Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mixtape Review : Joe Budden - Mood Muzik 4: A turn for the worst !

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"Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst is the 4th and latest installment to the Mood Muzik series by rapper Joe Budden." - Wikipedia

Some would agree, Joe Budden has taken his share of public L's(means loses). L's ranging from issues with his ex-girlfriend Tairy to rumors of him being an emo with bipolar. It also seems he survived criticism, in addition to violent attacks by other artist(of whom I won't be promoting). Point is, you can understand why this is his fourth, yes fourth Mood Muzik mixtape and is the reason why I decided to give him an ear(Something I rarely do. I don't even listen to mixtapes often).

Now, I don't care what anyone says. Joe Budden is a great hip hop artist. Not only that, he is far beyond just an hip hop artist. Joe Budden is also a great lyricist unfortunately for him this article isn't about his past accomplishments or social recognition conjured up by his effective usage Hip Hop's musical culture. On to the review of Joe Budden Mood Muzik 4 mixtape. Of course I didn't listen to the whole thing, you crazy ? It's seventeen tracks of..well I only listened to the initial four. First impressions last right ? ;-P

The mixtape isn't anything special in the sense that we can't refer to it as an "album"(judging from the first four tracks). Though, it does have an air of honesty something that is lacked today in the hip hop genre amongst all the diverse marketing schemes of the industry. However, Joe Budden avoids the cliches of gangsta life which fails to be embeded into the contents of this mixtape which contains a collection of psychosocial based subject matter. For example, Track 3 - Role Reversal seems to be about his conflicts with his baby mother and step son. Social conflicts of not being able to see his children amongst other things.

Overall, it's a pretty decent mixtape from what I've listened to. It comes equipped with a pretty neat mixtape cover with proper lighting and shadows. Mood Muzik 4's cover design matches the theme of the title, in addition the musical subject matter stays true to the theme of the tape. For the most part while listening to the tracks you can easily identify that he enjoys a stressful mixtaped lifestyle.

For all you underground rappers looking to build a fanbase before I release another how to release a successful mixtape article take a look at how Joe Budden marketed this mixtape:

Mood Muzik 4: A Turn For The Worst!


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