It’s always an amazing accomplishment when an artist can emulate the sentiment of pain through their music. Whether by telling an impactful story or by commentary on some of the negative aspects of society, listeners are often able to empathize with sincere artists.
Gucci Mane does not fit this description whatsoever. His latest mixtape, Trap God, brings new meaning to a painful listening experience in a really bad way. Gucci packages 20 tracks full of ignorant, empty content on bass-drowning and cheap synth-filled beats.
This is almost Gucci’s 30th mixtape since 2006, which is quite the feat. You have to give credit to Gucci Mane for his work ethic, as he supplies his fans with a seemingly endless supply of music. Trap God in particular received some buzz after Gucci released a diss track towards Young Jeezy backed by Rick Ross.
The tape also features notable artists such as Waka Flocka, T-Pain, Meek Mill and many more, but the features do not salvage the monstrosity that the tape truly is; in fact, they only enhance the negative listening experience more often than not.
And while Rick Ross and Meek Mill represent MMG well on the tape, it’s possibly only due to the fact that their verses sound so good in contrast to Gucci’s clumsy raps. The T-Pain produced track instantly reminds people why his 15 minutes of fame have been up for so long, and Trae the Truth comes through with a similarly stale verse.
I fully understand that when you listen to the mixtape, you are not supposed to look too much into the lyrical content or the musical ambience but take it as a collection of trap music. With that being said, the self-proclaimed “Trap God” just does not deliver music good enough to get hype to. This is especially true with the emergence of specifically designed to get the listener hyped up, from artists like Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky and even Kanye West.
Furthermore, the first half of the tape fails to hit as hard as it should. It sounds very underwhelming and if anything, the second half of the mixtape is when things pick up.
After listening to the tape, the only thing left to answer Gucci Mane is his least desirable trait as a rapper: Is it his elementary ‘nursery rhyme flow’? Is it the fact that he refuses to fully pronounce any of his lyrics? Or is it that the lyrical content itself is on nothing but violence, drugs, objectifying women and money? Who can tell, Trap God portrays them all.