Music Review: Pac Div – Mania! (2011)
It took a couple listens to grow on me and it's not the trio's best work, but Pac Div's <i>Mania!</i> is still a solid release.
Pac Div – Mania!
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March is a pretty stacked month when it comes to hip-hop releases I’m looking forward to hearing. I’m hyped for seven releases this month – Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers, Pac Div’s Mania!, Curren$y’s Muscle Car Chronicles, Raekwon’s Shaolin vs Wu-Tang, Travis Barker’s Give the Drummer Some (which isn’t exactly hip-hop but most of the guests are rappers so I’m counting it), CunninLynguists’ Oneirology, and Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers. I’m planning on reviewing all seven of these albums. The fourth is Pac Div’s Mania!.
This mixtape really just feels like something to make existing Pac Div fans happy while we’re waiting on their album. They really aren’t doing anything groundbreaking here but they’re sticking to their style of being good rappers with Cool Kids-style minimalist beats.
Mania! feels a bit inconsistent compared to Pac Div’s previous two releases (Church League Champions and Don’t Mention It). They set the bar pretty high with those releases and they didn’t quite meet my expectations with Mania!. There are some great tracks here (Anti-Freeze, Somethin’, Still a Knucklehead), but there are also a few songs that sound bland and as if I’ve heard them before.
One thing that annoyed me a little bit was that it was hosted by Don Cannon; Pac Div’s last two mixtapes had no DJs yelling but Cannon’s yelling just about ruins the first verse of Anti-Freeze on this one. For the most part throughout the tape he’s pretty bearable, but when will retarded mixtape DJs like Cannon learn that shouting your name just gets everyone to hate you? I get that he wants to get his name out there but all he’s doing is being remembered as the guy who ruins everything.
So overall, I thought this was a solid mixtape that will hold over existing fans of the group. I don’t think it will make that many new fans – Church League Champions is the best mixtape to go to if you’re looking to get into these guys.