Words by Landon A.
Stat Quo’s rap career has been a roller coaster ride to say the least. After parting ways with the Doctor and Eminem’s Aftermath record label, Stat continued to get in on any project available. His mixtape game is on point and he’s managed to collaborate with everyone from T-Pain to Bobby Ray. Now, we see the release of his full length street LP Smokin’ Mirrors, a foggy journey through the mind of one of A-Town’s finest.
The record starts out strong with “Swaggin’ On The Beat,” where Statlanta spits darts over fat drums and equally fat horns; the beat provided by new comer Dub Z. “Real Talk,” which is Smokin’ Mirrors’ sickiest of the icky © Rick James Bitch! carries on with the album’s slow and steady approach and verbally Stat tackles social issues with a hook that explains it all. Other notables include the alluring “Push Me Away” and Mary Jane,” which finds SQ literally singing a love ballad to a weed plant. The synth and bass heavy combo compliment the choked out subject matter like Zig-Zag’s® to cannabis.
While Stat Quo is certainly a talented artist and most definitely shines far above many of his ATL brethren, the album lacks anything exciting we haven’t already seen from Stat. The production and lyrics are cohesive and the album bangs from start to finish, Stat is yet to grow into his skin as a mainstream artist. Another qualm is that the record is about the same length as an episode of Seinfeld, much to short for an LP.
Still, Stat flexes his growing lyrical muscles over an array of equally talented and fresh beats, certainly no smoke and mirrors on this LP, all organic, all Stat.
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