I’m not going to sit here and go song for song , bar for bar, because the mixtape is free dammit. It’s not as if your debating if you want to buy it off Amazon or iTunes. Download the mixtape! What I will do is give a sample of what to expect from the Nation mixtape.
The mixtape starts with Lyrically I, which was a perfect way to starts the mixtape. The track feeds off the overall message of the mixtape “The streets need Nation” . There’s also a video for this track which adds to the impact.
Guerilla Warfare is kind of a secondary intro track. You can feel the energy rising. The flow throughout the first couple of songs rides together great. There’s a little stunting in there, but nothing too heavy. Its all done gracefully.
When you arrive on track eight you better brace yourself, because the Mr. Marcus track is nothing to play with. The Mr. Marcus single is universal. I’m in the Chi and even the Midwest is bumping the track. Work Hard is one of the highlights of the mixtape and one of my personal favorites. The message is simple;l work hard for the money, forget what a hater is talking bout. At the end of the day if you want to be a baller, work harder.
If you seen the Nation you see the homie stay in the gym (No Homo). You should know he not doing that for the dudes, its strictly for the ladies. So of course you know he had to have few female tracks on there in Go on Girl, and Take a Chance.
BFF is a profound street track where Nation is paying homage to the game, the streets and his homies. Be Happy is about something almost every artist making moves has probably had to deal with. Dealing with homies who want to see you fail, people who feel you changed, and people who feel you owe they something.
Overall the mixtape is well put together. From the producers and beats selections to the features and hooks. The lyrics are more then impressive for a debut mixtape. Although Nation is a ATL rapper he did a good job and setting himself apart from the everyday typical ATL rapper. I didn’t get the feel that this was a southern or Atlanta mixtape, but more so an mixtape released in the U.S. Amazingly, for once I didn’t have to hear about how many kilos was being shipped to Colombia ( Thank God). This project could’ve easily been called an album.
The things I would like to see from Nation in the future is for him to continue to work hard and stay humble. Continue to better his word play and take his “Multies” to the next level. Download The Belief mixtape here .
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