Few hitmen for hire have had quite as big a year as Mike WiLL Made It.
Having crafted some of the year's most notable bangers like Future's "Move That Dope," Big Sean's "Paradise" and the ubiquitous "No Flex Zone," Mike WiLL Made It's ID is a signature that hip hop fans have come to know very well. And on his latest effort, he offers a glimpse of what's to come in 2015
Ransom starts out heavy with a chorus of brass similar to that thumping of Young Buck’s “Get Buck” to lay the groundwork for Big Sean, who continues to make his case for this year's top stunna. The mixtape then takes a trappy turn with the Mike WiLL snare in full effect on songs like the 2 Chainz-assisted “Someone to Love,” “Game for a Lame,” which features Fortune 5 and Bankroll Fresh, and, of course, the Gucci Mane, Chief Keef-helmed “Stop Start.”
Mike WiLL slows it down with more mellow songs like the ILoveMakonnen led “Swerve” and goes heavier with “That God Damn Freestyle” and “Money Long.” The Future-led “Drinks on Us” stands as one of the mixtape’s highlights.
“If y’all wanna hang out with the gangstas go ahead / I’m just gonna hang out count a little f**king bread / If y’all wanna slither with the snakes then y’all go head/ I keep a pedicured lawn so them snakes they will be dead / Tears of joy run down my cheek onto the soil / I would trick off on ya b***h but she ain’t loyal,” sings Swae Lee, who quickly establishes himself as one of the talents to watch for next year.
The second half of Ransom is more well-rounded and consistent with songs like “Screen Door,” the eerie “Change” and of course the hit single “Buy the World,” which features Kendrick Lamar, Future and Lil Wayne. The super producer also teams up once again with Juicy J, and once again it was a hit with the appropriately trippy “Don’t Trust” on which Juicy boasts, “Blowin’ money like weed smoke, spend a couple bands just to make it all double back / On the block like a running back / Pull the chopper on yo' a** have yo' tough a** runnin’ laps."
Ransom finishes out strong production-wise with the piano laden “Choppin’ Blades,” “In My Hands” featuring Migos and “Possible,” which features the mixtape’s hottest hook by none other than Dej Loaf.
Overall, the tape reemphasizes what we already know about Mike WiLL: He can make a hot song for pretty much any artist in the game regardless of stylistic differences. Even the mixtape’s weaker songs like “Hasta Lauego” and “F**k U” were serviceable beats.
It's clear that Mike WiLL (along with DJ Mustard) is one the kings of hip hop’s airwaves, and if Ransom is any indication of what the 25-year-old hitmaker has in store for 2015, a lot of producers are going to have to step their game up.
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