Mayhem Lauren; Queens native, Action Bronson associate, ‘F*CK THAT’S DELICIOUS’ guest star and rapper, released his first 2016 studio project, ‘Piatta D’oro’ nearly a year ago. I’m not new to the cool flowed, luxurious lyrics and 90s sounding artist. He’s appeared on numerous Action Bronson tracks as well as appeared on both of the VICE sponsored Bronson shows ‘Action Bronson and Friends Watch ‘Ancient Aliens” and ‘F*CK THAT’S DELICIOUS’.
So far, every guest feature I’ve heard from the Queens rapper has been over the normal amount of the flame emoji. So, I only thought it’d be right to review his album that’s served on a Plate of Gold for his listeners.
Throughout the album, Lauren provides listeners with past and present activities he’s been a part of. Whether it’s back in the day he was selling weed and being an anxious African-American living in a dysfunctional society on “Vintage” or immediately after, spitting ridiculous food-inspired bars over a classic Harry Fraud beat. A monotone instrumental with glossy synths, jazzy drums and airy keys allows Lauren, Bronson and Roc Marciano provide Mafiaso raps that even the Bawse Rick Ross couldn’t contest with. “Money In My Pocket” to me is like the trippy version of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Gimme the Loot”. Over horns and jumpy guitar strings, Lauren provided a psychedelic take on the theme to every hustlers life.
Another duo standout between Action Bronson and Meyhem Lauren is “Garlic and Oil” which is a perfect comparison of the two. While Action provides a pretty-average two verses on the track, there’s no doubt Bronson provided some ‘heat’ for the oil. However, Lauren’s contribution over both instrumentals; the first one being some cool Jazz guitar chords, minimal drums and bass. The second a still pretty slow beat, but with some beautiful synths, smooth bass and drums that are just an absolute pleasure to hear in the background, and Lauren wrecks it with a quicker than usual flow effortlessly rapping about exquisite clothes, food and the lifestyle he regularly lives. That being said, he is the ‘garlic’ in the pan, just giving the song that ‘right flavour’.
Other songs on the album that showcase Lauren’s diversity as a Hip-Hop artist are “Fuckin The Whole Crew”, the Wu-Tang-esque “Flexxin” which sounds like it was made for a deadly vocal combo from Raekwon and Ghostface Killah and “Elevation”.
Overall, the album is what the title and what I said earlier; A Plate of Gold. Meyhem provides listeners, fans, haters with extremely beautiful instrumentals that sound they were leftover beats from the 90s that none of the rappers wanted and instead, Meyhem found and spat gold and fire over them. It’s an underrated Hip-Hop album from last year and Meyhem’s charisma, beat selection, flows and subject matter is refreshing to hear.