After recently giving up smoking,Little Vic’s new mixtape,Loosies Collection Part 1 has me craving for a cigarette with its old time Phillip Morris ad campaign intro and the various smoking related interludes . This mixtape has production from Buckwild,Skammadix, DJ Supa Dave,Little Vic himself and many others. Unlike most tapes these days this one is not stacked with features but there is great showings from Mann95,Eddie Nash and CP.
One thing that is instantly noticeable is how this tape flows and that’s probably down to Vic’s beat selection but also to it actually being a properly mixed tape courtesy of DJ Mickey Knox and his skills on the wheels of steel to keep a “collection of loosies” flowing and gelling so well.
As previously mentioned the production really stands out and it is steeped in that 90’s East Coast sound but unlike a lot of production that tries to re-capture that sound and fails,it succeeds here as the beats are very melodic and musical and that’s credit to Little Vic’s ear and even more to the amazing producers on show here and Little Vic handles nearly half the production himself.
Highlights for me were the Sly Vest produced Ash Tray with its,sinister strings and snapping drums Vic spits pure vitriol on this “This ain’t a stick-up fuck heads,don’t get it mixed up,i’m only here so I can buck feds” along with Carlito Brigante impressions make this one of the most memorable cuts on the album.
Apart from the self-produced songs,the ones with Sly Vest are my favourites so hopefully we see more songs from these two in the near future and as Vic says on the Sly Vest produced Gemini “Murdered a beat and buried the session at Jimmy Burkes crib”.
Little Vic captures the blue collar existence of Long Island and New York perfectly with mentions of no-show jobs,Jimmy Burke and daily struggles.
This tape has to be an instant download with the right mixture of grimey bangers like Ash Tray and Gemini and uplifting anthems like Go So Far and Crockpot so keep an eye out for more from Little Vic on the rapping and production side of things aswell.