Dizzy Wright - State Of Mind (EP)

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Despite flashes of the creativity that powered his earlier projects, Dizzy Wright's "State of Mind" is plagued by subpar production and a lack of identity.

No rapper has ever escaped the clutches of Sin City; it is a sand trap for Rap perhaps because of its larger-than-life ostentatiousness—which may be too grandiose of a backdrop—even for Rap) or maybe even its notorious Rap history (Vegas’ most iconic Rap moment is also one of the genre’s most melancholy: Tupac Shakur’s murder). In spite of that, Dizzy Wright has managed to carve out a lane for himself in the Internet age, and his exceptional Golden Age mixtape set the stage for what seemed to be a remarkable second act. With the State of Mind EP, however, Dizzy’s momentum grinds to a screeching halt, marred by lackluster narration and empty, noncommittal production that finds him grasping at straws. State of Mind is a monumental step in the wrong direction mostly because it doesn’t aspire to meet the same lofty standard set by his previous region-transcending work. It is relatively flat.

Dizzy Wright’s State of Mind EP, a seven-track offering clocking in at just under 30-minutes, feels uninspired and amateurish almost from the jump. Whereas Golden Age was carefully arranged and highly polished, with Dizzy pulling out all the stops to impress—enlisting the likes of Joey Bada$$, Logic, Kid Ink, and even Wyclef Jean for good measure—his first offering of the year feels forced and often under mixed.

“Success is a state of mind, and in due time you gon’ hear my best work,” Dizzy raps in the opening seconds, but it’s hard to receive the message when his adlibs punch in harder and louder than his verse, distractingly so. “Everywhere I Go” and “Reunite for the Night” are completely forgettable. “New Generation” aspires to be a raucous club anthem, but it lacks the savior-faire; it has the energy of a prospective pledge trying to impress his brothers at a frat party. There is nothing here to suggest the best is yet to come, and in his position Dizzy can’t afford to lose the attention of the public, even for a second.

Perhaps more than anything, Dizzy Wright’s State of Mind EP suffers from a dramatic lack of identity. Despite flashes of the unique ability and personality that powered his previous projects, too many moments here are generic and off-brand. On every hook he drones in a monotone patching together countless traditional Rap platitudes that would be right at home on any Wiz Khalifa mixtape. The production is mostly sparse and chimey to the point of being almost completely disinteresting (See: “Calm Down” for reference). It lays bare under his mild-mannered timbre without affect. When Dizzy raps, he raps in bursts of syllables before punching hard on the final word of a line or stanza, and it is impactful when effective. However, in clusters it can bore, and a startling shortage of interesting subject matter forces him to rap his way out of corners with little success; he doesn’t possess the lyrical acumen or the inflection necessary to rap simply for Rap’s sake. There is very little that captivates and invites repeated listening.

Everything feels very bogged down by inconsistency and the sum of State of Mind’s parts is rather mundane. “Reunite for the Night” explores semi-conscious themes, but it bores due to a lack of depth; Dizzy doesn’t explore any one idea with any real measure of profundity or lucidity. This is a common motif. On “Nuttin Bout Me,” Dizzy reiterates that we don’t know anything about him, and therein lies the problem: the State of Mind EP doesn’t elaborate on much of anything, and it certainly doesn’t provide us with context about the Vegas rapper. “My city dependent on me,” he raps explicitly but it isn’t implied in the quality of the EP; he never raps like an MC carrying the heavy burden of fostering support for his entire region. One of the few bright spot is the Rockie Fresh-featured “Too Real For This,” which layers what sounds like a fascinating, synthy harp progression with bluesy bass and staccato but active drum programming, and it feels like a blossoming moment of sonic growth among weeds. The duo tag-teams effectively, but it simply isn’t enough to save State of Mind from what is an otherwise flaccid performance.

If Dizzy Wright hopes to claw his way out of the seemingly cursed Nevada Bad Lands, he is going to have to be flawless. He possesses the talent to be a successful maneuverer on the indie Rap circuit; he must simply identify his niche and stick to it. To do that, though, he can’t have lapses like this one. The public’s attention span is just too short for that.

35 Comments

  • Kurt

    great album by dizzy funk volume doin big this year !

  • ashantai

    this is a great album

  • Anonymous

    ima need you to calm down and relax a little

  • Anonymous

    some of these songs are really good, hhdx is trippin

  • J dirty

    If HHDX dont like it....Then u know it must be good

  • Richp

    Respect him for trying.

  • Anonymous

    Worst thing he ever did was sign to funk volume, same with Jarren Benton. That label is a joke, they wont come out of pocket for a decent production budget and most their shit doesn't even get carried in stores. Dizzy has potential but he should sign to a label that could actually afford to give him something better then these shitty soundcloud beats.

    • Anonymous

      Yea the biggest issue with their label is their production the marketing isnt terrible for an independent label

    • Jason

      Dizzy Wright just turned down a record deal with DEF JAM, he says this in a interview: http://myfunkvolume.com/dizzy-talks-turning-def-jam-best-hard-knock-tv/

    • Anonymous

      at least funk volume have openly said that artists are free to leave whenever they want. i think dizzy will sign to a major at some point.

  • Anonymous

    dat rockie fresh feature doe

  • Anonymous

    Dizzy has the potential man

  • nick

    I think its his best so far

  • georgel

    The lyrics are average at best and production is below average. Funk volume will be forgotten in a few years. if hopsin stopped being corny as shit and got some real production from a real producer he would probably sell something. hopsin has always emulated eminems style and one of the lines in eminems rao god reminds of something hopsin would do when it says "i dont know what words to use, let me know when it occurs to you" or something alone those lines eminem says and it sounds just like how hopsin copies em in one way. but eminem is a rap god and is respected by most rappers and hopsin is corny copy cat with lyrics half of what eminem can come up with.

    • Anonymous

      hopsin really needs to stop producing every song on his albums he really isnt that good funk volume will be an end soon they had potential but its being wasted.

  • Shaaaady Aftermath

    fuck funk volume

  • lol

    dizzy the only one of those funk volume niggas that isnt corny as fuck, but this shit wasnt that great.

    • Anonymous

      hip-hop is very much alive but it has nothing to do with hopsin

    • lol

      lol Shady Records, Strange Music, Funk Volume fans are always the same. All of those rappers are irrelevant underground bitter ass faggots that do nothing but hate. Fuck em all. I got respect for Tech but I dont consider myself a fan. All those rappers that talk about "#REALHIPHOP IM BRINGING REAL HIP HOP BACK!! #90s4Life!!" are so damn corny. If I wanted to listen to 90s rap I'd listen to some Nas or Wu etc. By the way, Freddie Gibbs takes a steaming shit all over any of the rappers on those 3 labels.

    • Julez58

      I like freddie gibbs but compared to hopsin he sucks imo because he completely lacks of a positive message and socially critical lyrics. Thats why i dont understand why everybody is hyping him to the fullest and hate on fv, bitch.

    • JRich

      ^You could have picked any rapper to talk shit about...and you pick Freddie Gibbs? Lmao, I'll admit I'm a pretty big Hopsin/Funk Volume fan, but it's ignorant fools like you that make FV look wack. Same with Strange Music. Two labels that make awesome music, but have dumbfucks like you representing their fan bases.

    • Julez58

      Hahaha i bet you guys the little whiny bitches who cry about how hiphop is dead and shit.. Cmon guys hopsin is one of the best out there u mofuckas dont appreciate good lyrics and some real message man, go one pushing guys like freddie gibbs to the fullest even tho he aint got shit on hop

    • lol

      Yep and thats another thing about Funk Volume, all of their fans act like huge faggots. It's alot worse than those OF fans that think they're hardcore or the post-Carter 3 Lil Wayne stans.

    • Anonymous

      "real hip hop" god you sound like a pretentious douchebag

    • georgel

      No funk volume is kind of corny. at first i thought hopsin was the next eminem but after hearing him and his new album hes corny and i am ashamed i ever put him anywhere near eminems level. If he was so good too he would have got more popular by now, production on their songs sucks. hopsin is better than many of these rappers but still i havent touched his newest album since downloading it. funk volume makes mediocre music at best

    • Julez58

      You call real hip hop corny ? thats crazy bro

  • JRich

    I agree not his best...but 2.5 stars is dookie quality, and it was not bad at all.

  • Cameron

    good tape, just not the usual dizzy..

  • IHateMorgy

    Good rapper but has no sound to his music on this

  • Anonymous

    Solid effort. 3.5/5