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“Mayor of Rap” — The Frank Willis LP Review

Frank-Willis-Stand-Alone-copyThe Frank Willis LP, hosted by DJ Smallz, was released last Thursday, July 10th. Since its release, the mixtape has received more than 900 views, and counting. Of course, I had to listen to it myself, especially since Frank Willis is a local artist. I must say, I was very impressed with what I heard.

Check out the full review below.

The Frank Willis LP (Intro)

The mixtape opens up with a patriotic theme where Frank Willis is introduced as the re-elected Mayor of Hip-Hop and he addresses the “State of the Hip-Hop Union.” He gives a speech, and then he opens the floor for questions about his career and his life story. People start asking questions, and this leads into him sharing bits and pieces of his story throughout the mixtape.

Mayor

This track just emphasizes more of the Intro’s theme. Frank Willis goes into more detail about him being the “Mayor of Rap,” and in a way, he explains his style of hip-hop and demonstrates his personality. It has a steady, catchy beat with a confident, I’m here and you can’t tell me nothin’ flow.

Smoke 2 Dis

This is probably my least favorite song on the mixtape. The lyrics aren’t bad, but the song, overall, is a little too slow for my taste. But that’s just me. I mean, it sounds like it would be something that some of my friends would listen to, but I couldn’t get into it.

Jigga Diddy Russell

The title is pretty self-explanatory. If you know anything about hip-hop, you should know who Jigga, Diddy and Russell are.

Frank Willis’s flow picks up again as he explains how he’s influenced by Jigga, Diddy and Russell to stay on his grind. If you ask me, all three of them are good role models for anyone who wants to break into the hip-hop industry and anyone who is really about their business. In this song, and throughout the mixtape, it seems as if Frank Willis is really channeling energy from them. It’s hard to explain, but you can tell that they are his inspiration.

She Gotta Man (feat. Brittany Muldrow)

Whoever the girl is at the beginning and the end of this track had me cracking up! No lie, I kept rewinding her parts. They were too funny.

At any rate, this song is basically about a girl who is in an unhappy relationship and Frank Willis is the “friend” that’s pursuing her… Kind of. He talks about how much he kicks it with the girl, and it seems like he likes her. They do mess around… But he ends each verse with “We don’t hold hands/We don’t light candles/We just friends/She got a man…” which makes him seem like he doesn’t care what happens between him and the girl… I don’t know. I’m over-thinking with this song. But it’s a good one, nonetheless.

Do It Better

I love this song. It’s one of those ego-boosting songs that seems like it’s speaking to your life and you HAVE to choose it as your theme song.

The hook plays off of the old, classic song “Anything You Can Do.” I can definitely see this being played on the radio, and it should be spinning in clubs and at house parties right about now.

Beverage of Choice (feat. Bud Judge)

This song is actually about a guy who is very infatuated with a lady who he calls his “beverage of choice.” The song uses different metaphors to describe the feelings that the woman brings to him. I really enjoyed the word play used throughout the song. It was very clever.

I feel like this the perfect song you can bump in your car when you’re riding around at 2 in the morning with your windows down. It’s one of those songs that you can just vibe to and chill out. OR, it could be the background music on a reality TV show scene on VH1. Either way, it can be classified as a summer hit.

Bout Dat Life

Some people really aren’t what they “post” to be, and this song explains just that.

He hit the nail on the head with this song. As someone who’s actually from the ‘hood and actually went through some of the stuff he talked about in this song, I can definitely say that this song is relatable and 100% real. I could really go in about the message he presented in this song, but I’ll save it.

KrayZ (feat. Carrington)

Frank Willis discusses the parallels between street life and hip-hop. It’s not really a “call out” record, but he does explain how the two worlds clash. It’s one of those records that touches on rappers who live the life they rap about versus rappers rappers who don’t. Again, he’s not calling anyone out, but based on his lyrics and the parts of his life story that he has shared, he is definitely an artist that lives what he raps.

I.J.T.O.L.

I.J.T.O.L. stands for “I’m Just Thinking Out Loud.” The beat is amaaaaaazing. It has a chill vibe to it, but at the same time, it’s a song you would play if you were contemplating something. If you’re like me, you’re the type to play music to help you process your emotions. I strongly recommend this song for that purpose.

The lyrics flow well and as you’re listening, it sounds like he is just speaking his mind. It’s not like he’s venting, and it’s not an “angry” track, but it sounds like he’s having a conversation with someone and he’s speaking the truth. He’s sharing his thoughts and emotions in a manner that allows us to learn more about him and his personality.

Beautiful Art

In this song, Frank Willis reminds us of what hip-hop is supposed to be: art. He does this by reciting his verses in a way that sounds poetic… Almost like spoken word. Like, if he performed it acapella, it would sound as if he was performing at a spoken word showcase. This is a more vulnerable track, and I feel like he did a really good job of demonstrating the theme of this song.

The Frank Willis LP (Outro)

The album closes with a reporter (I’m guessing he’s approaching Frank Willis at the end of the press conference) that asks about how he feels about his career, what his fans can expect from him and if he wanted to share any final thoughts. His final words transitioned into a bonus track.

6/29/61 (feat. Brittany Muldrow)

Frank Willis pays tribute to his mother who passed away. It is a very touching tribute–like none I’ve heard before. Those who still have their mothers with them may start to really appreciate having one to call on when they need them. Not saying that every woman who has had a child is perfect, but if nothing else, listeners will think about how time is of the essence, and while we take our mothers for granted, at any moment, they could be gone. If you’re a softy like me, you might cry at the end.

Overall

This was the most entertaining mixtape from an upcoming hip-hop artist that I’ve heard in a loooooooonnnnnggg time. The theme of the album remained consistent from start to finish. Not only that, but it didn’t feel as if I was listening to the same song over and over, if you catch my drift.

His style of hip-hop is definitely different from the typical “Atlanta” hip-hop, which really makes him stand out as a local artist. I will say that the skits throughout the mixtape kind of reminded me of the humor and “real talk” interludes in Kanye West’s College Dropout album. Not in the way that they were similar, just that he included a variety of voice overs to accompany his music, and it added to the entertainment factor. Very few artists can actually create something like that without it coming off as overdone or boring… Or pointless.

I feel like Frank Willis will definitely go far in his music career. I’m looking forward to hearing more of his songs and watching his music evolve over time. You can listen and download The Frank Willis LP by clicking here.

 

Reviewed by Raena, Editor-in-Chief

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