Aloha #OTDHipHop fans!
Welcome to another segment of Mixtape Monday, where I do track by track reviews of full length projects from up and coming artists in the underground rap scene. This week, I was contacted by Dave Cerdafyed, a talented emcee from Toppenish, WA. He is currently signed to independent label G.A.T Entertainment, and recently released his debut EP Soular System. The project was fully produced by Luke White.
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1) I’ma Do It
I love that this is the first track of the project. Classic boom bap hip hop beat with soothing hooks and vocals. Dave has a unique voice matched with addicting storytelling style. While conversing with him briefly, he told me that his first initial rap influences include Tupac, Biggie, and Bone Thugs. I sense a mix of all three of them in Dave’s flow just off the bat, from this track and I think it’s a great track that introduces the listener to this debut EP of his. The message of this song is basically to do what you want no matter what naysayers say, stay focused on the goals you want to accomplish.
This song is a DOPE follow up from I’ma Do It (track 1). Big props to Producer Luke White! The beat is mostly boom bap, a staple sound for hip hop/rap songs, coupled with Dave’s relaxing, storytelling vocals. I would say that this is one of my favorite tracks from this EP, particularly for the hella smooth hook. I like that he is harmonizing on the hook but only subtly. The tone is reflective and paints a “chill party lifestyle” sort of vibe. The lyrics range from friendship to social commentary, which are recurring themes throughout the project.
3) One Day Forte
This track transitions well from Paradiso (track 2), which I really appreciate as a listener. So far, I’d say that production wise this is my favorite track, and once again props to Producer Luke White! The beat is a faster paced boom bap style, which seems to be Dave’s forte, per say. What I really dig is the simple, melodic synthesizer sounds, added over Dave’s vocals. I would describe Paradiso very similarly to Logic’s “Fade Away,” from his second album The Incredible True Story, as far as the vibes and fast-paced wordplay. Nonetheless, both Dave and Luke DELIVER on this track, straight up.
4) Need to Know
This track is straight up swaggy. Dave flows over a boom bap beep, but also has reggae and country elements, especially with the guitar string sounds. I dig it! This song is basically filled with subtle, quick-witted, and funny bragging. Dave showcases his unique flow and lets the song lead his lyricism and composition.
5) Suicide Notes
This track is has a completely different tone from the past 4 tracks. Up until this point, Dave’s content has been rather uplifting and happy. Suicide Notes has a darker undertone, with Dave expressing his battle with suicidal thoughts. I appreciate this track.
6) Friendly Conversations
This song features a reflective, 4/20 vibed Dave. He speaks on various topics, largely focused on his grind and experience in music. Such solid production once again from Luke White. I especially dig the little “talking portion” which adds a very personal element to the song. “Friendly Conversations” also has a music video, which was shot, edited, and released by G.A.T. Entertainment. A great track to end an even greater debut project!
Overall, I give this project a 4.5/5 on my Lumpia Scale. I especially commend the vibe, lyrical content, and quality production. Looking forward to Dave Cerdafyed's and the rest of G.A.T Entertainment's future projects.
For more from Dave Cerdafyed or G.A.T. Entertainment, visit gatentertainment.com.com/davecerdafyed
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