Review Summary: Ice cold rappers from the coldest rapper out. Young Jeezy once again makes crappy raps sound great.
Most critics will try to find a variety of reasons to like Young Jeezy even if it seems as if his flaws get in the way. Yes, his beats are monolithic, grinding, cold, and wonderfully produced to fit his trappin. Maybe, perhaps, the appeal is that his albums sound very through throughout; he does keep it together throughout an album. Another possibility could be his punch lines, which are so corny and effortlessly funny that it’s hard not to chuckle during any of his releases. These things are all appeals of Jeezy, but people refuse to admit that one thing that one thing that everyone loves about Young Jeezy is that rasp of his. It rubs against the beat, giving it a certain friction, that allows his sloppy flow to fit the beat perfectly. Once again, he continues his snowy agenda on new mixtape Trap or Die 2: Reloaded
, and pushes his skills and abilities to new levels.
It’s still just as crushing, horror organ-filled as his other releases, but now, Young Jeezy and Don Cannon are allowing for other influences to come into the project. For a good half of the tracks, we get something along the lines of a Southern Kanye on the beats, woozy, hard synthesizers and drums intertwined with soul. Hard hitting drum rolls and squealing violins, it creates a brooding; almost theatric, soundtrack to Young’s rhyming. As to be expected, Don Cannon’s shouting can get to be really obnoxious throughout. His shouts, not unlike that of DJ Drama, are fairly stupid and have little to do with Jeezy’s incessant grind. He constantly repeats the beginning of verses just because he can, and it can drive the listener insane.
Insane, a word used to describe the listeners after Don Cannon, can also be used for listeners after hearing Young Jeezy rhymes, but in a good way. He’s been declining ever since his sophomore highlight The Inspiration
, but has made considerable improvement over his previous album with this mixtape. He speaks like an inspiration speaker, but all he raps about is crack and the club basically. His crack rap, utilizing both humorous punchlines worth nothing in a technical sense and adlibs, is really not that much worth listening, but for some reason, he always manages to slip in something worth hearing for. He has a problem with rhyming the same word again and again, but he does have something on his side: a personality, and that makes his raps sound all that much better.
Even more than a personality, though, he’s got his amazing rasp. No matter what, as long as he has good beats, Young Jeezy can make any *** can rap sound good with his incessant ad libing and grinding wheeze. He sounds like an elder of the streets, teaching kids how to make cocaine in his old age. That’s some of the reasons why Trap Or Die 2: Reloaded
is such a good mixtape: it reinforces Young Jeezy’s mission, placing his replaceable crack raps over irreplaceable beats and through his wondrous voice. If anyone else rapped these lyrics they would be told they were wack and to get the hell off, but Jeezy’s on that other ***, and as a result, Trap Or Die 2
is another success in trap rap.