“ Genre: World Music - Cuban & Latin / Artist: Lil Cuete / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2007-08-14 at East Side „
"Mix Tape" was a 2007 release from Lil' Cuete, an underground Chicano rapper out of Northwalk in South Central LA. He never really made that much of an impact to the mainstream and only really worked with other names such as Mr. Capone-E and Mr. Criminal who found fame through rather unmemorable collaborations with more famous West coast rap acts. This came as a compilation of his works from 2003, up to this point.
1. "LA's Most Wanted" (Intro)
2. "Trace You In Chalk"
Getting a little help from some fellow undergrounders (who need not be mentioned) this one has him getting off to an extremely poor start, in which you see that he comes with a terrible track, in which he drops some weak rhymes on some of the lowest-quality production which you are likely to come across from a professional release.
3. "Never Run"
You get things progressing quite a bit here as you find that on this one you get one which sounds much more like the type of thing you expect from Latino Rap out on the West Coast with the beats and rhymes both geared towards this sort of style, but the quality doesn't really take much of a lift with it, so it doesn't really matter.
4. "Rainy Days"
You see him getting into the expectedly annoying material here as he chooses to get into some much colder rhymes in which he talks of how the bad time sin the relationship with his girl have effected his mood and brought him right down, and I really can't see who would want to actually listen to it for any reason.
5. "Wait A Minute Homie"
On this one you get him driving the thing with a rapid flow which has him coming relentlessly with some rapid-fire flows which take you by surprise and force you to take notice as he comes at it hard with his distinctive style, but what is said has no real substance and the wack beats don't help it at all.
6. "Roll With Me"
The funky material comes through here too as you see that h goes on, off a fly sample, and it means that he s able to get you to connect with him momentarily as he jumps on some fairly decent beats, but the content of his rhymes (which have him trying to mack girls) just isn't worth getting excited about. *
7. "No Jealousy"
Here you get perhaps the biggest featuring artist on any of his works as you see that with this one, he is able to convince Bizzy Bone to come and help him out and give him a boost, but as expected, it did nothing for it, and with one of the weakest Bone Thugs-N-Harmony members, it remains an unmemorable recoding here.
8. "Bullet Holes"
Mr. Knightowl comes to assist him here as he lends his raps to this one too, but personally I don't think that it really did anything for him as he comes with flows which are even worse than what you have from Cuete, and so it makes for one which is bound to put people off more with his jacked style making for very plain Gangsta Rap.
9. "Take Me Away"
This is another pointless one which you get from him, and one which shows his desperation. If you can't rap then you never try out something such as this where he tries out the emotive rhymes about his struggle to support his daughter, and so it doesn't more to show how pathetic a rapper he is.
10. " A Solider Ready For Death"
The beats in this one seem to lift the quality a little bit as you see that we get production on this one which takes you back a little with it's G-Funk synth groove and I felt that this mean that to a degree you were able to excuse the standard of the rhymes for a short while, but it certainly isn't something which can save the album.
11. "Real Love"
With a Roger Troutman-esque Voice Box hook, you see that in this one he tries out everything he possibly can in order to impress and pull in listeners, but with the rest of it being so poor, this cheap use of the Voice Box does nothing for it at all as he des more of his wack love raps which can't possibly excite anyone.
12. "Runnin' Out Of Time"
With this one you see that Cuete twists the direction of the music once again, showing how weak his choices are as he doesn't give you any sort of chance to actually get into the sort of material which he tries to put upon you where he takes you from one emotion to another in an instant. Rather than allowing it to be explored-fully or developed to any extent.
13. "Baby Girl"
Here you get him on some improved beats, but with him using these to prop him up as he gets into more of the general love raps again, it really isn't able to assist in actually impressing anyone to any degree. The rhymes are predictable and do nothing for the fly West Coast two-stepping joint which you have backing him.
14. "We Got Gunz"
This one has a pounding beat to it which livens him up as he gets to his rhymes and it appears to motivate him to come up with much more impressive flows to accompany the fly production which is clearly a long distance from what else the Hip Hop world was producing in '07, but still gets you swaying along.
15. "I Can't Believe"
Coming off a relatively strong one on the album, you see that here as the beats take a turn towards the less impressive side with its blatant, weak attempts to take on popular trends of its time; it just flows and exposes all of the weaknesses in the rapper and his music in general. It gets him turning towards the darker rhymes and failing to actually engage with the listeners (making it laughable).
16. "I'm The Baddest" (Lude)
16. "You And Me"
The title of this one seems to give you a strong idea of where exactly he will take things here, and as ever, he doesn't attempt to really bring any surprises by getting into one where he pays attention to his girl and doe son where he raps in what sounds to be a soppy manner, but it really flops resultantly (and expectedly).
17. "Don't Want None"
In his final effort, you see that with this one you see that he tries out something new here as he goes on beats which are completely unlike anything else which you get on the album where he jumps on some club beats, which initially sound quite alright, but it hits you soon after that this isn't the case with it taking on a very outdated style and the least intimidating Gangsta Rap lyrics you will find anywhere.
18. "Streets Of LA" (Outro)
It's not that this album isn't too my tastes, it's that the album is just plain terrible. It is wack in every way, and I can't see how he managed to gain any sort of attention. He will never break the mainstream as he has no skills and with beats such as what you get from this 'greatest hits' collection, you aren't lively to ever see him bumping anywhere, any time soon.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Intro/LA's Most Wanted - Lil Cuete, Mr. Capone-E, Mr. Criminal, ,
2 Trace You in Chalk - Lil Cuete, Seldom Seen
3 Never Run - Lil Cuete, Seldom Seen
4 Rainy Days - Kozme, Lil Cuete
5 Wait a Minute Homie - Lil Cuete
6 Roll with Me - Troy Cash, Lil Cuete
7 No Jealousy - Bizzy Bone, Lil Cuete
8 Bullet Holes - Lil Cuete, Mr. Knightowl,
9 Take Me Away - Fingazz, Lil Cuete
10 Soldier Ready for Death - Lil Cuete
11 Real Love - Fingazz, Lil Cuete, Angel Rodr?guez
12 Runnin' out of Time - Fingazz, Lil Cuete, Mr. Knightowl,
13 Baby Girl - Lil Cuete
14 We Got Guns - Lil Cuete
15 I Can't Believe - Lil Cuete
16 I'm the Baddest - Lil Cuete
17 You and Me - Lil Cuete
18 Don't Want None - Lil Cuete, Mr. Shadow
19 Streets of LA - Lil Cuete