California-based rapper YG returns with his latest mixtape, "Just Re'd Up 2". The tapes sees him teaming up primarily with frequent collaborator DJ Mustard, as the two deliver a consistent batch of their signature brand of energetic snap, along with some well-placed melodic tracks.
Â Right off the bat, YGâs fifth mixtape Just Reâd Up 2 illustrates just what theÂ Californian rapper is all about. Starting bold from the second track with bumpingÂ 808âs and underscored by synthesizers, âIm 4Rm Bromptonâ really sets the toneÂ for the mixtapeâs high energy. With countless notable features, such as Young Jeezy,Â Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J, Just Reâd Up 2 keeps you closely engaged and your headÂ nodding at all times.
Like in many of his other mixtapes, such as Just Reâd Up (1), YG smoothlyÂ transitions from hyphy tacks, filled with a choppy heavy bass and playful lyrics, toÂ more intimate, harmonious songs that tune into his sensitive side. The fluidÂ progression in the mixtape, from high-energy songs to ones with softer, R&B styleÂ melodies, occurs seamlessly. For instance, the mixtapeâs eighth track âMillionâ willÂ keep you moving as it enjoys lively 808âs with a strong bass line. Though, quiteÂ subtly, the next two songs, âSprungâ and âI Wanna B Downâ, slow down the pace;Â giving the audience some time to wind down and enjoyÂ the likes of smooth beatsÂ and even some R&B.
Though, YG is sure to finish Just Reâd Up 2 just the way he started itâwithÂ enough energy to keep you running, dancing, drinking or whatever it is you do toÂ tire yourself out. Overall, with a variety of playful beats, stemming from bangingÂ 808âs to softer melodies, the mixtape seems to stay true to YGâs previous work. EvenÂ as a young rapper, YG shows consistency in his music, and this mixtape does notÂ disappoint. Boasting a rather lengthy, yet dynamic 28 tracks, Just Reâd Up 2 can beÂ played through and through while still leaving you crave more. And it is just thisÂ sense of melodic variety and boundless energy that will keep you hooked to YG, timeÂ and time again.