Mixtape Review: G.O.O.D. Ass Mixtape

Download: Kanye West and Perajok Present: G.O.O.D. Ass Mixtape

G.O.O.D. Ass Mixtape is a sprawling 30-track collection that was put together by Russian blogger/Kanye fan/ MTV Russia Host, Perajok. This unofficial mixtape includes music from all G.O.O.D. Music members and is a compilation of recent leaks and releases from the G.O.O.D. fam.

G.O.O.D. Ass Mixtape succeeds in exposing less experienced G.O.O.D. Music fans to the other members of this group and some of their recent work. Although the latest releases from Kanye (“See Me Now”), Big Sean (“Bullshittin’”) and Kid Cudi (“Mr. Rager”) are compiled on the G.O.O.D. Ass Mixtape, the best cuts are from the artists that aren’t featured on blogs daily.  Falling under this category are GLC, Tony Williams, Really Doe, CyHi Da Prynce (the newest G.O.O.D. member) and potential signee Pusha T. Chicago native GLC, known by most for his features on The College Dropout, has two real good songs featured on this mixtape, “Get Me Gone” and “In It For Keeps.” Both tracks feature his leisurely flow as well as piano-based production, and pique interest in his previous work. He is also featured on the Really Doe track “Chicago” which has a chipmunk-voiced soul music sample that’s reminiscent of Kanye West’s old production work, and still works well for Doe and GLC.  The Mr Hudson and Caspa song “Love Never Dies” is also a standout feature on G.O.O.D. Ass Music. Their collaboration CD is disappointingly only to be released across the pond, but the single “Love Never Dies” has luckily made its rounds on the internet and is now at home on this mixtape. “Love Never Dies” is an electo-infused R&B song, similar to those found on Mr Hudson’s Straight No Chaser, and is yet another track that makes this mixtape well worth your hard-drive space.

The weakest points of the G.O.O.D. Ass Mixtape come when Taz Arnold or Fonzworth Bently are on a track. I have never enjoyed Bently’s pseudo rap/singing, and his two tracks “G.O.O.D. Bye Love,” and “Fireside Chat” don’t do anything to change my opinion. Taz Arnold also fails to better his musical name on this mixtape with his one track, “ South$ide Blood Cuz’n;” which is actually hard to listen to.

Perajok’s G.O.O.D. Ass Mixtape lacks new material but serves as a good introduction to some of the lesser-known artists in Kanye’s camp, as well as an appetizer to wet the appetites of everyone awaiting this falls upcoming G.O.O.D. Music releases.