Compton’s Buck of course hails from Compton, California and carries quite a load on his shoulders as regards that city’s musical history. Although he has several stellar feature appearances on this project from Waka Flocka and Young Jeezy, throughout this mixtape this cat proves he can stand on his own. His lyrical ability is on par with many of the new artists kicking up dust in the Hip Hop industry and he rightfully should be considered to be in a decent sophomore class.
MASSIVE tracks put this mixtape in the upper class of the many projects that we are exposed to each and everyday. One particular standout for me is track 05 “What It Do” ft. Guerilla Black. Hot HOT bass line, excellent instrumentation is great background for the lyric and deadly delivery of both Buck and Black…this one goes into my playlist for certain. Production was a key piece of the overall make up on this project, they took their time, put it together right and several times I nearly broke my neck. I got a sneaky suspicion that DJ Quik may have been an influence of the producer for track 08 “Real Hip Hop Freestyle” who is known for his burnin bass! I liked the track on this joint but in all honesty, Buck should have stayed away from the freestyle, which was the only real negative piece of the project to me. Calling that freestyle Real Hip Hop had me ready for something totally different and he failed miserably.
Sequencing of Apollo was well thought out and except for that one track; the project kept a strong climb upward and plateaued at just the right point keeping the solid presentation all the way from start to end.
Features were kept to a minimum, which I appreciated very much. Too many artists rely on the marquee value of other artists whose machines have driven them up the charts and to the forefront in hope that it will hide their own shortcomings. Compton’s Buck is legit and the features were appropriate and did bring some added value to Apollo but, if Buck had done the whole project totally solo, that would have been fine as well. Bottom line is he’s good and worth listening too.
Overall, Apollo is a solid offering with good production value and enough diversity in content to keep it interesting from the beginning to the end. Buck has a good style and rides the tracks like a seasoned pro. It’s apparent he will continue to do well musically as long as he delivers consistently.
Favorite Joints for me were “What it Do”ft. Guerilla Black; “When I Was Broke”; “Just Like Compton” ft. Young Jeezy and “Big” ft. YG.
This one is worth the download get it @ http://www.datpiff.com/ComptonsBuck-Apollo-mixtape.315114.html and check out Buck on Twitter @ComptonsBuck
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