Hip Hop in 2012 has been a little more than strong as we eclipse the halfway mark of the year, true heads can confirm that the myriad of new emcees with formidable talent has been awesome for the art of Hip Hop itself, but so many get lost in the fray of the “hype” or the lack of commercial marketing thereof and just keep working to remain slept on.
Nevertheless, i would advise you to pick through the bullshit and find your spot on Uno Hype’s wave at its crest, because his is coming. This 18 year old spitter out of Maryland is making some heads flip with the release of his EP Fxck The Hype with DJ Black Diamond. Boasting features from Joey Bada$$, Smoke DZA, and Hassani Kwess, we get a glimpse of a unique sound composed of the content rappers of the internet age are spitting. It would be a reach to say Uno is in a lane of his own in terms of lyrical potency, but when it comes to making real good music, Fxck The Hype is one of his projects that fits the description, indubitably.
Stand out tracks like “Sense of Fulfillment” & “Chips Ahoy” anchor Fxck The Hype as a solid mixtape, where Uno really comes at it with a ‘let em have it’ approach dribbling rhymes like “cause my plans about to excel, i’m in hell so i inhale and exhale/now i’m on the cover of XL, way past you homie i excel/” he gives the listener premonitions of greatness! But somethings missing. Stepping back and looking at the entirety of Uno’s work on this tape, it seems like more of a prequel for something far greater he might have in store rather than being that mixtape that becomes the staple in his career. One cannot contend though, that this is all Uno has to offer being that he’s only 18 and already with a buzz bubbling like vinegar to baking soda. But for now, jam out to Fxck The Hype and get familiar if you aren’t already.
Train Of Thought - An interesting start for the mixtape. With a muffled piano chime in the beginning of the beat swallowed by the whirling bassline kinda gets you ready for rapture. Listening to this one Uno shows he can be en route to be one of the hardest unique sounds if consistent and a little more fluid. 7-10
AromaTherapy - Funky ass beat, makes you wanna roll a doobie in a Dually, windows down sipping brown, on some real, this is a cooker. This is one of those features done well too, where every emcee compliments the previous. 8-10
We Were Kings - He makes the head rock, Uno has a unique sound that can be widely appreciated. Hassani Kwess goes in so hard with a mixtape J. Cole’ type of prowess. The beat is like something The Warrior’s of our time would go ham to. 9-10
Destroy Me - Sounds like something i’d hear B.O.B collaborating with Maroon 5 (no discredit to Mansions On The Moon) for some commercial track strictly for the radio, personally I feel this is not the route Uno should take, but it shows his versatility, as expected on a mixtape. 5-10
Chips Ahoy - So fucking gritty! once the bass knocks you start grillin’ like you got 10 golds to the top and bottom. DZA, Uno and Kwess do the beat so much justice, this is a favorite, needs to be on any mix out. Everyone snapped. 10-10
Olde English - The potential is there listening to Uno, he makes the head bop but the “ooh factor” is marginal, Hassani really shows his talent and rarely disappoints on this track and others 7-10
Smooth Flows -The first verse is kind of a grinder out where the beat is okay but the verse sub par, Uno saves it, on a song who’s vibe is reminiscent of early Camp Lo. Vaunfe ends the song solidly but I get the feeling this song was a filler more than anything. 6-10
Sense of Fulfillment - Uno really shows his heart on a melodic piano roll mixed with its optimistic bassline, giving you the sense your about to peer into the rappers soul. The placement of this solo track is needed in the midst of all of the collaborations on the tape. Uno proves on this one that he has the potential to be around for a good while. 8-10
Attack of The Clones - He spoke to me, I might be biased because I totally agree with the concept. But the song is okay, the beat not so good and lyrics kinda jump around the concept tho, he could’ve wen’t more in-depth about clones, thieves of the swag. 6 of 10