After seeing John Paul's controversial "Freshmen Class Bully" article in the March Freshmen Class 2012 XXL Magazine, I was like damn, "that’s some gangsta shit, I'm going to have to go check this cat's music out " (good marketing on John Paul's part) but now to the music. John Paul's Mixtape "Now or
Never" is a decent listen with only 11 tracks; I actually enjoyed 8 of them.
The Best song on The Mixtape is "Marijuana "ft GOLDRU$H, it has an incredible Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg West Coast banger sound to it. GOLDRU$H is perfect for the hook & the production is excellent! John Paul displays some clever punch lines on this track dedicated to getting high off that super Cali. Lines like "me without weed that aint gone happen, that’s like AZ wit a CD going platinum" are sure to keep listeners wanting to hear more. I severely suggest John Paul take a flight out to the west coast & shoot a video for this song with the 64 Impalas, beautiful girls, vatos, & of course should make a stop by Buds & Roses Collective Dispensary for some dope footage of that "Marijuana"
My 2nd fav song on the Mixtape is "Beatin Down The Block," it's a perfect summer time riding song, especially for all those hustla's riding 20' and ups, with the bangin' systems, pissing off neighbors when you ridin down the block. The hook is simple but effective, one listen & you’ll be repeating it over & over. I can hear this song being played @ sporting events & house parties everywhere. Perfect track for the car.
You Cant be from Florida & not have a song for the drug dealers & killers, well John Paul brings that gutter street shit on the "Dope Boys" The beat is hard, it's some shit I can see Rick Ross talking bout bricks on.
The thing I do like bout John Paul is that he really tells his story, on "City life' featuring the impeccable GOLDRU$H on the hook. It makes people to have something to relate to instead of that "Rap on Radio" the mainstream force feeds down people's throat.
"I Want You" has potential to be a big hit (radio smash) or at least a dance club favorite for the ladies. It’s natural that John Paul being from
that this song sounds like a mix of Flo Rida & that 90's Florida, bass boomin' booty shaking music. The chorus really shines; it’s repetitive & catchy like Akon & T-Pain wrote it. A video with a bunch a girls shaking they ass, is needed for this bangin track. Miami
John ends the Mixtape with a song called "Problems," I like the song but it’s just another cliché song bout a rapper talking bout the problems he has in life. as humans we go through many problems, so this song I would skip, but this might actually be one of John Paul’s strongest songs & people may love it just because he does keep it super real.
"Now or Neva" Vol 1, is the title of this project, but after hearing & seeing the moves that John Paul is making, seems like "Now or Never" is his life's motto!
So, If you neva heard of John Paul, the time is Now, Because Now You Do ! !
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