Scotty ATL is back with a brand new seven-track mixtape, OTW, which might be the 33-year-old Cool Club label founder/creator’s biggest breakthrough. Despite having collaborated with such big names as b.o.b., Devin The Dude, Bun B, Killer Mike, Big K.R.I.T., and Ty Dolla $ign, he has continued to show growth. Now, after more than a dozen albums, it seems he’s really nailed with this one.
The mixtape opens with the short two-and-a-half minute “OTW (intro),” produced by Cory Mo and Twan da God, which he follows with “No Support” a bumping trap beat produced by frequent Gucci Mane collaborator, Zaytoven.
In a previous interview with Salute Magazine, Scotty ATL expressed that “when I am writing, I like to paint a picture. I like to give people the particulars.” This becomes increasingly clear on this introspective track from the 808 Mafia about keeping your head “Above Water” in troubled times.
The lead single,“Ratchet” is a bass-heavy club banger from producer Tasha Catour, which features a clever throwback to the 2003 hit “In Da Club” by 50 Cent. He continues to impress with tracks such as “Can’t Count,” a classic “dirty south” style beat from producer Chefry Kitchen, which he follows with the bouncy trap anthem “Litty” featuring DJ Blak. OTW comes to a close with the track, “Champagne Dreams,” a jazzy instrumental by the R&B group/Production duo, Watch the Duck.
Unlike many of his emerging rap counterparts, Scotty ATL doesn’t focus on the glitz and glamour of trying to be a rap celebrity, staying true to himself and trying to establish his sound in the industry today. If there was any particular record to epitomize this it would have to be this one.
In addition to his most recent work, Scotty ATL has also announced that he plans to release another mixtape, Higher Altitude, due later this year. Be sure to stay tuned to Salute Magazine for more.
RATING: 3.8 / 5
LISTEN: SCOTTY ATL – ‘OTW’