Fun Basketball-Themed Mixtape| Posted August 05, 2017
Andy Mineo returns with his first new album (mixtape) since 2015’s excellent Uncomfortable. On this release, he teams up with good friend Wordsplayed (as Magic and Bird), the son of Nigerian immigrants who came to the United States in the early 1980’s and met Mineo in 2008. This playful and basketball themed release is a perfect summer listen, and builds on their 2015 single “Lay Up”, which is included here as a bonus track. Along with BEAM, the release includes production from GAWVI and !llmind, who also produced Uncomfortable. Below are a few brief comments on each song: Hi-Five - A short introductory track, mostly speaking. KIDZ - The song was produced by Tyshane and Daniel Jordan. It was written by Tyshane, Jordan, Wordsplayed and Mineo. This was the first release from the new album. The bridge contains a brief piece reminiscent of the Doxology. Key lyric: I’m in the pocket like Brady, Magic and Bird like the 80’s Kobe, I might put up eighty Look only Jesus can save me Dunk Contest - This song was produced by Young Sidechain and Beam, and was written by Wordsplayed and Mineo. It was the second single to be released from the album. The two trade lines about basketball, cities, single moms, etc.
Key lyric: Yeah, so shout out all the single mothers 2 jobs, 3 kids, I call that a triple double Say Less - This song was produced by GAWVI and written by Wordsplayed and Mineo. It was the last track recorded for the project. Key lyric: When you start talking and prayin' less? Disqus (Skit) - This short vocal interlude by Mineo was inspired by Wordsplayed’s high school track career in which he threw the discus. R.U.T.S. – This song was produced by Alex Medina and written by Medina, Wordsplayed and Mineo. “R.U.T.S.” is an abbreviation for “Run Up The Score”. The song uses the first verse from Mineo’s 2016 songs “The Upside Down”. Key lyric: I got one jog, make the flow silly, Serve one God, it’s my sole mission Judo – This song was produced by GAWVI. It features Judo, and was written by GAWVI, Judo, Wordsplayed and Mineo. This was the third single to be released from the album. Opens with vocals by Judo before going into a rap by Mineo. GAWVI created the sample from scratch.
Key lyric: Oh, you holier than thou? Alright, tell Jesus on me Break Bread - This song was produced by Alex Medina and features Beam. The song was written by Medina, Beam, Wordsplayed and Mineo. This song is about the hard work it’s taken to get them where they are today. Key lyric: Brick after brick I was building this building (yeah), I never waited around for permission (no), I used that God given strength to go get it Metro (Skit) - This short vocal interlude is about a woman who has lost her Metro Card. Dance (You See It) - This song is produced by 42 North and written by Wordsplayed and Mineo. They start the song by saying that a lot of rappers are overrated. Wordsplayed and Mineo have some goals to reach. Key lyric: ‘Crae told me new level, new devil in this, It’s a battle outside and you better be equipped. Team – This song is produced by Daniel Steele and features Beam. The song is written by Beam, Wordsplayed and Mineo. They drop a lot of NBA references throughout the song. Key lyric: Nobody can do it themselves, it don't work Legend - This song is produced by !llmind and written by Wordsplayed by Mineo. It contains a lot of autobiographical references from both Wordsplayed and Mineo. Key lyric: No time to rest when you tryna be a legend Lay Up (Bonus Track – This basketball themed song was written by Alex Medina, Tyshane, Wordsplayed and Mineo, and produced by Tyshane and Medina. It was released as a single released in May, 2015. Key lyric: Coach told me no lollygagin’ Still dunk with my pants saggin’ One sixteen, yeah, it’s tatted