It’s been a while since there was a full mixtape review on the site. And it’s also been a while since we heard from the Atlanta homie $hamrock. Therefore it seemed fitting to kill two birds with one stone and present the readers with his new mixtape. So let’s see what $ham and his boy DJ Big Headline have been cooking up for the fans in the Hood Kitchen.
Before reviewing any tracks, it would probably be helpful to define Hood Kitchen for the readers. Well $ham says, “that’s where you whip up the get money dream, the million dollar scheme. It could be: the trap, the studio, the office, the hood, the block. Whatever you do man that’s your hood kitchen, cause you cooking up the get money scheme.” Ya’ll got that? Alright, let’s dive into some tracks.
“Pound Of Purp”
This track features a sample from Gucci Mane‘s “Aw Man” song. The production here is hot. It has a low heavy bass and very hood vibe to it. The hook is simply the sample lyrics mentioned earlier. However, the use of the sample was pretty clever. This due to the fact that the sample is actually part of a verse. So one has to appreciate how DJ Big Headline cut and shaped it up for this track. There are no verses here, as it is a shorter piece. $ham just knocks it out in one shot, but the homie goes IN. He switched up from his signature relaxed flow to a more up-tempo one and spit some pretty clever rhymes. Overall, this a definite banger, Gucci would be proud.
“Extra (Remix)” F/ GA Gurlz
The track is an attention getter right out the gate, as it kicks off with a female emcee going pretty hard. Don’t hear $ham rapping with femcees too often, so that was a nice change of pace. The production here is on point. It has a low bass, a piano sound, and a very intense vibe going on. The hook is solid, a little simple lyrically though. The verses are good. The GA Gurlz hold it down for the ladies in the first two verses, as the all too familiar feelings about a no good man are expressed. Fellas, $ham had your back though. He comes in on the final verse and does his thing. The only complaint would be, that his verse seemed cut a little short. Extending the track just a bit would be nice. Otherwise, the song is great and definitely one of my favorites.
“Ride (Remix)” F/ Kyle Denmead
This track features samples from Ciara‘s song “Ride.” The samples are found in the production, the third verse, and one of the hooks as well. The new hook is quality. Kyle Denmead switched up the lyrics just a bit, to give the song the male perspective. Kyle also takes the first two verses and does his thing. He has a smooth delivery, pleasant vocals, and grown and sexy lyrics. Ciara’s samples come in next and then $ham blesses the track after that. He shows off his more smooth/sensual side, again not something we hear too often. “Young $hamrock, it’s plain to see. I got a million dollar flow, that’s amazing g. How you think I got the bad b–ch banging me? She sang to me, she doin’ thangs to me. I got a big bad stick that hang with me. And he never sleeps. He’s on the creep,” ladies your feeling that right, lol? Overall, this song is decent. But be warned it’s more for mature audiences only, haha.
The production here is quality. It has a slight knock to it, a snapping sound, and a very chill vibe. The hook is good too, has a catchy appeal. The verses are also up to par, gotta love how consistent $ham is with putting together tight rhymes. In addition to his well put together lyrics, $ham also adds a bragadocious tone to his delivery this time around. And I’m not just saying that either, he admits it: “Usually I’m humble, but right now I’m bragadocious. You sound atrocious and my sound on point. All my songs hot, man your songs sound burnt. You should have learned, I was not the one to back away slowly. I sign my own checks, I’m way too controlling. A lethal weapon with the mic that I’m holding. Nickname Origami, all the paper that I’m folding.” Bragging is usually a turn off but he did such a slick job, you can’t be mad right? This track is definitely worth a spin or two and for sure another favorite.
Alright, so that was like the appetizer for the mixtape. Overall, the mixtape as a whole is sick. $ham delivers a little something for everybody, while showing off different sides to his persona and style. I definitely think listeners will walk away satisfied. But there is only one way to find out for sure. Go snag your free copy of the mixtape via Trill South. Then hit up the homie $hamrock on Twitter and let him know what you think.
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