Friday, May 08, 2009
Review: Mac Lethal's Love Potion 5
Mac Lethal- "Undertow" (Lala stream)
"Undertow" video at YouTube
Mac Lethal can be a real jerk. And I can relate.
Brimming with anxiety and overflowing with internal contradictions, the rapper is a lot like the guy I see when I look in the mirror.
That's why the most important comment Mac makes on his new mixtape Love Potion 5 is a much more than a mere throwaway line.
"This is just a demo... the key is don't put a lot into each song," Mac notes. "That way you never get frustrated 'cause when you get frustrated you quit."
Man, does that ever sound familiar!
Relaxed and freed of inhibitions, Mac includes some of the most compelling music of his career on Love Potion 5. He is positively apoplectic on "Drunk Flow III (Painkillers+Beer)." "Stir Crazy" and "Heart Uvva Pig (Map of Love)" are also hilarious.
"El Camino," a clever reworking of "A Milli," includes a reference to local Chinese restaurant chain Bo Ling's. It's only appropriate. Imagine Lil Wayne as a Johnson County condo dweller.
It's not all good. No one wants to hear Mac whine about Asher Roth. And what's with the misogyny and homophobia? Cut it out, man. You're better than that.
Mac bashes users of the social media site on "At Least There's Twitter." In fact, he hates the service so much that he's only posted 344 times since he joined six weeks ago.
What a jerk.
(Don't worry, brother. You know I still love you.)
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