Crooked I - Psalm 82:v6 (Mixtape Review)

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Raw and rugged, "Psalm 82:v6" displays what makes Crooked I such a revered emcee, as well as reveals what he needs to work on a from a solo standpoint.

While Crooked I readies the much-anticipated release with his celebrated super group Slaughterhouse in Welcome to: Our House, the Long Beach wordsmith drops off a project that caters more to his West Coast constituency. Raw and rugged, Psalm 82:v6 displays what makes Crooked I such a revered emcee, as well as reveals what he needs to work on a from a solo standpoint.

Few would dispute Crooked’s reputation in the streets, and records like “G.A.N.G. Up (Grind And Never Give Up)” and “G’s Us” serve as a reminder that he’s an individual that certainly walks the walk. On the latter track, Crooked I recruits New York emcee Roc Marciano for a fierce performance that will make you think twice when stepping to him (“I will end your world in 2012, don’t get the Mayans twisted”). Then, revisiting the “Hammer Dance” motif with “Nikki,” Crooked I turns to slightly erotic metaphors to express his passion for the stainless steel in his pocket. Over a stripped down yet effective beat, he raps, “Nikki take the control / She be coming when I play with her click click / Strip you naked for sure / Then she blow you, black hole you.” Taking a more Southern route with the production (think Devin The Dude), “F*ck U Pay Me” smoothly rides out as Crooked and Twista switch their attention to stacking paper. The laid back cut has all the makings of a Summer jam for the whip, aside from the questionable line from K-Young on the hook (“Bitch my dick is better than your pussy”).

While the first half of Psalm82:v6 is ripe with quality, the middle part of the mixtape doesn’t fare as well. Amateurish in execution, “Let The Beat” features a second-rate backdrop with Crooked I attempting to make a proverbial club banger. Compromising his lyricism in process, the record struggles to gain any momentum (“Lil momma introduce me to your sushi plate / We should go on an X-rated movie date”). “Real Niggaz” seeks to filter out the games phonies, and Crooked I makes a convincing argument on his side. However, a pestering sermon throughout the track from Rick Ross (yes, the real one) falls on deaf ears. (Sidebar: when did shouting out your website become hood?). Though the beat is menacing, “Roll Call 2” feels like a posse cut collage of weed carrying rappers. The worst of Psalm 82:v6 comes on “Rachet Heauxs,” where Crooked I venomously denounces women who are blinded by money, and at one point threatens to kill one if he ever sees her. In line with the track’s theme, that’s pretty rachet of him.

Ultimately, with the help of a skip button, one can find their favorite records on Psalm 82:v6 without worrying about the inept performances that diminish the mixtape. With that said, the bigger disappointment here is that despite his years of service, Crooked I has yet to prove he’s a force to be reckoned with on the solo tip. Commercial success with Slaughterhouse can certainly cover up this flaw, but here’s to hoping the head honcho of C.O.B. can live up to his potential.

DX Consensus: “Just a Mixtape”

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46 Comments

  • Anonymous

    this tape is dope. too many features but still ill songs good summer jam

  • Jay

    I think its dope as hell....He murdered shit on here and I aint even a fan of Crooked I's solo music...just his freestyles and features

  • Swoop G

    Massive disappointment.

  • 1017 D-TOWN

    DNT FUCK WIT ANY LAUGHTERHOUSE LAMES THOSE FAGGETS COULDNT EVEN SELL 1000 RECORDS

  • czr24

    5/5 for the album fuck the hate CROOKED I ONE OF THE BEST

  • Anonymous

    damn. all the comments on here make me feel insane. yall arent listening. "the beats are whack." "the production isnt good""he is one dimensional". ALL HOOD NIGGAS ARE ONE DIMENSIONAL. All they know is struggle, and thats what there gonna talk about. He didnt make this shit for you hoes to go to the club and dance. You could cut out the beats, cut out the production, give Crook a mic and pro tools and I would've said this is sick. the last 6-7 tracks on this are insane with what hes saying. Real niggaz is my shit. BBBB is my shit. COB is my shit. I think yall haters need to give it another listen. How could you cut your brothers throat for the love of money Snitching, cops don't even tell on eachother dumbie Can't even holla at them, they want me to pay for they attention Like some strippers, but I throw slugs instead of dollars at 'em

  • indagame

    i thought the mixtape was really tight. Ratchet Heauxs is actually pretty good. better than Nikki in my opinion. Let The Beat isn't that bad either. I like how he provided songs on multiple subjects

  • Anonymous

    Whoever reviewed this mixtape should be fired. Point, blank, period. Dude's Frank Oceaning up the site

  • TeamShoeGangCOB

    @ChrisCan u hella dumb ignorant sorry excuse of a hip hop listener...the horseshoe gang can outrap most everybody in the game. I suggest u take ur head out of ur ass n youtube You Dont Wanna Fuck With Me, Drum Murder, Say You Ill, COB Cypher 2012...then come holla #TeamShoeGang #COB PS HIPHOPDX, FUCK YOU AND THIS BULLSHIT REVIEW *drops mic, NEVER fuckin with hiphopdx again*

  • Anonymous

    FUUQQ YEEZ MY NIKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST GOT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE-DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CREDITT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!mm

  • Anonymous

    This nigga just CAN'T make a decent song to save his life. Despite all his skills, dude's music is just horrible all around.

  • Royce

    This is crack ...Beats aint incredible but crook is one of the best

  • Tom Hansen

    Content: 2.5/5 Guest Spots: 3.5/5 Lyrics: 4/5 MC: 4.5/5 Production: 3/5

  • Katz

    "Though the beat is menacing, Roll Call 2 feels like a posse cut collage of weed carrying rappers." You must be mentally retarded if you just put Locksmith into a "weed carrying rappers" category. Let's just hope you never review another album again.

  • ChrisCan

    there is always shitty songs on his mixtapes because he always has those shatty horsegang guys dragging his music down with dull and generic raps. The truth is that mixtapes will always be second rate material if the artist is smart. Jadakiss always put out ill tapes then he would flop on the official release. The wise rappers give you shit for free, and make you pay for their better material. That being said, crooked would be better off using other rappers beats instead of some of the garbage he put on this.

    • TeamShoeGang

      I shoulda commented here first...but u really dont kno shit...hop onn youtube COB Cypher 2012 enough said

  • firealarm

    at his best this mixtape is sick but there's a lot in between that kinda slows the pace down.

  • Trent

    He could of done better; like others have said I feel like his ability to make a song needs improvement but all of Slaughterhouse suffers from the same thing SOLO wise. I think now that they have access to more people to get refined they should all improve from here. 3.5/5

    • Anonymous

      Nah, Joell, Royce and Budden are Jay, Eminem and Nas solowise compared to this overated fuck named Crooked I. Since when did rhyming everything you can think of make you any good?

  • Jerzee

    Crooked I stay spitting that heat. Not only is he reppin' that west coast he is reppin' Hip Hop to the fulliest

  • Jerzee

    Crooked I stay spitting that heat. Not only is he reppin' that wast coast he is reppin' Hip Hop to the fulliest

  • Jerzee

    Crooked I stay spitting that heat. Not only is reppin' that wast he is reppin' Hip Hop to the fulliest

  • Jon

    4/5. Crooked needs to do more introspective tracks rather than the gun/drug raps. Planet C.O.B. Vol. 1 is still his best solo project. "Let Me Buy U A Drink" and "Gangsta's Cry" are some of his best songs. You got your own segment in the Slaughterhouse videos, let's hear some of those stories in your music!

  • Anonymous

    FUUQQ YEEZ MY NIKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST GOT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE-DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CREDITT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!

  • Anonymous

    best mixtape of the year

    • C.O.B

      the reason he never blew up was cuz of suge knight you fucc

    • Anonymous

      Crook's just a terrible solo artist. Slaughterhouse is the best thing that ever happened to him. There's a reason that he never blew up.

    • Anonymous

      I agree he's not a solo artist , he has dope songs but never a solid album or mixtape , too bad

    • Anonymous

      Honestly it's actually among the worst I've heard. Aside from the odd dope verse it's really boring and badly paced. Crook is not a solo artist.

  • aine

    weak review stand out tracks: 'BBBB' & 'Praise God' Bangers: 'Team COB', '3 the hard way', 'and she don't even know' & 'it feels good as a MF' The reviewer needs to really listen to this mix tape, 'fuck you pay me' is a diss to the industry hence the titel of the track

  • buckeyewu

    I will check this out cause dude has skills. However, i havent liked one of his albums all the way through. There always seems to be skippable material on these Crooked I projects.

  • Anonymous

    he is one dimensional he fell off

  • welcome to: Hip Hop

    If he ever releases an album he really needs to step his game up, just on the crafting songs terms him as an MC always brings it...

  • fyi

    Best mixtape I have heard all year. 4 out 5.

  • Henrik

    This mixtape is dope!!! 4 stars!

  • Big C Style

    I thought this was terribly disappointing. I love Crooked I, but he has nothing in his solo catalog to reflect his abilities.

  • wizz

    1st & this mixtape was crazy 4.5/5