measured by Taylor Gibson
No artist with mainstream credibility discharges music more rapidly than Gucci Mane, which seems to be directly related to the struggles of Trap God 2. The previous installment was released on October 17, 2012, and this one followed quickly on its heels. Gucci has aired quotes claiming to release 10 projects this year, and based from the lackadaisical efforts of Trap God 2, this might not be a good thing.
High points are few and far between. It appears that Gucci Mane dug through a vault of pre-recorded songs and flung them together. The music isn’t necessarily bad, but there’s nothing special about these throw away tracks. Apart from bass lines, the majority songs aren’t compelling, and probably won’t be revisited after initial play.
As expected, Gucci has tales of “When I Was Water Whippin,” “Servin,” and “Pistol(s) in the Party.”
“Squad Car” might be the best song on the project. An introductory skit sets the scene for Gucci to relay the dangers of zone 6; and an emphatic feature from Big Bank Black adds urgency as he depicts what might ensue to elude the police. Most people have a natural distaste for the long arm of the law, and this song uses that identification tool as its key strength.
“Nuthin On Ya” is one of the few songs that might slip onto someone’s playlist. Gucci enlists the assistance of producer C4 and a catered verse from Wiz Khalifa. The song’s easygoing beat isn’t synonymous with the stylistic trap sound, but a semi-sung hook from Gucci Mane is sure to have listeners bobbing their head.
The features on this mixtape are abysmal. Having Waka Flocka as one of your best performing features can’t be a good indication. Verse Simmonds prevents “You Gon Love Me” from gaining momentum; Lil Wayne goes one for two, striking out on “Bullet Wound,” but recovers on “Runnin Circles;” and Young Thug constantly mispronounces words to fit the rhyme scheme of “Miracle,” while having the to audacity to close his verse saying “it’s a muthaf*ckin miracle, I’m lyrical.” How ironic.
Nevertheless, Guccci does continue displaying an array of flows. He chops his flow on “Runnin Cirlces,” which adds a bounce to the beat; he varies that same style on “Fly Shit;” and his inflection and stretching words on “Rich Muthaf*cka” works well for his intended purpose.
“Yo boyfriend broke, he can’t even buy a pair of Jooooordans/ I’m ballin so hard I might buy a pair of poooooorsches.”
Unlike the original Trap God installment, Gucci loads this opus with sounds of the trap, but that may be the only overall strength Trap God 2 displays. The majority of songs were weak and don’t warrant discussion. Unless you’re an absolute supporter of Gucci’s movement, this sub-mediocre project is something that can be overlooked.
Favorite songs: Rich Muthaf*cka, Squad Car, Runnin Circles
Lease favorite songs: You Gon Love me, Miracle, ScholarGucci Mane - Trap God 2,