Short Kidd - “The Mafia” (2012)
(Two Short Kidd posts within a few days of each other, I really should plan this stuff better). Vulcha 101 Freshman Year dropped this weekend and it completely surprised me. It has an array of good songs that kind of confirms my point from the last post on Short Kidd’s development. There’s auto-tune on “Tear It Down.” There are jook songs like “Sipping On One” & “Work It Out” with prominent contributors to the jook scene like Desloc and Krazy K. There are also fruity synth-driven puppy love songs that I don’t get but teenagers tend to like.
But most of all it is a diverse collection of songs that all kind of work in their own way considering they are from a young rapper who is developing his skills. Honestly, the tape isn’t well arranged; the puppy love track awkwardly follows the most hardcore song on the tape, “Twisting Up My Fingers”. But the fact that Short Kidd can offer a fresh take to the overused Lex Luger sound as he does on “Twisting Up My Fingers” is dope. It shows potential and all that but really it just boils down to being dope.
When you listen to “The Mafia” there are hints of creativity in the delivery and originality in themes. This all comes makes sense when one sees that Short Kidd produced (if we’re left to trust the credits on DatPiff mixtape downloads) the two weirdest sounding tracks on the mixtape “Ima Vulcha” and “Tote Dat Fye”. Both of those cause me the frantically spazz-out and be scared at the same time.