Mike G of Odd Future drops free 'Award Tour' EP
Don't expect A Tribe Called Quest references, do expect frequent references to Satan, "Damien" and hell on Mike G's new "Award Tour" EP. After all, the cousin of Warren G reps Odd Future, the skate rap crew known for its nihlism, atheism and most other isms (but not this one).
Production is handled by Left Brain, Frisco TSC and Hodgy Beats, and as with most Odd Future affairs, this is a group effort, though Tyler, Earl, Domo, et. al don't make any appearances on the 26-minute EP. Instead, the mini-record feature impressive turns from extended OF family Vince Staples, and a memorable 16 bars from Speak! (who co-wrote Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci").
The mixtape largely avoids the screwed-up style that Mike G implemented on his first tape, 2009's "Ali," but it does boast a slowed-down ambient float. And though the comparison would cause an inevitable Twitter rampage from the entire crew, "Award Tour" almost operates as a satanic flip side to A$AP Rocky's "LiveLoveA$AP." There are clothing references (a song called "Chanel"), lifestyle boasts and comic murders in the Shady Records model.
But the highlight might be Staples' and Griffin's "Moracular World." If it's possible for anyone associated with Odd Future to be overlooked, it might be Staples. Barely out of his teenage years, he goes on a lyrical rampage after his Nintendo 64 cartridges are thrown out and his grandmother chases him with a hockey stick.
The EP serves as a solid stop-gap for G's official debut, "Gold," which is tentatively slated for release next year. What's most engaging is the third verse, where Staples and G trade off every two bars, reminiscent of the guys who wrote the original "Award Tour." Except with 200% more references to mustache trimming, "Carrie" and guns.
Download: (Caution: explicit language)
ZIP: Mike G -- "Award Tour" (Left Click)
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