Mixtape Review: Kidd Wes – It’s Only A Mixtape
Kidd Wes has a very versatile delivery, and that’s a good thing. I think he may still be trying to find which suits him best, so more power to him. He uses instrumentals that a lot of folks will be familiar with so they’re more likely to listen. I loved the Outro on this album. I felt like it was really Kidd Wes the artist and not someone just spitting over instrumentals for giggles.
With this in mind there are weaknesses with this project that I think need to be addressed. I think we could have gone without the Intro. It’s not necessarily bad but it does remind you of the old school Outkast skits. If you’re gonna remind folks of anything Outkast, you gotta come with it or don’t come at all. The Pass Out is also skippable. This track had a lot going on, maybe a little too much which would make it hard to enjoy. Different parts of the song would be dope as their own individual cut. Wes raps over the I’m On One single instrumental and I forgot I was even listening to the mixtape for a second. It mimicked the original track with Drizzy, Ross, then Wes. I don’t mind when rappers rap over other instrumentals, but when a lot of your mixtape contains beats that aren’t original, it hurts the experience and pigeon holes artists as just mixtape emcees.
In the end, Kid Wes is an artist who at times shows some potential to be a cool listen, but right now, he has work to improve himself.