Written by Cinque
Grand Hustle rapper Iggy Azalea recently dropped a mixtape titled Trap Gold, and overall I’d say it’s generally okay for what it is: a trap-beat based mixtape.
The production definitely outshines Iggy by a long shot, but is pretty much EXACTLY the same throughout the whole mixtape. The only song that sounded slightly different was “Slo,” but I didn’t get the point of the song at all. It’s pretty much her attempt at trying to be “deep” on a mixtape that doesn’t follow those guidelines. The producers for this project, Diplo & FKi, definitely bit Lex Luger’s sounds (his chants) on this one. The intro and outro tracks don’t really fit in with the mixtape at all, and I don’t know if the hook on the song “Slo” was meant to be catchy or what.
I did laugh several times while listening to this though she raps about some guy giving her oral and her vagina quite a bit on “Down South,” and descriptions are really funny. But her voice can get annoying at times, and the beats deserve a rapper more like Waka Flocka. She had Juicy J on “Flexin’ Finessin’,” which wasn’t half bad, but it may have been better if she used some of her Grand Hustle fam to spit over some of the tracks. It may have improved the lyrical content of this project.
Trapgold sounds like something an artist would put out in a hurry, and I don’t she took her time making this. (Or maybe it’s perfect to her as everything sounds as rough as how it should). The little sketches do not fit in well with the mixtape because they try to convey a deeper meaning that just isn’t there. I wish it had a bit more variety when it came to the chants, progressions, and even the tempos of the beats. The songs are way too repetitive, and the Lex Luger-style chants get pretty annoying after a while. If it wasn’t funny, then it was simply painful to listen to.
My favorite songs on here include “Yo El Ray” and Demons (especially Demons). That was probably the best song on the mixtape.
Overall, Trap Gold wasn’t a terrible mixtape. This is definitely riding music that could have benefited from more features, more variety in the beats and a the occasional change in Iggy’s flow.