At the mid point in 2010, Skewln.com had Mid Year power ranking and this project claimed the number 1 spot. The year has ended and all the votes have been tallied up. Nation‘s The Belief takes the #2 spot for Top 10 Indie Mixtapes of 2010.
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. 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. This project could’ve easily been called an album.