Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review - Don't Believe The Hype Mixtape by Dre Guapo

Rapper Dre Guapo's mixtape, Don't Believe The Hype is a mixtape with a clip full of hard-hitting trap music. Speaking of trap music, the mixtape starts off "Bitch I'm A King," a song that sets the stage for the highly confident, self-assured cockiness that Dre raps with throughout that song as well as the rest of the songs on the mixtape. In order to catch the listeners attention, you must be extremely confident when you rap and that's something Dre does.

Don't Believe The Hype is unapologetically a Dirty South mixtape. From the lyrics to the hooks to the beats, Dirty South is written all over this mixtape. If you're a fan of Dirty South rap, then this mixtape will play good in your MP3 player or CD player while driving. The track "My Funds" has an infectious beat that helps the listener embrace Dre's self-assured cocky signature flow. The Dark Knight Rises Bane sample in the beginning of "Rudabaga" was nicely added touch to the song and a way to promote the producer, Bane Beatz.

The song "Don't Believe The Hype" will remind you of a 3-6 Mafia song. Everything from the hook/chorus to the way he raps to the adlibs throughout the track reminds you of one of the many songs 3-6 Mafia made. This is a song you could play at a club or a party in the basement. It's a song you could probably get in a fight to or have a woman shake her ass to. For those reasons alone, "Don't Believe The Hype" stands out.

Even though there isn't a wide range of subject matter, Dre has a sound that is definitely for today's rap audience. The rap fans of today love listening to music like this. It's youthful, energetic and has a crossover appeal to it, despite the profanity and vulgar language. Radio edited versions of all of the songs would be an easy fix to make it them more radio-friendly. Aside from the production, the length of the songs and mixtape overall was good. A lot of the songs are a little over a minute with the exception of "Don't Believe The Hype." Song length as well as album length is important because nowadays most peoples' attention span is really short and they can listen to a song for so long or sit and listen to an album or mixtape for so long. This mixtape was short and straight-to-the-point. Enough to give the listener what they want while not going overboard. If you're a fan of trap rap, then this is a mixtape you will need to add to your collection of mixtapes ASAP. Listen to Don't Believe The Hype here.

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