Following up from last year’s Trapper’s Alley, Pro’s and Cons: The Quikcrete Mixtape, Motor City’s newest spitter emerges out of the failed economy to give listeners some much needed medicine via his Consigment: Favor For A Favor (The Redi Rock Mixtape).
On the title track and lead single (“Consignment”), Boldy wastes no time getting down to it. The high energy of the track along with the seamless horns form the perfect landscape for James’ vivid reality raps to take shape. The anathematic track “Oil Sheen (Grease Monkeys)” is another great cut with its delivery of larger than life percussion sounds fit for a 30-piece orchestra while playing off of Boldy’s gruff voice.
It isn’t until midway through the mixtape that you get a true glimpse of what makes James a viable artist. Showing his ability to make and execute complete songs like “Lego & Banco” featuring Sir Michael Rocks and “Nautica Yacht Club (N.Y.C.).” However, it’s on the smooth “ The Last Two Days” that you see Boldy’s maturity in the booth.
Among other things, his true creativity lies in his ornate beat selection on songs like “Shooter,” that is anything but typical (think Ninjasonik mixed with the soul of a Yeezy beat), making his antics that much more animated. While it’s the equally weird, yet haunting Sonics of “Snow Blowers” featuring Count (L.E.P. Bogus Boys) that is sure to have trappers throughout the Midwest rocking this ode to hustling.
Despite the dizzying length of the project, it is hard to pick out much in the way of flaws. Overall, Consignment is definitely the making of something substantial for the D-Town MC. With more hard work and the same careful attention to details…the future looks bright for the brand of Boldy James.
–Daren Hill (@umsotall)