Rogue MC (@TheRogueMC)
The Black Baccara
As many of you know, the bosses at thisexcellent magazine are constantly looking for artists to review. Theput out the call, I get the links...then the waiting game starts LOL. As a result, I get the pleasure of getting to know artists that Imay not have ordinarily heard of or had access to. I was recentlyasked to review a female MC straight outta the ATL, named Rogue MC,and her mixtape titled “The Black Baccara” (the black rose).
First I gotta give credit where creditis due...she can hold her own lyrically. Not only that (hold yourhats fellas), she can produce too. No she's not Kanye, but she damnsure isn't a hack either. She produced two songs on the mixtape: “2People 2 Lives” and “The Pain”; the latter being one of themost open and honest songs you'll come across. She can also flow ontracks that she didn't produce as well. She did an excellent job onsongs like “Bait”, “Stop Me” and “Get It In”.
With all the goodness that this mixtapehas (and there is plenty), there is one glaring deficiency: thehosting DJ. Being that I'm a DJ (and a damn good one at that...justask my mom) I know what helps and what hinders an artists mixtape. For example, if a DJ is going to backspin a record it needs to startagain ON TIME!!! Also, if a DJ is going to restart a song, it has tobe restarted ON TIME!!! There were too many instances (too many tooverlook) where the hosting DJ (I won't put dude on blast becausethis isn't a personal attack) totally ruined the flow of the mixtapeand let the artist down (this is the reason why I primarily listen tothe no DJ version of mixtapes). Artists need to remember that theirproduct is competing with everyone else in the market. If yourproduct isn't of professional quality, no one (important) is going totake your project seriously.
Having said all that, Rogue MC isdefinitely an up-and-comer worth keeping an eye one. She knows howto write, produce and record quality material. Now she (and herteam) needs to learn the overlooked (and underrated) task of projectmanagement. I firmly believe that her next mixtape will havesignificant improvements. We have our eyes on you Rogue...make usproud!
Best Song On The CD: “The Pain”,“Stop Me”, “Bait”
Song I Enjoyed The Most: “2 People, 2Lives”, “In My Dreams”
Overall Rating: 3.5...very solid asidefrom the host DJ
Reviewed by DJ KontraDikshun (@KlubKD)
Rogue MC "THE BLACK BACCARA"Sunday, 13 May 2012 Written by OnThaReal Magazine
Rogue MC (@TheRogueMC)