Hip Hop Album Reviews (12/2016)

Zevil

ZEVIL

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An album by Zindie Huston

Review presented by Warren Peace

Listen to “Zevil” by Zindie Huston

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THE INTRO

Over the past few months I have been in contact with individuals that are more involved in the business side of things when it comes to the music industry. One woman in particular, with whom I have become fairly acquainted, is into artist management and has read the work we do here at The Write Reviews. She has expressed her appreciation for the way we conduct our reviews, especially the fact that we are completely honest and unbiased in our breakdowns. As a result, she has contacted several of the artists she works with and has encouraged them to have their work reviewed on the site.

Enter Zindie Huston, the female emcee who recently released an eleven track mixtape titled Zevil. I’m pretty sure this is her first project, which includes a couple of featured artists in the mix. I’m ready to find out what she has to offer with Zevil: The Mixtape.


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THE ALBUM

1- Intro

The sound of a piano opens up the mixtape and smoothly transitions into a banging beat that will easily get people to move to the music. Zindie speaks without much clarity in her words, touching on this mixtape being a reflection of the past year of her life but remaining rather vague on the matter. It isn’t long before we move into the first true track of the project.

2- Best Friends feat. PLVTO

“Best Friends” may be the title of the track and the phrase may be mentioned in the hook, but has no real relation to the rest of the content in the song. The hook is kinda catchy, though. I like the Street Fighter sounds incorporated into the music, although they are pretty irrelevant in the grand scheme of things on this track. Zindie has simple rhyme schemes but a timely flow with her words. The content of her verse has nothing to do with the lyrics of the hook. PLVTO has the second verse and delivers his lyrics in quick succession. He attempts a lyrical approach that is mostly aimed at dissing other rappers in general, yet doesn’t come quite as hard with his verse as he would like. His verse also has nothing to do with the hook, and doesn’t really coincide with the scattered rhymes Zindie delivered.

3- Purple Jane

Zindie brings a smoker track with “Purple Jane”, sticking with the topic for most of the song, but losing focus a few times. She quickens her delivery by spitting double time, but most of her lines seem like she is just rhyming for the sake of rhyming. The hook is catchy, but the last line leaves me confused every tine I hear it. How does someone ‘have vapors’? Focused on particular topics and enhancing her writing abilities will push Zindie’s name in hip hop very quickly.

4- Hannah’s Interlude

“Hannah’s Interlude” is a short track where Zindie lines up a load of bars without delivering a hook. In the opening portion of the interlude, Zindie appears to have some direction with her lyrics. Just a short time later, however, she gives me the feeling that she is rhyming for the sake of rhyming again, with basic rhyme schemes. Nearing the halfway mark of the album I am reminded of the “Intro” track, where Zindie says this mixtape is a reflection of the past year of her life, and I find myself wondering exactly what it is she is reflecting on.

5- Alice

It may seem as if I haven’t found anything to be happy about with this mixtape so far, or Zindie’s performance for that matter. On the contrary, Zindie’s beat selection has been pretty solid so far. The female emcee has a very good grasp on timing with her flow. She also has a fairly strong delivery that could use just a few minor tweaks here and there. It’s the content that will need to be focused on and built upon to get Zindie where she wants to be. In the track “Alice”, Zindie has flashes of brilliant writing, which proves she is more than capable of reaching a higher level in this area. Zindie also has more complex rhyme schemes in this track, adding to the amount of potential she has if she remains focused and takes her time when applying herself.

6- Mary Wanna

Another weed song. This time we have a clever and interesting title, which was played off of several times during the course of the track. Zindie kind of tells a story with a delivery consisting of basic rhyme schemes, but the story doesn’t really go anywhere and could leave listeners a little baffled. Also, most of the time Zindie does a pretty damn good job when it comes to the hooks, but this time around the chorus is rather bland.

7- Unlimited feat. Mic Adams

The beat for “Unlimited”is a bit on the slow side, but it gradually latches onto the audience. Zindie is back in her ‘rhyming just to rhyme’ form, as her verse doesn’t really have a message or point to get across to the audience. Mic Adams has a very unique delivery and sound, but he should also work on his content.

8- Perfect Tragedy feat. Bryan Say

Brian Say makes the first of two appearances on Zevil, and he makes his presence known by killing the hook for “Perfect Tragedy”. The instrumental is a perfect fit for the subject matter, or vice versa depending on how you look at it. Zindie doesn’t waver from the topic. The lyrics do feel a little void of emotion, though. She spits with a fast pace on the first verse then slows it down considerably for the second round. “Perfect Tragedy” is the most complete track of the mixtape and it’s easily the most relatable song on the project.

9- Great Example Z-Mix #freegates

The hook for the 9th track of the mixtape is put together very well, and the beat will get people moving to the music with the hype feeling it creates. Zindie talks about feeling lonely and dealing with haters while still relying on basic rhyme schemes. Lines like “sting you like a bee” beg for more creativity.

10-24/7 feat. Bryan Say

In his second appearance, Brian Say shows his ability to be a hook serial killer. This time around Brian also delivers an exceptionally solid verse, speaking about overcoming obstacles and grinding to be successful. Brian Say also proves to rub off on Zindie, pushing her to step it up a notch on each song they have collaborated on together. While Zindie still uses basic rhyme schemes, she stays on topic with the second verse while delivering lyrics at a double-time rate.

11- Time

The hook for “Time” is one of the best to be found on Zevil. Unfortunately, most of Zindie’s lines have no direction, which makes it hard for listeners to connect and relate. Zindie could have had a real gem with “Time” if she would’ve focused more on the content of the verses.


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THE WRITE UP

Most people who listen to this mixtape wouldn’t guess that Zindie is 14 years old. Life experiences and growth will definitely impact her music in a manner that will make it more relatable for listeners and will allow her to put more emotion behind her lyrics. Zindie has a great grasp on her flow but would benefit from adding more complexity to her rhyme schemes, as stated several times during the breakdown. Her content needs to be more focused instead of scattered, and learning how to incorporate more elements of writing (such as wordplay and metaphors) would prove to be very beneficial in the future. The potential is definitely there, but Zevil: The Mixtape isn’t a project that shows much more than that potential.


STAR STATUS

⭐.5

(1.5 out of 5 stars)

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