Mode Nine Occupy the Throne Mix tape review
Lyricist Mode nine showed he is not yet ready to succumb to the arrays of competition in Nigerian hip hop, as he conspicuously released a king-like mixtape themed ‘Occupy the throne’ which sees him trying desperately to maintain his hard earned place as the number one lyricist when it comes to Nigerian hip hop. Mode nine basically talked about the ordeals he faced from naysayers on blog sites, but still maintained a topical coherence with the title of the mix tape.
It was a creative and one-way exquisite job coupled with a change of style and beat by Mode nine who switched from his strictly boom bap instrumentals to a consistent utilization of internal rhymes with a flipped multi-syllabic rhyming pattern. Nevertheless, it still saw the ace MC spitting head scratching punch lines and delivering metaphorical lines on nearly all verses with a meticulous digression from abstract rhymes to a more cinematic scenery.
Occupy the throne depicts Mode’s conservativeness and also his reticent ability where he raps on a short time span seemingly defying the rules of a typical orthodox song in comparison to a radio jingle except: Mind yourself, Otis again, already home, and street runner where he tried to say more in less time. El bama’s recommendation at the end of “Greem Convo” is truly the definition of occupy the throne as it is more of quality than quantity owing to the short duration of songs.
Mode nine worked with a few number of posse cuts which include: El bama, D’ truce, M’ trill and Boogey who currently is justifying the massive hype he’s been receiving on various blog sites and social networks after he featured on other notable mix tapes like: Terry Tha Rap man’s World Domination, and M.I.’s Illegal Music II. His poignant verse on “dead prez” is a majestic narrative on how he is fared on the street as well as the hip hop industry. ”…Another M.I in the making or is he a Vector? To be a vector he needs direction so I followed the rapper who molded and paved the way and wrote his name in the place with the epitaph on his grave and say was 86 and now it’s 2012 am almost 26 and still the street won’t let me sell, no deal and no meal starving in here, spit that real talk in your ear”.
Almost all songs in the tape seemed to be punch line inclined as Mode continuously spat punch lines alongside some narratives piloting listeners through his retinue of intelligent word plays, and complex similes, on: ‘exodus 23:1’, ‘who gon stop me?’,’ already home’, ‘thank you’, ‘Greem convo’, ‘mind yourself’,’ Otis again’ and ‘spit my shit’ with lines like; “before I write I think/ I never waste ink”, “my pens are hemophiliac I make the bic bleed”, “one twitter hater say my flow suck/ I laugh when I saw it and got his ass blocked/ half a second later I forgot about him/ mode is ill. “you making mp3s am so wavy/ Poseidon”, “I knock your incisors back to where your molar is”...
Mode has dexterously mastered the art of masking his weak lines with the use of complex English vocabularies which makes it look grandiose on first listen and also proves an uphill task to discover the lapses in some lines when you get carried away by his grandeur oxymoron, even though they are almost unseen in songs like: ‘primetime’,’ street runner’, and ‘niggas in Paris’.
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