This week launched on the most important day of the Brick Squad year, the only Brick Squad holiday that doesn’t scream at you. That’s right October 17th, or 10/17. In past years the date has given birth to gifts like Gucci’s still incomprehensibly huge Cold War series. This year the big name stayed at home (or in a prison cell) while the lesser known acts handled most of the festivities, blessing us with three new BSM tapes—from Frenchie, Kayo Redd and Wooh Da Kidd. But but but wait, it gets worse, Sticky Fingaz. Tonight sees the release of Flocka’s long awaited Lebron Flocka James 3 as well as Chi town Monopoly holder Bo Deal’s The Chicago Code 2.
Wooh Da Kid’s Krown The King mixtape (BOW BOW BOW BOW)
You know that part at the end of Waka’s “Bustin At ‘Em” where the beat drops and he stretches a cry of BRICCCKKK SQUAADDD into a thousand syllables? Imagine that sound in paragraph form and then consider that paragraph my review of this tape.
6FO & E-9 f. Waka Flocka, “M.O.N.E.Y.” (BOW BOW BOW BOW)
Waka only sells a hook and some adlibs to alphanumerical NJ rappers 6FO and E-9, but it’s more than enough to make you want to punch something. Track is laced by Meek Mill’s principle collaborator and recent Roc Nation signee Jahlil Beatz, who folds his spastic ticks into the loose Luger blueprint. It’d be nice to hear him work with the BSM more often.
Kayo Redd’s YNS: The Rise Of The Sykho Soulja mixtape (BOW BOW BOW)
Waka Flocka’s little brother takes Brick Squad day to unveil his Juggalo-esque alias Sykho Soulja.The production falls on mostly on the grinding metal end of the Brick Squad aesthetic. Kayo isn’t totally there as a rapper yet but he’s certainly inherited his older brothers penchant for adlibbing, with his SYHKO SYHKO SYHKO approaching cartoonish levels of flex. Also the line Doctor, doctor please I need my mediation / I hate gravity and love levitating is worth getting tatted on your belly.
Frenchie’s Chicken Room mixtape (BOW BOW BOW)
Frenchie is the scrappiest underdog in a crew full of scrappy underdogs. When he hits his stride he’s an incredible rapper. Still there’s something overwhelming about his high energy personality that makes it a little difficult to digest in a full length setting. Chicken Talk is an exhausting tape. Still points for bringing back his Waka collab “I’m So Tired” (rechristened “Lord I’m Tired”) which should be Brick Squad canon by now but probably isn’t. Frenchie also dropped a video for the tape’s Juicy J collab “Working Chick.”
Waka Flocka f. Eldorado Red and YG Hootie, “Pockets On Straight” (BOW BOW BOW)
Waka and co. ressurect this LFJ2 track for a video treatment.
Dirty Dave f. Gucci Mane, Slycka Slyck and Lil Ru, “Fast Lane” (BOW BOW)
This is a posse cut with many South Carolinian rappers and Gucci Mane for no reason. Hopefully they get their money’s worth from the verse back in Worldstar views.
Gucci Mane and Ludacris, “Steak & Fries” (BOW BOW)
Another Gucci throwaway. Here he plays a good enough hypeman/hookman on this squelchy Luda cut, but barely shows up when it comes time to spit his verse.