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Soulja Boy’s 1up Mixtape

March 18, 2011


There are some pretty weird beats on this Soulja Boy tape. "Retro Gamer" was produced by Odd Future's Super 3, snare stutters impossibly disjointed with a belching noise underneath, just not a pleasant sounding instrumental. "Charlie Sheen" is pitched up the way we imagine the Kids Be Gone teenage sound-repellant might sound. Then things gets kind of great. "Weed Shoes" is a solid title and a popular lifestyle, the slow strings on "Stacks On Deck" are instant iTunes five-star. His "Good Life" estate description is charmingly un-rappable, like all of his best flows. He has always been a strange dude, and since Lil B doesn't really talk about SODMG anymore, it doesn't seem like Soulja Boy's co-opting anybody else's wacky. If at moments young rap seems pass him by—Soulja Boy's still only 20—with luck the post-spotlight shadow will only make him odder. It's telling that he's not in Austin, that's he's releasing a mixtape this week, and it's kind of nice he's still doing his own thing.

Download: Soulja Boy's 1up Mixtape

Soulja Boy’s 1up Mixtape