Force 5 Records – “The Ruckus Mixtape, Vol. 2” review

Force 5 Records is a Milwaukee based hip hop record label founded in 2002 by The DRP. However, it wasn’t until 2017 after returning from a 3-4 year hiatus where the label became the powerhouse that it is today by bringing a handful of big underground names on board from Bay Area horrorcore veteran Mars to the late Saint Dog of Kottonmouth Kings fame. They put out a showcase mixtape that same year called The Ruckus Mixtape but as Force 5’s roster continues to grow over time, it’s only right for them to drop a sequel.

After the intro, we get into the first song “$1,000 Quartet”. Which is pretty much The DRP, Jaysin Logik, Prolifik & Rick Dogg spitting over the instrumental of Gang Starr‘s “Full Clip” for 2 minutes. The next track “Crystal Meth” by Danny Diablo, The DRP, Jaysin Logik, Prolifik & Skribbal sees the 5 comparing their bars to drugs over a beat that I can kinda picture hearing on a Jedi Mind Tricks album while the song “Fuck Fame” by Big Left, The DRP & Jaysin Logik talks about living this shit over a heavy boom bap instrumental. The track “It’s a Revolution” by Danny Diablo, The DRP, Jaysin Logik, King Relik & Prolifik calls to end killing & violence over a futuristic beat while the song “Intelligence” by Jaysin Logik & Prolifik finds the duo spitting food for thought over an instrumental with a vintage feel to it.

The track “Charut” by Danny Diablo & The DRP is a invigorating moshpit anthem with an eerie trap beat while the song “One” is a Jaysin Logik solo cut about feeling empty over a piano & some fast-tempo drums. The track “Murderific” is a King Relik solo cut getting on the horrorcore tip over some funky bass & string sections while the song “Get Up 2020” by Prolifik & Rick Dogg is a fun, rap-rock flavored party starter.

The track “Make It Look Easy” by Big Hoss & Danny Diablo finds the 2 talking about being the illest in the underground over a victorious beat while the song “Cudahy Girl” is a Rick Dogg solo cut getting flirtatious over a country flavored instrumental. The track “Pervert” is a Prolifik solo cut that perfectly lives up to it’s name as he rocks it over a jazzy beat while the song “Dem Hoes 2020” by The DRP, R.A. the Rugged Man & Skribbal goes in detail as to how fine these certain group of hoes are over a grimy instrumental.

The track “Fuck Rick Dogg” is a 45 second, rock-tinged King Relik solo cut where he jokingly takes shots at Rick while the song “How You Like Me Now?” is a DRP solo cut about being the best MC on his block over a dusty boom bap beat. The penultimate track “Like You Do” is a dope leftover from Saint Dog’s final album Bozo discussing this woman in his life being heaven sent over an instrumental with some prominent bells whereas the closer “Walk the Walk” finds The DRP teaming up with the The Night Crawlers to take aim at the mainstream over a deranged beat.

I think Force 5 Records has been killing in the underground for a while now & if anyone reading this review is looking to get into them, this tape isn’t a bad place to start at all. Every signee they have to offer sticks out in their own unique way & the amount of diversity in the production is sweet too. I’m really looking forward to watching the label grow from hereon out.

Score: 3.5/5

Mars – “Locked Up a Broad” review




This is the 3rd full-length studio album from Bay Area horrorcore veteran Mars, who made his debut in 1998 with S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). He would go on to drop 2 EPs in the mid-2000s, a mixtape in 2012 & his sophomore full-length entitled Glockcoma just a couple years ago. But just a month after his 3rd EP Murder, Mars is following it up with Locked Up a Broad.

After the intro, we go into the title track. Where Mars touches down on sexual slavery over a woozy instrumental. The next song “Hemophobia” talks about murder over an airy trap beat & while I love how slow the track “Keep Ya Voice Down” is, it’s way too short. The song “Throw It All Away” gets reflective over a pretty acoustic instrumental whereas the track “Isolation” vents about being alone over a cold trap beat.

The song “In My Basement” talks about kidnapping a woman over a nocturnal trap beat while the track “Monster” speaks on what he has become over a spacey trap beat. The song “Obsession” gets stalky over a melodic instrumental while the track “Do What It Due” tries to foresee his own death over a trap rock fusion. The song “Freakin’ Me Out” with Kung Fu Vampire sees the 2 talking about murder over a trap beat with some plinky keyboards & then the album finishes off with “I Got a Mask”, where Mars gets personal over a piano instrumental that enhances the emotion.

Overall, this was a solid album from the man. In contrast to the Murder EP trying out new sounds, here we have Mars going back to his horrorcore roots with Clayton Van Pelt backing him up with some pretty dope production.

Score: 3.5/5

Mars – “Murder” review

Mars is a horrorcore veteran from Pittsburgh, California that made his debut in 1998 with S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). He would go on to drop 2 EPs in the mid-2000s, a mixtape in 2012 & his sophomore full-length entitled Glockcoma just a couple years ago. But with a new studio album Locked Up a Broad set to drop next month, Mars is warming the fans up by enlisting Bvne to produce his 3rd EP.

The opener “Small Sacrifices” is mostly a 2 minute hypnotic trap beat, but the first actual song on here “Never Get Rich” finds Mars venting about doing shit himself over a cavernous beat. The track “Undercover” gets murderous over a nocturnal beat while the song “Whiskey” talks about an ex over an acoustic trap beat. The track “Shit List” lyrically is self explanatory, but it turns out super fresh. Plus, I love the vocals in the background of the instrumental.

After the “Solicitation” skit, we go into the song “Cum Closer”. Where Mars & Koshir get flirtatious over a hyphy beat. After the “Collect Call” skit, the penultimate track “Christine” talks about a chick with the same name over a blissfully cloudy trap beat. The EP then finishes off with “In the End”, where Mars talks to his significant other over a country trap instrumental.

This is a nice little appetizer before the main course in November. Mars seems to step out of his comfort zone a lot more on this thing & I think it’s a really dope change of pace for him. Bvne’s production really does a great job in helping him with that too. It definitely has me looking forward to Locked Up a Broad even more.

Score: 3.5/5