heavily promoted this album online and in the streets coming from underground. Many online users on the internet know about Mozzy throughout his Yellow Tape Activities album thanks to Ced Singleton. The album retains its consistency. Juneonnabeat take credit for a majority of the production. (More so than Cedsing.) Gangsta rap with a trap sound can be heard on this album. Yellow Tape Activities is very similar YG - My Krazy Life.

When you look at today's mainstream rap scene and the rap scene overall, it's not that surprising that cats like Mozzy are the ones who are getting all the national attention. Not that surprising at all. Pure original talent does not equate mainstream appeal these days unfortunately. On a nationwide scale, Sacramento is the long due respect the city deserves.

Ain’t $hit Happen is about living life on the edge dangerously. The track has a suicidal vibe with overuse of the word “suicide”. Mozzy is living life on the borderline of suicide. Mozzy is going through so much to the point where he could commit suicide. He could kill himself right now for signing up the lifestyle which he chose. Ain’t $hit Happen is a tale about casualties of war in the streets with gangs proving to be confrontational.

Next Body To You reveals the grim details of brutal reality rap from the street. The lyrics are too disconcerting for some to handle. Next Body To You is about the role of a crew hitman as the track is about casualties of war in these streets. Here everything gets violent and morbid.

I rate this album, Yellow Tape Activities, 4/5****!!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,270

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Dick Smith - Initial Thrust.

Now naming an album Dick Smith - Initial Thrust ultimately is considered cheesy, corny, provocative, and sexually suggestive by today’s standards. The title “Dick Smith - Initial Thrust” sounds very similar to a hot steamy pornographic film you would watch at an adult theatre or stream online by internet connection through a computer. But the 1980s were a simpler time of innocence. Sexuality was not as heavily promoted back then as it is today. Dick Smith - Initial Thrust is a funky modern sound album from the Zapp era that was one of the many side projects of Roger Troutman which is why the Zapp sound can be heard on this album. Dick Smith - Initial Thrust was released in 1983.

For some reason, 66% of this album is cover songs and remakes of older soul hits. 4 out of 6 songs on this album are cover songs. If you were looking for originality or original material from Dick Smith, you will surely but solely be disappointed. All the songs however have that Zapp sound and Roger Troutman sound in both production, musical style, percussion selection, and sound.


Roger Troutman produced to the kick drum sounds heard on Tobacco Road which is why you can hear his signature production sound on this Dick Smith song. Dick Smith’s Tobacco Road is a jazz remake of the blues song Tobacco Road by John D. Loudermilk. It was not a hit for either one of them though.

Sunny has that bouncy boom-clap sound you expect to hear from both Roger Troutman and Zapp. Sunny has that Zapp sound also. This is one of those tracks that will make you get up and want to dance to this funky song. The song Sunny is very similar to Funky Bounce by Zapp. As a matter of fact, Sunny is a highlight for Dick Smith’s solo album.

The Long And Winding Road is a tune of mournful sadness. The title alone gives away a mixture of feelings such as sadness and mournful. Despite the sadness in this song, the beats are really fast. Not surprising since Roger Troutman produced this song with his brother Larry Troutman at the time of recording Dick Smith’s first and only album to date.

By The Time I Get To Phoenix has a smooth modern soul vibe laced on top of a smooth mellow R&B vibe comfortable to your ears.

Warner Brothers, Epic, and Roger Troutman dropped the ball on promoting this album properly and one can see why. No one is going to buy an album filled with covers of rehashed soul songs from old soul hits of yesteryear. People want originality and flavor when they buy soul albums.

I rate this album, Initial Thrust, 3/5***.

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,269

This is Michael Mixerr. I will review Brandon Beal - Comfortable.

This album has a smooth mellow R&B vibe on top of a comfortable sound soothing to your ears. A smooth mellow R&B sound can be heard throughout this entire album. Brandon Beal never fails to disappoint his audience. As an independent artist, Brandon Beal has made some big moves on the internet with his name and this album is no exception. Brandon Beal has won even more fans across the planet with his record with Virgin/EMI. Fans of R&B should not sleep on this album! You’ll regret it if you do.

You will love the song Girl. It will be a memorable tune stuck inside your head for a lifetime. As a matter of fact, Girl is the best song off the Brandon Beal - Comfortable album. Girl is a longtime favorite among Brandon Beal fans. Brandon Beal incorporates electronic music into R&B on Girl. Girl was a buzz track that helped Brandon Beal gain popularity underground.

You Deserve is an amazing song over a killer beat. You Deserve is about how you deserve love. Regardless of the circumstances, all people deserve love in the eyes of Brandon Beal. You deserve that love. The melody and lyrics are easy to remember.

Purple Skirt is the best song next to Girl off this album being that Purple Skirt is the longest on the entire album.

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,268

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Bossalena - Purple Rose EP.

Purple Rose is a digital album that was packaged as an EP to be put online in the format of a digital download in 2017 from Bossalena. The physical copy of Purple Rose EP has 10 tracks with a 4 bonus track as an extra. The digital download version of Purple Rose EP only has 6 tracks instead of 10 tracks.

Watch My Step is about how Bossalena started from the bottom. She built her own studio herself. Bossalena takes shots at female rappers with a no hold barred attitude. She tells people how to watch her style. Just know not to test her. With 25 mixtapes/album under belt, she truly made a name for herself in underground music.

Bossalena takes shots with a no hold barred attitude on We Winnin. 2017 is the year she is truly winning. Bossalena sure makes winning easy. The hard heavy hitting bass and trap beats will surely rattle your speakers! The track is very futuristic sounding.

Air It Out is very futuristic sounding. Fuck the haters. It’s all about that money. Although the trap beats are played out. On Direction, trap music meets drill beats. On Direction, trap music meets drill beats. You can feel the music deep down in your soul. The hard heavy hitting bass will surely rattle your speakers on Whip It!

Although the trap beats are nothing new, the futuristic sound make the Purple Rose EP stand out. Air It Out and Watch My Step are highlight tracks. What’s unique about this Bossalena EP is that there is a different producer for each track.

I rate this EP, Purple Rose, 4/5****!!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,267

This is Michael Mixerr. I am reviewing Born 2wice ‎– In P.I.M.P.!

For those who don’t, Born 2wice is Niggaracci ‎on the In P.I.M.P. album. Niggaracci is one of his many known aliases in the rap game and film industry. Born 2wice experiments with explicit Sex rap on this album. Sex rap meets gangsta rap with some East Coast hip hop flava. Born 2wice goes the Too $hort route by experimenting the explicit sex rap sound. Rhythm D helped produced this album as well. Only 100,000 copies of In P.I.M.P exist making this album a collectors album.

I rate this album, In P.I.M.P., 5/5*****!!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,266

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Born 2wice ‎– 6 Inna Mornin' for a single review.

Born 2wice ‎– 6 Inna Mornin' was released as a cassette single on Bigga Records in 1995 with distribution from INDI, Southwest Wholesale, and Select-O-Hits. This cassette single contains alternate versions of the songs 6 Inna Mornin'  and The Jack which were included on Born 2wice's second album called Portrait of a $erial Player. Most of the tracks were jacked from Born 2wice's first album called U Have The Right 2 Remain Violent. Guest appearances include Ice-T, King Tee, G-Money, 3-2 (RIP), and Cocco Budda from Dallas radio station KNON 89.3 FM. Born 2wice is a legendary Houston rapper that does not get the credit he deserves.


Born 2wice’s 6 Inna Mornin' pays homage and tribute to Ice-T’s 6 In The Morning. Only this tribute version of 6 In The Morning has a more updated polished sound with heavy bass on top of that infamous gangsta rap sound. Processed beats help make this track stand out. Born 2wice gets on the Scarface tip as he sounds exactly like him on this track.

Now for those who didn’t know, Born 2wice was the only artist to fuck with an East Coast artist in Texas back in the 90s. Nobody else in Texas had included Ice-T on their album or single if they were a rapper in Texas back then. Born 2wice was the first Texas rapper to include an East Coast artist on an album. That is why he is considered legendary in Houston rap.


The Jack features King T from Aftermath Entertainment. Born 2wice sounds very similar to Willie D and Scarface combined together on The Jack. King T helped write and produce The Jack recording. Born 2wice and King T make history together on The Jack as legendaries. They remind us Armeggdon is near.

Geto Life takes us on a journey through low class living as Geto Life visits the subject of poverty. Issues such as substance abuse, income inequality, abuse, drugs, institutional racism, political corruption, and murder. Born 2wice gets on the Scarface tip as he sounds exactly like him on this track also.

9 Oz. Of Terror '95 revisits 9 Oz. Of Terror '93 from the U Have The Right 2 Remain Violent album from 1993. The Underworld is a very spooky horrorcore rap track. Born 2wice reminds us Armeggdon is near.

I rate this single, 6 Inna Mornin’, 5/5*****!!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,265

This is Michael Mixerr. Right now I will review Sha Slim - Streight Frum Da Pen

Sha Slim takes us on a journey through the perspective of a young black man’s mind. The young black man’s mind is like a prison cell without any vital signs of freedom. Being closed minded that is. Being locked in ones mind is hard to get out of. It’s a journey into the unknown. Cold and dark are the moods. Sha Slim is a lyricist/rapper from Cincinnati, Ohio. 

I rate this album, Streight From Da Pen, 3/5***.

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,264

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review the Handsome JET - ¬(゜~゜)Г album.

Jet Boogie is a Handsome Jet melody of all the songs on the ¬(゜~゜)Г album all onto one track. Think of this song as a mega melody. A loud heavy hard rock mega melody is what it sounds like. Hard rock meets heavy metal mega in this mega melody song. The volume is set quite loud! Handsome JET does his usual chanting, singing, and yelling through the enchanted power of music. Handsome JET himself takes the lead in this song as a vocalist.

Duck [アヒル] is a perfect song to play at night during the peaceful nighttime. Dusk has that peaceful nighttime vibe to it. Handsome JET himself takes the lead in this song as a vocalist. Handsome JET does his usual singing and yelling through the enchanted power of music. Take notice of the harmonics used on Duck. Toshio Sakurai sang on Duck. The song Duck has a rather happy upbeat vibe.

self-haunting is a duo cut with longtime Handsome JET Project members Toshio Sakurai and Handsome Jet. self-haunting is a dark song.


Only around 10,000 copies of ¬ (゜ ~ ゜) Г were pressed on CD and sold via Amazon, by Handsome JET directly himself, sold at GITADORA LIVE concerts, or were sold at those Handsome JET Live concerts hosted by Bemani with help of Konami. Most copies of ¬ (゜ ~ ゜) Г were pressed sold on Amazon.com. Songs from Bemani games such as GuitarFreaks and Drummania were not included due to copyright reasons. Due to budgetary concerns, Handsome JET played with a single acoustic guitar. Toshio Sakurai sang on most of the dark songs such as Dusk and self-haunting. YUEI had nothing to do with this album.

Sadly however, ¬(゜~゜)Г and Honto was the only album from Handsome JET that was ever released. Lead singer Handsome JET died in May 2008 in a traffic accident while riding a motorcycle with his in Japan. The friend survived. Handsome JET sang a multitude of songs from Konami originals and licensed covers alike. His real name has never been revealed and is not known. Handsome JET Project and Handsome JET himself would have taken off to become a national success in Japan if the lead singer hadn't died.

*Handsome Jet is the name of the lead singer of the coincidental band Handsome JET Project. Handsome JET Project is Handsome Jet, YUEI (Yuei Uematsu), Kozo Nakamura, and Toshio Sakurai.
* [¬ (゜ ~ ゜) Г is a notation used to represent an emoticon.]
*He is credited as Handsome JET or Jetto-san (ジェットさん) as he was in the Bemani games GuitarFreaks and Drummania.

I rate this album, ¬(゜~゜)Г , 4/5****!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,263

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Bossalena - Purple Rose EP.

Purple Rose is a digital album that was packaged as an EP to be put online in the format of a digital download in 2017 from Bossalena. The physical copy of Purple Rose EP has 10 tracks with a 4 bonus track as an extra. The digital download version of Purple Rose EP only has 6 tracks instead of 10 tracks.

Watch My Step is about how Bossalena started from the bottom. She built her own studio herself. Bossalena takes shots at female rappers with a no hold barred attitude. She tells people how to watch her style. Just know not to test her. With 25 mixtapes/album under belt, she truly made a name for herself in underground music.

Bossalena takes shots with a no hold barred attitude on We Winnin. 2017 is the year she is truly winning. Bossalena sure makes winning easy. The hard heavy hitting bass and trap beats will surely rattle your speakers! The track is very futuristic sounding.

Air It Out is very futuristic sounding. Fuck the haters. It’s all about that money. Although the trap beats are played out. On Direction, trap music meets drill beats. On Direction, trap music meets drill beats. You can feel the music deep down in your soul. The hard heavy hitting bass will surely rattle your speakers on Whip It!

Although the trap beats are nothing new, the futuristic sound make the Purple Rose EP stand out. Air It Out and Watch My Step are highlight tracks. What’s unique about this Bossalena EP is that there is a different producer for each track.

I rate this EP, Purple Rose, 4/5****!!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,262

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Code FI - Subliminally Focused Hip Hop!

From the industrial streets of a windy city called Chicago, Illinois hails a hip hop group called Code FI. Subliminally Focused Hip Hop contains conscious minded hip hop music for the intellectuals out there. Code FI is focused on hip hop for which the album centers around. Those who can appreciate old school hip hop music will savor this album.

Code FI represents Chicago by revolutionary styles on Why Test Me. Why Test Me is medium bass ridden and riddled with percussion although the percussions presence is not heavy. Why Test Me contains conscious minded hip hop music for the intellectuals out there which uses revolutionary styles with lyrical skills as Why Test Me centers around lyricism.

Cosmic Comatose has futuristic sounds similar to what you and I would hear from OutKast. The beats are futuristic beats. Yes Cosmic Comatose is a medium bass ridden track. East Coast hip hop meets Midwest gumbo funk on Cosmic Comatose.

Code FI takes us on an intergalactic voyage on Intergalactilude. The Intergalactilude is an intergalactic interlude. The Intergalactilude is similar to that electronic Daft Punk funk and OutKast. Intergalactilude is very futuristic sounding similar to what you would hear from OutKast. Electronic music meets hip hop music here.

I rate this album, Subliminally Focused Hip Hop, 4/5****.

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,261

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review J.M. Vox - Question Authority.

J.M. Vox is an unknown obscure rapper from Tacoma, Washington which is near Seattle, Washington. Most rap from Washington State is very overlooked and obscure. This J.M. Vox EP is no exception to that case. Old school rap and gangsta rap meet soul music on this J.M. Vox EP. Samples of soul music are incorporated into some of the tracks on this EP. Question Authority is his most politically conscious rap to date. By dealing with racial profiling and insurance.


At the very beginning of this J.M. Vox EP, the listeners are greeted by a soulful chorus singing in a peaceful harmony which leads to the track Question Authority. A funky bass line and a groovy percussion ensemble follow next after the soulful harmonic chorus. Question Authority is percussion heavy and politically conscious. J.M. Vox gets politically conscious on Question Authority. Question Authority are examples of both intellectual rap, political rap, and conscious rap.

J.M. Vox questions authority on the track Question Authority. J.M. Vox states that youth is a huge majority of the population. Youth is the majority. He questions who are the people who allowed certain officials to be in a position of authority. The problem such as allowing certain people as elected officials to be in a position of authority has a problem since the beginning of time. The system set J.M. Vox up for defeat and failure. But nevertheless, J.M. Vox still stands strong and tall through it all. He still stands proud.

Next J.M. Vox discusses the issue of racial profiling by law enforcement. Police say J.M. Vox is up to no good because he is a black man. Law enforcement often use racial profiling against black people in America. Now this is where J.M. Vox says to question authority. J.M. Vox tells listeners in his audience to question authority. The system is set up to design people for failure. Especially black people. But nevertheless, J.M. Vox still stands strong and proud.


Just A Thought has a super dope funky phat bass line. However this J.M. Vox track has much more reduced percussion ensemble as this track is not as percussion heavy as all the tracks provided on this EP. The production sound is quite processed.

Just A Thought is about living life without insurance and not being provided with proper healthcare. J.M. Vox raps about his experience on living life without insurance and proper healthcare. He cannot afford proper insurance or healthcare. Insurance and healthcare are too expensive for him to afford right now.

It’s 11:00 PM at night. His son is not feeling all that healthy. So at this point J.M. Vox rushes his son down to the nearest hospital. J.M. Vox is a DHS client as DHS (Washington) publicly serves citizens in Washington State who cannot afford proper healthcare or insurance to cover their medical needs. (His son is registered as a client under DSHS Children's Administration in this case.) It’s 12:00 AM and J.M. Vox is still waiting for help to cure his son.

Eventually they get help. The doctor gives his son an injection. Now the doctor tells J.M. Vox his son has had an ear infection. His son had an ear infection surrounding the inner side of his ear. The medical bill for their visit is extremely high. J.M. Vox is still broke with no money. The system is set up to design people for failure.

[DHS is Washington State Department of Social and Health Services better known as WSDSAHS or DSHS. WSDSAHS publicly serves citizens in Washington State who cannot afford proper healthcare or insurance to cover their medical needs. WSDSAHS serves the public of Washington State. DSHS Children's Administration serves minors.]


Funky Ballistics has a funky bass line similar to what you would inside of a Zapp song and a groovy percussion ensemble that accompanies the tempo perfectly. Percussion has a quite processed sound. Usage of cymbals from a drum kit appears to be fairly high. Funky Ballistics is another track on this J.M. Vox EP that is percussion heavy.

I rate this EP, Question Authority, 5/5*****!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,260

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Porn Flakes - Moo Jack City.

Raised Right covers the controversial subject of police brutality. It's a case of bad cop, bad cop. Porn Flakes takes an anti-police brutality stance on Raised Right. Police brutality already fucked up heads. Branemhax is an anti-religion song. Religion clogs up minds and brainwashes people. Brainwashing is what religion does to people. Brainwashed people are already fucked up. Dave!? is Porn Flakes first combined effort in writing an autobiography in rock music formation. The song is an autobiography of Porn Flakes.

I rate this album, Moo Jack City, 5/5*****!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,259

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Ericka Yancey - Ericka.

Ericka Yancey's debut album titled Ericka is a highly sought after album considered as a huge collectors items among fans of R&B/soul fans which is due to the limited amount of copies in quantity the album was pressed up in. In 1997, RCA Records only pressed up a certain limited amount of copies of her debut album as promotional copies to radio stations and record companies around the world. Internal conflicts with the record company is what led to this album from seeing a proper release as a retail release that was originally intended to be available in stores.

The version of Ericka with the silver CD is issued with a "not for airplay" watermark. Also pay attention to the silver lining which is a silver ring in the middle of the CD. Silver lining to this CD is one way to certify this version of Ericka is not a bootleg, cutout, in-store edition, club edition, or a CD-R. The only official pressings of the Ericka album are the versions with the black CD and a one with the silver CD.

Ericka represents how neo-soul harmony is supposed to be done. RnB meets the harmony of neo-soul on this album. Ericka Yancey could have made a name for herself in the neo-soul market had RCA not sabotaged the release for this album. Her career basically ended with this album unfortunately. She could have been on top where Angie Stone, Jazmine Sullivan, Usher, or Jill Scott are today.

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

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,258

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review  Edie Brickell & New Bohemians ‎– Mama Help Me for a single review.

Mama Help Me deals with child abuse. Visions of abuse are replaced with lyrics instead. Actions performed are sung through song instead. This is the reason why abuse is so rampant all over the song. Overall Mama Help Me deals with various aspects of abuse. Such as emotional abuse or physical abuse for example. Mama Help Me is very raw and emotional at times.

Oak Cliff Bra is a raw mellow tune about the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. The instrumentation selection is perfectly appropriate. Edie Brickell wrote Oak Cliff Bra for the New Bohemians band. Edie Brickell shines very well on Oak Cliff Bra. New Bohemians go all out on Oak Cliff Bra as well. It is obvious Edie Brickell gave her band members more creative control with this song as all of the band members are included in the song. Oak Cliff Bra can be deemed as a posse cut even if Edie Brickell takes credit for songwriting herself.

I rate this single, Mama Help Me, 4/5****!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,257

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Saafir ‎– The Hit List Advanced.

Now Saafir ‎– The Hit List with the catalog number identified as 9 47009-1 is the advanced version of Saafir ‎– The Hit List album. Several unreleased songs were included as well. Only 1,000 copies of Saafir ‎– The Hit List Advanced were pressed. Which is why this album is a collectors item among Saafir fans.

A lot was changed after the release for the retail version of this album with a slightly different cover with deleted and unreleased songs for which were altered afterwards. Deleted songs were included on this version of this album. Songs Lost In Space, Funkin' Wit Yo Broad, and Socked Up were deleted songs that did not get included on the final tracklist for the retail version of this album. These deleted songs are unreleased songs. Riding Hot with DA and Poke was unreleased.

This album is his most professional release yet with top tier beats. The beats are getting iller with every album he releases. On this album he focused more on the production aspect by including more additional producers than his previous album.

I rate this album, The Hit List Advanced, 4/5****!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,256

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review the R&B album Make It Hot by Nicole Wray again due to popular demand!

For those who don't know who Nicole Wray is, she was the first artist to sign to Missy Elliott's Goldmind Inc. in 1998 other than Missy herself and Timbaland's production team/duo Timbaland and Magoo. She and Missy were hailing from Portsmouth, Virginia. She had a record deal with Goldmind Inc., EastWest, and Elektra Records from 1996 to 2001 where she released her two albums Make It Hot and Elektric Blue.

Nicole had a blazing hot song called Make It Hot which hit #7 on the BillBoard in 1998 for a hot minute there! The next song that hit the BillBoard was I Can't See. Most of Make It Hot was filled with love ballads and love songs. The album is filled with sultry love songs written by a handful of songwriters.

Timbaland produced 25% of Make It Hot. Suga Mike produced 10%. Dent produced a chuck of songs for Make It Hot too. Playa (Smokey & Static Major) produced a significant portion of Make It Hot even though the Timbaland sound is more present and prevalent. Missy did the rest herself of course. She was responsible for promoting Nicole Wray during her career at Goldmind and Elektra.


Borrowed Time is a smooth mellow love song with such loud powerful bravado. The echo in the background is loud and powerful with use of a controlled reverb. Lil Mo wrote Borrowed Time for Nicole Wray back in 1998. She also provides background vocals. Borrowed Time focuses on Nicole Wray sleeping with another man on his time and his woman's time. They both get back at each other by borrowing each other's time even though they don't belong to each other.

The song begins in dawn of early morning with a heart positive vibe. The man she is sleeping with is still in bed right next to her. Nicole wishes the man she is sleeping with could take off work for the rest of the week to be with her. She wishes he could call in to his workplace in order for him to be with her. His woman wonder where the hell he could be.

It's a shame he has to leave Nicole. They don't belong to each other. No matter how hard they try they are still on borrowed time. Even if it feels right. It's alright to both of them though.

Suga Mike produced Borrowed Time. Suga Mike has produced for artists such as Lil Mo, Nicole Wray, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, SWV, and Lil Bow Wow among others. Honestly, Suga Mike does not get the credit he deserves. People do not give Suga Mike the credit he rightfully deserves. Period.


Seventeen was written and produced by Missy Elliott as she herself is all over the song. Nicole sings and raps on Seventeen. The song called Seventeen samples Call Me by Skyy. Yes the band Skyy. Nicole and Missy often take credit for Seventeen.

Seventeen should have had a music video to accompany the song. Seventeen should have been chosen as a single instead of Eyes Better Not Wander because the song was more upbeat and Missy Elliott was all over it. With Missy Elliott being all over the song, it would have been a smart business move to further both her career and Nicole's. Missy Elliott was the Ariana Grande of her day. Make It Hot would been a further overnight success if Elektra chose Seventeen to be chosen as a buzz single for her debut album. Seventeen would have been a guaranteed success if Timbaland produced it.


Her song Eyes Better Not Wander was a memorable favorite among Nicole Wray fans. Despite that, Eyes Better Not Wander did not do as well because it was a slow jam with no fast paced beats by Timbaland. That song was produced by Smokey of Playa. Smokey produced hot steamy love songs such as this one and Testing Our Love (Suga).

Eyes Better Not Wander is a mellow, loopy, and sultry slow jam notable for its slow vibe. The slow vibe follow the beats perfectly. The beats alone are consistent in terms of following the song. Echoes gives this song a slow feel.

Eyes Better Not Wander did not Nicole justice in terms of charting. Eyes Better Not Wander charted at #69 which eventually fell of the charts quickly. By 1999, the general public was tired of sultry slow jams and wanted more glamorous upbeat pop songs and raunchy R&B songs. That can be attributed to why Eyes Better Not Wander fell off the charts quickly. Eyes Better Not Wander should have been saved for Elektric Blue instead of Make It Hot.


Make It Hot was the jam that had everyone dancing bobbing their heads to back in 1998! Make It Hot was the jam back in 1998! Nicole had a blazing hot song called Make It Hot which hit #7 on the BillBoard in 1998 for a hot minute there. Timbaland produced Make It Hot. The beats were both upbeat and crazy as Timbaland's beats had everyone going nuts back in the day. Missy Elliott made it both spicy and sassy with her ad lib raps as she was all over the place at the very end even though former female rapper Mocha took most of the spotlight at the very beginning of Make It Hot. Kelly Price harmonized the vocals with her angelic singing.

However, Make It Hot was not hot enough in terms of album sales and in the eyes of Elektra executives. In other words, Make It Hot was a flop due to lackluster sales performance. Her Make It Hot album sold 800,000 copies total worldwide instead of 1,000,000 (1 million) as mandated in her recording contract with Elektra Records. Missy had a deal with a Elektra that Goldmind Inc. artists debut albums must sell more than 1,000,000 copies of their first album in order to be on the label.

She focused more on the single Make It Hot rather than the album which is why her debut album was a commercial failure despite having a couple of hot songs. Although Nicole Wray tried to promote her album and single at the same time, it was a tough balancing act for her.

In the end it was Nicole Wray who got the unfair deal in the music business. She had to suffer the consequences of being dropped by Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records after Elektric Blue was released due to poor sales. Luckily she is now thriving on as an independent artist who is signed to Truth & Soul Records along with Terri Walker.

Nicole Wray faced the same issue and struggle Lil Johnny was facing when he was singed to Warner Bros. Records in 2001. Lil Johnny had a single called I Got You which was the buzz single for his debut album of the same name. Nicole Wray made the same mistake as Lil Johnny did by naming her album the same name as her buzz single which is why her album flopped unfortunately despite having a solid supporting fan base.

This is an important lesson to learn in the music industry! Never title your album the same as your single! Because your album sales will result into low album sales instead of successful album sales into stardom. Having your album titled the same name as your buzz single will throw your audience off thus resulting in lackluster album sales. Titling your album the same name as your single does not work for everyone. Even if it did work for Brandy.


Pressure was an interesting interlude/skit that producer Dent and Nicole were all over. The song is 1 minute and 11 seconds long with the duration time being 1:11. Slow and sultry are words to describe. Pressure should have been made into a full song. There is no reason why should not have been a short song instead.

In fact, Pressure sounds like an unreleased Nicole Wray song even if it is a minute an 11 seconds long. Nicole Wray fans can vouch for me here on this one.

Listen to the lyrics in the background.:
Tonight
In da street
Baby
Don't worry
I'll be there

Tonight
In da street
Baby
Cause that ain't fair

Tonight
In da street
Baby
Don't worry
I'll be there

Tonight
In da street
Don't worry
I'll be there 

Baby
Tonight
In da street

Don't worry
I'll be there


The prelude to I Can't See should have been incorporated into the regular song instead being separated from the original I Can't See song as a separate track. Without You should have replaced the prelude to I Can't See.

Traffic Jam was an interlude produced by Dent. Dent took over most of Traffic Jam even though V is credited in the background vocals inside the liner notes for Make It Hot. What's so odd about that is Nicole Wray is not even included on this interlude. Traffic Jam should been saved for Elektric Blue instead of Make It Hot.  Traffic Jam should have been replaced with I Can't See (Funk Remix) that had featured Cam'ron.

Both Nicole Wray and Lil Mo wrote Nervous for which they both perform on. They both sing about how they fight over the stupidest little things when it comes to love. They give all their time to us as time is on their hands. The song is notably fast paced. Insecurity is one word to describe Nervous.



Make It Hot was hot for its time for a hot moment there. However Make It Hot was not hot enough. Unfortunately Make It Hot was a flop due to lackluster sales. If Nicole had named her album with a different name, her career would have a lot different t than it is today and Make It Hot would have sold better than it did. Nicole could have been the Brandy of both Virginia and Georgia.

In the end it was Nicole Wray who got the unfair deal in the music business. She had to suffer the consequences of being dropped by Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records after Elektric Blue was released. Nicole was not releasing enough hits which is why she was dropped. Luckily she is now signed to Truth & Soul Records (known for Lee Fields fame) with Terri Walker (of Def Jam fame) in a duo called Lady which has now disbanded.

I rate this album, Make It Hot, 5/5*****!!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,255

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review Throttlerod - Nail.

Throttlerod - Nail is an indie rock album unheard of and obscure to most. Nail by Throttlerod seems to have been over looked by the masses and general public. Nail seems to be very similar to the XTC - Bone Bag Buffet album in terms of graphic design. Throttlerod - Nail also has a similar vibe to the Animals album by Pink Floyd with tracks such as Horse Paw and Rabbit.

The song Nail is a representation of what is wrong with the world. According to Throttlerod, everyone is wrong. According to Throttlerod, everything is wrong. The black color represents darkness as Nail has a dark mood. To sum it all up, Nail is nothing but a representation of perpetual negativity.

Throttlerod stands up against to all odds on Stand’em Up. They will take the fall in the silence of your stand. They can read your mind as your stare off in a moment of silence. The positive aspect of Stand’em Up is Throttlerod encouraging us as the listeners to fight our own battles because nobody else will fight our own battles for us. Throttlerod also encourages you to fight your own battles because nobody else will fight your own battles for you. (That is from the listener perspective.)

Throttlerod does not wish to seek empathy or enemies from anyone on the song Horse Paw. The mood is dark and negative of course.

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

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,254

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review the BWP - Life's A Bytch album. This album review is a follow-up to Mixerr Album Reviews #523.


BWP - Life's A Bytch album from 1993 that dropped on No Face and Columbia Records. Mark Sexx and Lyndah had written most of this album. BWP is Bytches Wit Problems.
This album was something else entirely! The uncensored approach which BWP had offered made them entirely different from other female rap groups that were dope fresh at that time. In some of their songs, BWP even came out harder than HWA did! BWP made HWA sound like Vanity 6. The female rap group BWP had became well known for their sexual explicit lyrics raps.

Niggas Eat More is about niggas who eat more pussy than other. Females perform acts such as cunnilingus, anilingus, and of course the well-known sexual position act called facesitting performed on this song. Quite oddly, no mentions of masturbation or specifically rim jobs were referenced. The female rap duo had gained personal pleasure from this unusual form of erotic humiliation.

Caught Up is about being caught up in the moment. You are so involved with what you are doing or what is going on in a very specific moment. Such brash decisions are made quickly in this song. The fellas of course are going to be caught up. The BWP duo acts irrational in this case. Which is not too surprising. 

Paid By Rock is about drug dealing with crack cocaine. Dope sales and clienteles got everyone selling crack cocaine. Ain't no shorts in the drug game.The fellas are on a late night creep. Fatal thoughts of dying young while in the process of selling crack cocaine are a common risk in the drug game. Drug cartels are serving a gram of cocaine a day to drug dealers and keepin' it G.


Now I will talk about the reasons why this Life's A Bytch album did not get a proper retail release into music stores.
The main reason was due to the resurfacing and restructuring of Columbia Records that was happening at that time, this Life's A Bytch album did not get released as a retail album but rather as a promotional album instead. Sony had bought out Columbia to restructure the record label. Possibly less than 2,000 copies were ever pressed at that. This album did not get released as a retail album but rather as a promotional album instead due to the resurfacing and restructuring of Columbia Records that was happening at that time.

One reason could be due to the face that BWP was facing contractual problems with Columbia Records when the executive managers told BWP to tune down their raps debating sexuality. Lyndah did not want to comply with Columbia Records business standards and music standards for BWP. Which lead BWP to be hit and charged with obscenity charges by local authorities.

Another reason was the Life’s A Bytch album was banned only to be later confiscated by the infamous NYPD law enforcement agency on obscenity charges before it even hit the stores! New York Times did many numerous news coverage stories on BWP for their newspaper. PRMC had made a huge big stink about BWP as well which probably a factor leading to the Life's A Bytch album it to get banned. Yes the Life’s A Bytch album was banned! BWP was hit and charged with obscenity charges by local authorities.

It's kind of ironic considering the stuff that was permitted such as graphic violence, obnoxious gynophobia, and misogyny raps. To think such extreme content with explicit material WASN'T allowed back in those days. [The followup album called  Life’s a Bytch was shelved days before its release date. B.Y.T.C.H.E.S. became Life's A Bytch similar to how Eargasm turned into Necessary Roughness by The Lady of Rage.]


BWP never got the credit they deserved when it came to paving the way for female rappers such as Choice, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Lady J, Nini X, Tammi Holt, Rye Rye, Remy Ma, Amil, and others.  The uncensored approach had made BWP sound way ahead of their own time in retrospect. Bytches Wit Problems was the most rawest female rap group next to HWA and Ghetto Girlz. After 1993 BWP disbanded as a rap group.

Lyndah McCaskill wrote all those songs despite what it says on the album. Mark Skeete put his name on the publishing and Russell took 25 percent of the publishing.

Too bad BWP never got a second chance. If Sony had not bought out Columbia Records at that time, none of this would have happened. Columbia Records was being hypocritical by making producer Mark Sexx delete some songs off the Life's A Bytch. It's 12 tracks of misandry raps.
If BWP had released Life's A Bytch and B.Y.T.C.H.E.S. as a third and last album, there would be no telling what would have happened.

I rate this album, Life's A Bytch, 5/5*****!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,253

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review The Almighty RSO - We’ll Remember You.

The Almighty RSO - We’ll Remember You is an example of early Boston hip hop and Boston rap similar to fellow Boston contemporaries Benzino, Wise Guys, and Hangmen 3. We’ll Remember You also made waves all over the Boston, Massachusetts are in the late 1980s with the hip hop sound that was taking over the underground in many cities and urban areas throughout America.

We’ll Remember You is a dedication track to all the fallen ones who are now deceased. We’ll Remember You is also dedicated to the loved ones who are deceased. Each Almighty RSO member dedicates a verse to a deceased person in their life.

To Be Like Us calls out all sucker MC’s, posers, wannabes, and wack crews. The Almighty RSO hands lyrical beatdowns to all with no mercy. To Be Like Us is hip hop at its finest.

I rate this single, We’ll Remember You, 5/5*****!

Mixerr Album Reviews #1,252

This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will review The Almighty RSO - Notorious.

The Almighty RSO - Notorious is an example of early Boston hip hop and Boston rap. Similar to fellow Boston contemporaries Benzino, Wise Guys, and Hangmen 3 are the The Almighty RSO. Notorious made waves all over the Boston, Massachusetts are in the late 1980s with the hip hop sound that was taking over the underground in many cities and urban areas throughout America. Notorious is classic OG Boston hip hop. The beats are phat, rhymes are superb, and the lyrics are dope as hell. The Def Jeff instrumental is def and dope.

I rate this single, Notorious, 5/5*****!