MixxReview: GunPlay (@GunPlayMMG) “Living Legend” by @TravDave

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Gunplay

 

Review by @TravDave

If Future is the drug user, Gunplay is the drug dealer. Gunplay released his debut album “Living Legend” on July 31st. The artwork inspired by Huey Newton indicates that this album going to be really gritty and unapologetic tales from the hood. Known to be a real street dude, Gunplay starts the album off with “Tell’em”, by stating “I’m the truth and that’s the truth”, using similes to describe what kind of person he is. MMG head honcho, Rick Ross appears on “Be like me”, claiming he has a chopper in the truck which is a track that would’ve worked 3 summers ago. Ross leads the league in raps that sound straight out of a gangster movie, but compliments Gunplay perfectly with the energy he supplies to the track. West coast rapper YG appears on “Wuzhanindoe” with DJ Mustard on the production. This one sounds like a throwaway Mustard beat from a early YG session. “Chain smokin” features MMG’s own Stalley and Currensy and is one of those predictable records, but Currensy floats over this beat with ease with tales of good erb and muscle car talk. “White bitch” and “Blood on the dope” are cinematic drug tales that rival cocaine cowboys and shoot outs on wax. Mickey Munday of the fame cocaine cowboys actually appears in the “White Bitch” video. Ending the album with a phone call from his mother telling him she loves him, but to never the leave the game alone, Gunplay expresses his love for the game and how he is a product of his environment that shaped him into the man he is today.

Only 11 songs, the album is a whirlwind of drug talk combined with clever wordplay. The production on this album is kind of forgettable and feels like a mix tape. There aren’t too many stand out songs besides “White Bitch” that hold your attention. Being around Ross it’s surprising Gunplay didn’t use his ear for beats. Although there is potential for Don Logan to grow as an emcee he can clearly rap; and actually bodied Kendrick Lamar on 2 songs, but the predictable street life verbiage and cocaine references get old quick and doesn’t provide much substance. With everything that’s going on with MMG; Ross fighting a case and Meek Mill losing rap battles to Aubrey Graham, it’s safe to say this album is a good distraction that MMG needed. Even though White Bitch will work well in the club, this does not pass the car test.

 

determined to see my name in the credits and take home an award. Dassit.