Jeezy Sounds Refreshed on His New ‘Gangsta Party’ Mixtape
Over the Memorial Day Weekend, Atlanta's favorite trapper Jeezy surprised fans with the release of his Gangsta Party mixtape. The 10-track Gangsta Grillz project, hosted by DJ Drama, marks Jeezy's first release since his 2014 album, Seen It All: The Autobiography. Losing no pep in his step, Jeezy brings the party to life with his new offering while incorporating his usual trap talk throughout the project.
Jeezy and DJ Drama align once again to give the streets a summer-themed soundtrack. Boasting guest appearances from Rich Homie Quan, 2 Chainz, Kevin Gates, Shy Glizzy and more, Jeezy finds himself collaborating with many of the artists featured on the tape for the first time. With the Snowman's veteran skills, the youngsters on the project shine bright next to Snowman, giving Jeezy a refreshed s0und. The mixtape's production is stellar, spearheaded by the likes of London On Da Track, Zaytoven and Cardo, while Jeezy's trappin' flow fits perfectly over the monolithic beats.
On the mixtape's first cut, "I Might" featuring Rich Homie Quan, Jeezy finds himself exploring the possibilities of returning to the drug game while speaking on his wealth and expensive taste. London On Da Track provides Jeezy a great backdrop for the contagious hit and RHQ provides a catchy hook that should ring all throughout the summer. Another certified banger off of Gangsta Party is the dark and twisted "Birds Could Talk," which is produced by Cardo. The eerie, hard-hitting beat featuring crow sound effects features Young Jizzle spilling a detailed story on the transportation and distribution of his bricks. The song is definitely one of the hardest on the project and reminiscent of Jeezy's earlier work. The pairing between Jeezy and Kevin Gates on "She Know" finds both Southern MC's paying tribute to the independent ladies that have their shit together. Gates' melodic flow is the perfect match for the London's beat and highlights Jeezy's talent and ability to shine alongside newer artists in the game.
Jeezy encounters a few missteps on the project as his 2 Chainz collaboration, "Pot Life," fails to capture the imagination. Sonny Digital does the track justice with the production, but the collab falls short of being another "RIP."
Gangsta Party is another strong offering from the ATL Snowman. Overall, Jeezy sounds rejuvenated and enjoying his good life, while still dropping gems on the art of selling drugs and moving metric tons. It'sthe perfect soundtrack for the rest of the summer. —Roger Krastz