LA The Darkman hits us with a second installment of his Diary Of A Playboy series. On the mic, he is smooth and delivers some decent rhymes. His flow seems to have improved a bit for this latest offering. You will get features from Styles, Bun B, Willie The Kid, and Olivia. The beats on here are a good mix of original songs and some reworked classics. Sample heads should definitely be able to pick out where they have heard some of the beats before. All in all, this was a decent release from LAD. His last two were a little weak, but he seems to have bounced back rather well with this project. We hope to hear more from him in the near future.
Here you get the 3rd installment from LA The Darkman in his Paid In Full series of mixtapes. Lyrically, I hate to say it, but this is amateur hour for LAD. These are really basic and simple rhymes through this project. You are not going to get anything that is really mind-bending. His flows are simple and his wordplay is extremely basic. It’s weird because I have heard him perform better on other offerings. I don’t know what happened here. As far as the beats, he does pick some dope classic tracks to rhyme over. The best beat was probably “Rule To Medina” which he flows over Wu-Tang’s “For Heaven’s Sake.” He also raps over “She Will” by Lil Wayne and Drake and “G.O.D. Pt 3” by Mobb Deep. While there are some classic tracks you will hear on here, the lyrics simply don’t arrive at the same level and it was a bit of a let down.
This project was terrible. I couldn’t get through this tracklist fast enough. Thank God it was only 8 tracks. The rhymes are boring. The beats are awful. There is pretty much nothing redeeming on this release. Upon hearing this, you wouldn’t think it was the same rapper that did the Paid In Full 2 mixtape. I guess the only credit I could really give it would be that it is not that mumble rap crap that floods the channels. But definitely take this album and chuck it into the nearest garbage can you can find.
This was a very surprisingly dope release from the old Wu-Tang affiliate. LA picked some of the most classic old school freestyle beats and does a great job with them. He definitely isn’t the greatest MC ever but he has some bars and I think the strong point is his flow. He is able to keep it going consistently. If you are a fan of dope freestyles, this is definitely a project for you. I can’t even stress how great the picks for beats are on this project. After hearing this project, my first thought was that I can’t wait for Paid In Full 3. Pick more dope classic beats and do the same thing again LA. This is a must listen for any real 90s hip hop fans out there.