I knew Monday would be a good day in music because Mickey Factz promises and delivers his new mixtape, 740 Park Ave. Mick is brilliant with adding layers of concepts into one fluid project and given the premise of 740 Park Ave., I already knew this would only add to his list. Just listen to the intro to get a chilling setup on the commentary to ensue.
Within the first 5 tracks, you’ll hear the previews “Detroit Red” and “Iont Care” and in between: “7.13.82 – 2.29.14” & “Cafune” — both of which I like a lot on the tier of “Detroit Red”. Another great sign as the rest of the tape smoothly proceeds with “Smoke Screen” as Mick describes the behind the scenes misses that derailed his momentum since 2008 (including a John Legend single held back). It’s further continued even more masterfully in “.14” at the end of the tape — a stretch laced with more standouts like “13th Disciple” (sampling The Weeknd), and a MauSe appearance (!) on “Because of U”. Very personal lyrics, great storytelling, superb guest spots, and a less high-octane sound than you may expect from Mick.
I’m chillin’ and workin’ to this as my playlist all day and definitely beyond — a perfect way to start off your Monday and a project that may take all week to digest its substance. (And then just wait til MauSe returns in full this December… again, “Because of U” is the tease…)