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Problem, ‘The Separation’ — Mixtape Review

Problem The Separation

Problem has been making plenty of noise the last few months with his West Coast anthem ‘Like Whaaat.’ The Compton emcee is bringing some more heat to the streets with his DJ Drama-hosted mixtape, ‘The Separation.’

The collection boasts 21 street-certified bangers with guest appearances from Wale, Snoop Dogg, Tyga, Chris Brown and Tank. On the production end, Jahlil Beats, League of Stars, Beatboy, the Invasion, Warren G and Terrence Martin provide some great beats for Problem to rap on.

Head-nodding tracks like the braggadocio ‘Say That Then,’ the weed anthem ‘Roll Up’ and the gangster-iffic ‘Bang Bang’ will garner instant replays.

On ‘Lay Your Head Back,’ which samples Usher‘s 2004 ballad ‘Can U Handle It,’ Problem boasts about his bedroom prowess while crooners Brown and Tank set the mood right with their soothing vocals.

Another standout track is the Warren G-produced ‘Phone,’ in which Problem spits cautionary words to a homie who has befriended a few shady people. And the bass-heavy ‘Chachis Revenge’ is super turnt up.

But it’s not all gangster posturing on the mixtape.

On ‘The Beginning,’ produced by Terrace Martin, Problem gets introspective about his life inside and outside of the rap game.

“So this here is the separation / I’m the motherf—in’ man and the speculation / Whaaat / You came to lose, I came to win / They say it’s Kendrick, s—, I gotta go with him,” he raps.

In the end, Problem is setting himself to be the next Compton rapper to shine behind fellow hometown hero Kendrick Lamar.

Problem is definitely a problem — in a good way. Like whaaat!



Listen to Problem’s ‘The Separation’ Mixtape

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