Buddies Rockie Fresh and Casey Veggies have collaborated on cuts multiple times throughout the past few years, leading fans at the edge of their seats for a full-length project from the two. So after much anticipation, fans received a Christmas gift in the form of a 10-track mixtape aptly titled, Fresh Veggies. The two MCs boast a chemistry that is slightly reminiscent of Curren$y’s and Wiz Khalifa’s. However, there are no burning cannabis clouds hovering over young Veggies and Rockie’s first combined effort.
The tape opens with the title track, which has a mellow backdrop, showcasing each other’s confidence. Young C.V. raps on-point boasts like, “I need like a 100 mil but you know it take time / You rappers ain’t as fly as me but I respect that you tryin’ / You don’t make no real music, I don’t respect if you signed.” Other highlights is “Celebrating Life,” a song that’ll complement everyone’s upcoming New Year’s Eve hangout. Specifically, the melodic sound of the piano keys and Veggies’ catchy hook will leave you singing along in no time.
On “Sacrifice”, Chi-Town native Rockie Fresh drops the most introspective bars of the otherwise light-hearted project. “And so I be grindin’, I’m sick and tired of seein’ my momma providin’ / She should be ridin’, in a car that’s respected like she just came through with them sirens.” A sample of Rockie’s MMG teammate Meek Mill’s signature yelling fits in perfectly with the tune, adding a nice touch to the hook of the Ray Reel-produced cut. The Jahlil Beats crafted “Perception” is a nice change of pace, offering more of a gritty beat for the pair to ride. Following that is the Kirko Bangz-assisted “Love All Around M,” but sounds sorely out of place on the tape. There are only a few misses on this tape, but this one qualifies as such.
What listeners need to pay attention to is Hit-Boy, who makes his first appearance in production form for (“I Been Workin”), with a beat that provides a shoulder bouncing tempo that the rappers fare well on. He also appears on “Circle” (which thumps), as does “Aladdin” (produced by Uncle Dave). These two will satisfy those who crave speaker rattling joints.
Fresh Veggies does not require the listener to do much thinking and that’s what works about the project. Artists like OverDoz, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign make appearances on the mixtape, but don’t overshadow the two stars. It’s perfect to play and enjoy – in the car or in the crib playing video games like NBA 2K14. Hip-hop has seen its share of long awaited joint projects, but Fresh Veggies is good enough to make fans want to hear more from the promising duo.—Cristopher Jones