It’s no stretch either. Of all the mixtapes released in the Baltimore rap scene so far through the year, La’ Matic has one of the best out. The project borrows a clear inspiration from Juvenile – from the name, the artwork, and even him coming out rapping to “#1 Stunna” on the second track. He pays homage well, with his animated voice arriving right on cue with the Mannie Fresh beat too. Not only does he act as if he would fit right in with the Hot Boyz, he forms his own idea through the 13-track body of work, demonstrating why he deserves to be mentioned in talks when people bring up Mixtape of The Year candidates. He borrows the assistance of Baltimore veterans, Soduh on “Baltimore Playaz Anthem” and “’06 Wop” and Blue Benjamin Beezy on “Homecoming,” and establishes a presence many newcomers can’t on their first project. The production dips from heavy bass to bouncy, uptempo cuts like “I Got Hoes.” What he lacks in polished flows at times he makes up for in delivery, keeping listeners entertained throughout and coming back later because of the replay value. Listen to 90’s Juvie below.
Watch the video for “Boomin” below