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Pill, The Diagnosis

After an impressive major-label debut in May on Maybach Music Group compilation Self Made Vol. 1, Atlanta rapper Pill makes his return to the mixtape circuit to drop The Diagnosis, his first solo project since inking a deal with Rick Ross’s imprint in February. Clearly, linking up with the Bawse has opened some new doors for P-I Double L, as the tape showcases collaborations with Gucci Mane, Cyhi The Prynce, Tech N9ne, Pusha T, and Trae tha Truth, among others.

The 2010 XXL Freshman continues to break the mold of what it means to be a southern “Trap” rapper. Pill surprises on “New Clothes and New Shoes,” which, despite the deceptiveness of the title, ends up being an honest and reflective record detailing the internal pressures that lead the Pink City native to a life of moving weight. On “Send One Down,” Pill trades pensive verses with Trae Tha Truth over light percussion and simple, beautiful strings. Pill takes up the difficult task of not being lyrically outshined by Tech N9ne on “Ya Killin Me,” and the Atlanta emcee proves up to the challenge.

Because of the quality of these original tracks, Pill’s freestyles over hits like “I’m on One” and “Motivation” do dilute the mixtape somewhat. Additionally, some of the club/party tracks don’t do justice to the type of substantive, introspective music it’s clear he’s capable of. Regardless, The Diagnosis is a strong showing for the MMG signee, and now it’s only a matter of time before fans receive The Medicine, his debut album under the label. —NMB

  • http://BackpacksAndTraps.com CJ4Six

    Really? WOW! Y’all gave Sorry 4 The Waut a XL and give this a L. SMH

  • http://xxl 40water619

    ^^ I was thinking the same thing…

  • G3

    fuckin werd up to that

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  • Will Morebucks

    XXL gotta be blind, a nigga actually writes some real shit and he gets a L, meanwhile Lil Wayne’s spittin the same goofy shit at a lower quality and he gets a XL

    • iheartnmb

      cool your jets willy nobucks, if XXL says this man here, Pill, deserves an L, well then HE DESERVES A GOD FORSAKEN L… nuff said. n quit hatin on the internet bruh its 2011 n we off that

  • Jdub1911

    Did you guys actually read the review or better yet can you comprehend it?? He got a XL on lyrics dumba$$es! Had his beats been better he’d would gotten a overall XL rating. BTW, a L for originality is standard for most gangsta rap albums/mixtapes. Pill is nice but I think you guys are more upset about Weezy’s success more so than Pill’s talent or lack of quality to beats based off of the review.

    • http://www.xxlmag.com RAp Lover

      Yeahh but Weezy got the same ratings in beats, lyrics and originality, and STILL got a better rating!!! Pill is 10x betta than Wayne, but in terms of ratings, he should’ve gotten a just as good, if not better rating than Wayne.

  • Jdub1911

    I see your point and I do like Pill as well but to say he’s 10x better than Wayne is just crazy. Just say you don’t like Wayne, which is how the majority of you guys feel. People act like Wayne is spitting Soulja Boy lyrics! Come on son! It’s like the people who say they don’t like LeBron because he’s supposedly arrogant or because of “The Decision.” That has absolutely nothing to do with his game. Imo, if Wayne wasn’t considered one of the best and was a underground artists, he wouldn’t have some many haters.

    • http://www.xxlmag.com RAp Lover

      You said it yourself, IF Wayne was the best, but he’s not, and that doesnt mean i dont like Wayne. Altho Wayne still has talent, most of the time, he’s talkin nonsense, unlike Pill who can compose a real song that doesnt stray from its original meaning…Wayne will talk about hoes, pussy and guns in all of his songs, while Pill can switch it up into other topics.

  • grimm

    wayne & pill should collab together

  • Will Morebucks

    Ya’ll give this nigga a L and Yo Gotta the XL? What part of the game is that????

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