Mixtape Review: Stizzy Tha Great “Dear Summer”

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Before I get into this review, let me put out a disclaimer for anyone who asks me to do one in the future: I am one person with an opinion. If I say anything you don’t like, deal. I am not a yes man. I am just a writer with an opinion. If you want a biased report, don’t come to me. Back to the regularly scheduled program…

For the second straight week, I’m sitting in a chair typing up reviews with a split screen — Microsoft Word on the left, ESPN on the right. I love the NFL, but business has to get handled as well.

So, this review is on Stizzy Tha Great’s latest project “Dear Summer.” While the Fayetteville, North Carolina artist released the project about a month ago, I’m getting to it shortly before the fall season hits and we’re bombarded by pumpkin everything. While the temperatures stayed in the 90s with the heat index surpassing triple digits, Stizzy’s plan was to provide that fire through audio…

And after giving it a listen, I’ll have to say he succeeded. Stizzy has a party vibe to just about every verse (hence his nickname “Rockstar Shawty”) but there’s plenty of punchlines and metaphors to provide substance. Stizzy remixed several popular songs such as Jay-Z’s “I Got The Keys,” Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange” (which impressed me because of the subject matter and I didn’t know too many artists who could actually just rap on the track without singing through it all), but also took on some classics such as “Dear Summer,” “Keep Their Heads Ringin” and “Summertime.” There were also a couple of great original joints on there, such as “Dead People” and “Put My City On” (ft. Aryn-B). From a lyrical perspective, this was a very solid project.

My issues with the project were mainly things I probably shouldn’t worry about. There wasn’t much structure — in fact, there weren’t a lot of actual songs outside of the freestyle variety. I would’ve liked to hear a little more versatility as well, but this felt more like a prelude to a bigger project in the future. Also, there were a few songs I wasn’t really a big fan of, but that’s just my taste.

Of course, you’ve got to hear the project for yourself and formulate your own opinion. Go to stizzythagreat.com to take a listen. And I’m out.

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