Once again here at StratCarter.com, we aim to be way more than just a top spot to buy hot rap beats and hip hop instrumentals online. This is the first of what will be a regular mixtape review series. We aim to give indie artists as much extra exposure as possible, as well as reviewing tapes from more established artists.
First up is Hooligan with “Road to the Riches”. Hailing from Elizabeth, New Jersey and signed to Xzavier Entertainment, Hooligan delivers 9 bangers for your listening appetite. If you’re not familiar with his style, think a little bit of Nas, a little bit of Em and a lot of mature lyrics and hard-hitting flows. The stand out track in terms of what we believe could blow is “I Stand Alone” ft Rocq Dolo. The Evanescence-esque hook and bridge are infectious and thought-provoking. The heavy south-styled production, which sounds like something Just Blaze might do for Jeezy is pretty much billboard worthy. Other notable tracks are “Criticize” and “Insane”
The truth is the mixtape is a great listen from end to end with no filler. If we get really picky, it could be said that the tape is too short with only 9 tracks but that’s a matter of opinion. Also from a strict lyrical point of view, based on the potential we heard, it would have been nice to have some more intricate wordplay, punchlines, double entendre and metaphor. However something tells me Hooligan got some more of that saved up for the album coming soon.
I’d give it a straight up 4 out of 5 and I seriously recommend you download it here