Another day, another review of a mixtape people stopped caring about months ago. My new theory is that any album released since the inception of the site is grounds for review, at least until we catch up a little.
Road to Till the Casket Drops – released last December to tide Clipse fans over until the release of the group’s third LP, Till the Casket Drops – remains relevant for review because the casket still hasn’t dropped. So, as of today, this mixtape is still tiding us over. The good new is it is a pretty darn good mixtape, so if for some reason you didn’t download it last year when it came out, go ahead and do that now.
As with most mixtapes, Road to Till the Casket Drops is as good as the beats it borrows. In this case, they chose well. Going with back-to-back tracks off The Paper Trail was a recipe for success. T.I.‘s album was still all-everything when the mixtape came out and Clipse do it justice rapping over “Swagga Like Us” and “Swing Ya Rag”. Road doesn’t feature an overabundance of guest talent, but a couple tracks do feature Ab-Liva, one of those decent Re-Up Gang emcees who are all over Clipse albums. To Ab-Liva’s credit he outshines both Malice and Pusha T on “Pop Champagne”. One other song worth noting is “Numb it Down”, Clipse take on Lupe Fiasco’s “Dumb it Down”. This is noteworthy because of the immense love shown to the Chicago rapper, who was apparently the first rapper to wear Play Cloths on stage.
Oh yeah….they also talk a lot about Play Cloths.
And that’s about it. That was barely a review, but Road was barely an album and it came out a long time ago. Chalk it up as “favorable” and consider me waiting for the real thing.
Posted by Mike Denslow at Jul 30, 2009 09:50 PM