Album Review: First impressions of Mike WiLL Made-it’s Ransom 2

Mike WiLL Made-it delivers a huge gem to the rap game with Ransom 2. Top artists like Migos, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, and many others are featured in this project.

Mike WiLL produced a masterpiece filled with amazing instrumentals and high quality verses from artists like Gucci Mane, Chief Keef, and Big Sean in Ransom, his second studio album released in late 2014. The best and most popular songs from that project were “Buy the World” featuring Future, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Wayne, and “Intro” featuring Big Sean.

On Ransom 2, Mike WiLL brought out more recent prospects of the rap game like Young Thug, Lil Yachty, YG, and Migos. The high-level of their performance makes it so that their verses were the highlights of the album.

Another aspect that stood out to were the instrumentals that Mike WiLL put together. With the exception of Lil Wayne (whose verses failed to match the vibe of the album), all the other features had superb bars that synced seamlessly with the upbeat tempo of the Ransom 2.

“Gucci on My,” featuring top notch artists like YG, 21 Savage, and Migos, was a banger. The production, noticeably made for clubs, was great. On the flipside, the lyrics were average.

Gucci on my shirt, Gucci on my hoes, nigga
Rollie bust down, drippin’ on my clothes, nigga
Gucci on my shirt, Gucci on my hoes, nigga
Rollie bust down, drippin’ on my clothes, nigga

“Perfect Pint” featuring Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd felt a bit out of place in the album in comparison to the other tracks. However, it was nice to see Mike WiLL tackle a different type of beat that resembled cloud rap as opposed to trap. The hook by Swae Lee failed to live up to expectations all his vocals were way too high-pitched and low-paced. Kendrick, or “Kung Fu Kenny” as he refers to himself on the track, did not disappoint the listeners with stunning bars.

Everybody a Crip ’til they black and blue
Everybody a Blood ’til they hemorrhaging

Ransom 2 also featured a great track called “Burnin'” with upcoming female rapper Andrea. She murdered her verses and displayed utmost talent in her rapping. It’d be fair to conclude we’ll see her again soon in other projects considering her amazing performance on that track.

On “Y’all Ain’t Ready,” Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz gave the listeners a scare with extremely wack verses and a weak flow. Even though his vocals matched the beat well, his presence on the track was lackluster since he failed to deliver good bars.

This is a different dimension
Whatever I want get attention
My partner stay with the pistols
Them pistols stay with extensions

Collaborating with Mike WiLL once again since Ransom, trap and drill rapper Chief Keef appeared with Rae Sremmurd in “Come Down.” The result was a disaster. Keef had a horrible hook to kick off the track with odd-sounding vocals that were very different from his usual style and uninteresting lyrics about his “Glock 40.”

I flaunt it, I bought it
I talk it, I walk it
Only thing I worship is the lord and this .40
Please, do not confront me if you ain’t talking money

The project was wrapped up with “Nothing is Promised,” a pre-released song featuring Rihanna, who had recorded her verse right after releasing her award-winning album Anti.

Overall, Ransom 2  was filled with exhilarating beats and superb features that displayed their rapping abilities very well. Kendrick Lamar specifically, an unexpected feature in the project, delivered stunning bars to the fans and fit very well within Mike WiLL’s instrumentals.

Ranging from bad verses by good features to crazy instrumentals with astonishing verses, Ransom 2  had many ups and downs, but Mike WiLL certainly delivered an amazing project for the listeners in the end.

He released some of the tracks on his YouTube channel and SoundCloud account  but you can listen to the full album on Spotify and Apple MusicYou can stay updated with Mike WiLL Made-it’s work by following him on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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