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Willie the Kid, The Cure

Willie the Kid
The Cure

Beats: L
Lyrics: L
Originality: L

Willie the Kid has done a lot since releasing his first mixtape, The Day The Game Changed, in 2006. The DJ Drama protégé has appeared on both of his mentor’s solo albums, dozens of Gangsta Grillz mixtapes, and his own 2008 EP, Absolute Greatness. Still, the newcomer has yet to achieve much solo success. On his latest effort, The Cure, the Grand Rapids, MI rapper doesn’t deliver anything that’ll truly change the game—but he does prove that, as he prepares his forthcoming debut, The Crown Prince, there’s a place for him in it.

At just over 30 minutes, The Cure doesn’t feature any tracks over three minutes long. Most of the songs don’t sound finished, either. But Willie manages to make the most of his time. On “Do Ya Dance Girl,” he raps from the perspective of a stripper and squeezes an entire story into a one-minute window. On “Yes! Michigan,” he shouts out J Dilla and Proof as he reps “The D,” borrowing the beat from Drake’s “Fear.” In a quest to discover what the game’s been missing, he also studies past rap greats on “The Atrium.” He even tackles “Champagne Flow” by adopting a Ghostface-esque delivery that shows off his versatility on the mic.

Due to the time constraints, though, most of the concepts never fully mature to much more than mixtape fodder. The introspective “Quiet Man” sounds promising but ends up being too brief to reach it full promise. Still, there’s enough on The Cure to recognize Willie’s potential. The small doses show that he has what it takes to succeed, but still a few bars away from truly being the crown prince. —Chris Yuscavage

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  • that nigga

    It was a teaser you moron!

  • mav

    i fux wit hegot some deep bars Gunru in the buildin….we comin

  • Allen York

    Bad review… great mixtape..

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=72636 knc

    this mixtape goes hard “good without the money” is a banger for sure willie hard as hell fareal hes one of the new talents i can fux with

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  • Anonymous

    This nigga cant rep the D cause he not from the D and dnt nobody from Detroit fuck wit him.

    • face

      you couldn’t have went to school with him. He from Grand Rapids not detroit. He went to Ottawa Hills High School not JGHS. DETROIT SNITCHES ALWAYS TRYING TO CLAIM SOMEBODY FROM THAT SORRY AS CITY. EVERY TIME YALL LEAVE YALL GET KILLED. THE NIGGA STAYED RAPPIN HE HAD STYLE. IT WAS BETWEEN HIM AND THIS NIGGA DAVID LOVE WHO WAS THE BEST IN THE WHOLE SCHOOL.

  • Anonymous

    exactly… i went to skool wit that lil nigga and he was scared to rap wit us in the lunchroom!!!! LOL 313 all day!!! 313 NASA mixtape coming….

  • NASA_313

    yea he cant i went to high skool wit that lil nigga at JGHS….. he wouldn even rap with us in the lunchroom!!!! lol but he made it tho dont see how but he did 313 all day! 313 NASA mixtape coming…

  • rick t.

    He flows better when he is wit La da darkman GANGSTA GRILLZZZ!!!

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    I FUCK WITH WILLIE ANUMNUS STAY ON YOUR SIDE OF BASELINE LOL

  • Anonymous

    He went to City High not OHHS

  • Baran

    nah man, his lyrics deserve XXXXXXXXXXXXL, damm some ppl need to pay attention X(

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