Don’t Sleep: Necessary Notables
Headliner: Chevy Woods featuring Wiz Khalifa
Mixtape: The Cookout
Key Cameo: “Aunts N Uncles” featuring Wiz Khalifa
Real Spit: Chevy Woods has an unexplainable hunger, so on his The Cookout mixtape , Taylor Gang’s next-up serves up healthy portions of well-prepared tracks. Though Chevy is flanked by Wiz Khalifa on the tape, the Taylor general makes it clear that he is focusing on pushing Woods out as the crew’s next star.
“Now it’s his time,” Wiz told Mixtape Daily from the Black carpet for the taping of BET’s October 11 Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. “I really want to introduce people to him, so I was like, I’m gonna fall back, do a little bit, but really let him get his shine on.”
And shine he does. Wiz, who uses the alias Cap on The Cookout, does appear on eight of the tape’s 11 tracks, but it’s Chevy who steers his ship. For “Downfall,” Chev sets the tone on the breezy, horn-laced track. From his opening bars it is clear that the street-bred Woods is quite different from Khalifa, who has made his bones off of fun-loving party anthems. “I used to spread the white for the bread like mayo/ All mine, nobody had a say-so,” Chevy spits of his hustling past.
Woods has been floored by the tape’s response since it was released at the end of September. “Overwhelming, it was crazy,” he said. “Everybody was showing me love. I appreciate it; that’s what I’m looking for.”
On the Big Jerm-produced “Napkins,” the Pittsburgh MC lays a melodic hook dedicated to smoking weed and driving with the top down. Then on “Aunts N Uncles” things get even more laid-back. Chevy sings an off-key hook that perfectly matches the beat’s vibe. “I know I did some things that’s wrong, but still you gotsta love me,” he croons, before Wiz marches in to lay his bars.
This latest Chevy tape is much different from his harder-edged March 2011 release, Red Cup Music. This time out Chev shows another side. Absent are menacing bangers like “Straight Ballin’ ” and the kinetic late-night party anthem “Jimmy Fallon.” Instead CW keeps a consistently smooth vibe on tracks like “Cassette” and the sing-songy “Head Over Hills.”
Sounds perfect for a cookout. “That’s where I’m trying to take you: to my backyard with my mom on the grill and my homeys around,” Chevy said of the tape back in July. “I just want them to hear where I come from.”
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