Zaytoven/Where Would The Game Be Without Me 2
HOWEVER… this edition of DJ Drama’s timeless Gangsta Grillz series (but not really promoted as such) is a color-by-numbers tour of the trap.
If honesty is going to reign supreme here, Zaytoven has done much better work than this and the old ‘it’s just a mixtape’ justification for fair quality work isn’t going to fly.
The participants that include Yo Gotti, Lil Uzi Vert, Big Bank Black, Young Scooter, Metro Boomin and Lil Yachty assist the producer in asking us for the one commodity that we can’t get back which is our time.
Funny enough it’s the often-creatively-stifled Yachty who comes through with one of the tape’s three highlights on the too-nasty-for-TV “Art Show.”
The lyrical point to the hook is somewhat clever in a manner in which you would not want a female relative to be on the receiving end of but it’s clever nonetheless.
“Stars In the Ceiling” is hosts one of the tape’s strongest beats in that the rotating subs/kicks provide both a bottom end and a musical hook worth humming too.
Featuring Quavo of Migos fame, it joins the morose “One Day” as the trio of attention-worthy numbers.
Those numbers refuse to add up to outing that lives up to its title. So while the rest of the collection is just ho-hum, it remains painfully obvious that Zaytoven remains a go-to producer for that heat even if he’s not the best judge of his own work for his own efforts.