Words by K1NG
Lil’ Flip’s new album, I Need Mine, was leaked last year around this time by Sony records because he wanted out of his contract. A year later, after a Medium review in XXL magazine (equivalent of two mics in The Source), he has retooled and expanded his project to be a double disc. History has proven that only a very few rappers can make a double album and have success. Biggie, Tupac, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan…can we add Lil’ Flip to that list?
The albums total run-time is 2 hours and 20 minutes, which makes room for a lot of filler. He only utilizes a skit twice in 37 songs. That leaves the listener with 35 songs to listen to and it may have been wiser to produce this as a single disc. But there are some well-placed features – including Mya, 3-6 Mafia, Texas stalwarts Big Pokey and Lil’ Keke, hot newcomer Collie Budz, Rick Ross on “Fly Boy,” and Mike Jones on “White Cup” – to break the monotony.
Fortunately, when you sift through the music, you will do run into some pretty good songs. The album’s third single, “Ghetto Mindstate” is Flip’s portrayal of his neighborhood and he’s assisted by a soulful hook from Lyfe Jennings. “Bustaclip” might have a constantly recycled topic, but it is saved by a good beat and some okay lyrics. A few songs deep into the listening, the album takes a refreshing detour into introspection and social consciousness with “Find My Way” and “Single Mother.” The aforementioned songs are both very well developed and actually have a meaning in them, unlike most of the music on the album. But it might be here that Flip has matured as an artist and found a balance between ballin in the hood and trying to better his hood.
If Flip is smart his next single will be “Play 4 Life” featuring Chamillionaire, which seems to have the most mainstream appeal with a little help from the man that took over radio last year with “Ridin’ Dirty.” The last gem in the bunch comes with an assist from West-Coast great, Nate Dogg, called “Take You There,” which is a west-coast player theme anthem that is catchy as hell.
Overall, Flip doesn’t fail or succeed with a double disc because there is some decent material here. But he definitely would’ve been better served with one solid disc instead. Thankfully, there’s enough material from which to choose and he does make it interesting with a couple of songs that you can chill to, ride to, or even dance to.
Stream the video “Ghetto Mindsate” featuring Lyfe Jennings.
In a new endeavor for us @ TSS and as a part of a collaborative effort, we were given full streams of Flip’s new album to share with our visitors. When we did the Joss Stone preview, we told we’d be doing more things like it…so here it is.
Listen in advance before you go buy the album. Listen to it just so you can tell you homie that it’s worth buying. Or listen…just to listen to it.
But give it a listen because we’d like to let labels see that our visitors and readers appreciate them reaching out to us, & appreciate allowing them to interact with the music.
And here’s a special note from the man himself…
“Whadup, its yo boy Flip Gates. Make sure you pick up my album; not 1 copy, not 2 copies, but 3 copies. I came hard on this one, this is my best work ever. It’s a straight CLASSIC, I promise you. And let me know what your favorite songs are and give me some feedback! Clover Geeeeeeeeeez.” â€“ Lil’ Flip
I Need Mine Full Album Streams
I Need Mine Tracklisting
2. I Get Money feat. Rick Ross
3. Fly Boy
4. Ghetto Mindstate (Can’t Get Away) feat. Lyfe Jennings*
6. Playa 4 Life feat. Chamillionaire
7. Starched & Cleaned feat. Big Pokey & Lil’ Keke*
8. Flippin feat. Mya*
9. Addicted (Mary Jane)
10. White Cup feat. Mike Jones*
1. We Go Make It Out da Hood feat. Big Shasta
2. Cruise Control
4. Real Hip Hop
5. Stay Ballin’ feat. Yukmouth*
6. Get It Crunk*
7. Tell Me feat. Collie Buddz
8. 3,2,1 Go feat. Three 6 Mafia
9. Make It Shake
10. Pimp Juju Skit
* Worth A Listen