What do you get when you combine heart pounding, head banging boom-bap percussion with raw, gritty, adroit metaphoric phrases? You get one of the hottest mixtapes out this summer, Petey Green’s “Looseys”. Looseys takes Hip-Hop back to its essence by providing audiences everywhere with speaker bursting beats and Backpacker rhymes. The mixtape tends to focus on displaying apt lyrical abilities rather than telling stories or relying on catchy hooks. This iron-clad 16 track opus separates Petey from his peers by providing the masses with a composition that is based on a solid sonic foundation and razor sharp lyricism.
Looseys is an album that expertly weaves throwback, sample based production with modern sequencing and galvanized metaphors as displayed on the Rich Mahogany produced “I Know the Routine” The production is reminiscent of The RZA back in ’94. A one bar loop sequence dominates the track as voice, string and bass riffs come together to grant Petey a picturesque environment to drop a plethora of lyrical gems. Petey drops a slew of one liners such as “Never in your life underestimate me/I steamroll crabs like I was paid to pave streets”. His mid-pitch voice is complimented by his rugged delivery as Green goes on a word playing tirade for 3:18.
Green keeps the heat blazing with “Follow Me”, a track that many emcees can appreciate and relate to. The song is a descriptive chronological reflection of Green’s introduction to Hip-Hop, heeding the call of music and establishing himself as a premiere underground emcee. He’s been a student of the game since he was 11 and cites Death Row and The Wu-Tang Clan as some of his early influences. Producer Bobbybob laces Petey with a finely chopped loop drizzled over pounding percussion. The song’s hook is comprised in Old School fashion as it borrows a few lines from Buckshot Shorty to add a flawless nostalgic feel. Follow Me isn’t a club banger. It’s a Backpacker anthem that’s dedicated to the word witted members of ciphers across the globe.
“Maintain” pairs Petey Green with Pace Won together to give the listener a lyrical blitzkrieg whose kill radius increases as each bar is delivered. Though the track is traveling at a slow 82-84 beats per minute, this collaboration is definitely one for the history books. There’s too many hot lines throughout this composition to quote, but here’s a sneak peek of what you’re in store for: “I been gettin right since back in my playpen/and rollin in the hood was like training with cavemen/I’m happy I’m alive and I’m not in the state pen/pushing to the top with the strength of eight men”. These two explosive emcees trade verses and drop powerful passages on the masses. The Lord Jamar produced track is laced with an abundance of thunderous drums and dynamic turntablism. Bulwarked with ingenious repartee, “Maintain” can be added to the list of classic underground material.
Looseys is an admirable mixtape that only contains a few missteps. The production, emceeing and guest spots are all solid in their own right. If you’re in the market for music to dance to in the club, this may not be for you. However, if you’re on the hunt for no frills, organic and entertaining Hip-Hop, look no further. If it’s nicotine you crave, go hit the bodega for a loosey. If you want the same effect with none of the fiberglass, tar or toxins download the equally addictive Petey Green mixtape “Looseys”