Release Date: June 24, 2017
Genres: Alternative Hip Hop / Experimental Hip Hop / Indie Hip Hop / Left Field Hip Hop
For those that do not know Tabby, I just want to say this: you need to. Not only did he release a solid debut mixtape recently, but he is also a YouTuber who releases quality music reactions and reviews on his channel Tabby. Check out his videos…after you read this review, of course.
My hype for Tabby’s project started way back in September of last year when he uploaded a video of an acapella version of his song “Buckwheat.” I was very surprised at how lyrical he was in the video and my excitement for the project crept up more and more. It was with “Cranston” that my excitement for the mixtape went over the edge as everything about the song was awesome. Lyrics, flow, production, you name it. I honestly watched the video five or six times before the mixtape finally dropped.
The track that really made me realize that this was going to be something special was “Malcolm.” I was a bit thrown off at first by the production and what I initially considered “unorthodox” lyrics and flow, but once I heard the hook I was, well, I think you know I’m trying to say. This track has one of my favorite lines on the entire project: “They higher than Aang on Appa / Get bent rule bending that dangerous dogma.”
I really enjoy Tabby’s flow as well as the hook on “Yellow Belly.” It really makes me want to move my entire body every time I hear it. “Twelve 27” is another track that I thoroughly enjoy. I had my suspicions on “Malcolm” that Tabby might be an atheist or at the very least secular, but this track confirmed my suspicions. It’s quite refreshing to hear an atheist rapper or someone rapping with a different approach to religion, being an atheist myself. You don’t really hear it that much from many rappers. Of course, if my assumption is incorrect, I would be more than glad to admit my mistake.
I felt that “Doozy” was the only track on the mixtape where he’s really going in hard and being more braggadocio. Another one of my favorite lines on the project appears in this track: “I’m that cracker that Polly want.” I absolutely love it when rappers twister certain phrases around and make them more interesting. I love “White Trash” purely for the reason that Tabby raps from the different perspectives of Trump supporter stereotypes. I also want to mention the sixth track “Rufus” where Tabby raps from the perspective of his titular cat. In this track, Tabby seeks guidance from Rufus, a giant mystical cat being. Yes, that makes more sense than anything ever.
One of the funniest lines to me in the entire project is on the tenth track “Umami:” “Busting nuts on marble statue busts / I’m a lover of art ’til guards catch me.” He really takes aesthete to a different level, if you ask me.
I also really enjoyed the humorous interludes performed by fellow YouTuber and music reactor BIGQUINT INDEED. He appeared on the opening track, “Rufus,” “Umami,” and “Doozy.” In these short interludes, Big Quint provided commentary on Tabby’s personality, love of music, and his cat. I found these to be an essential part of the project. If you didn’t, it’s probably because you a little bitch (it’s just a referential joke, please don’t hate me). And if I missed a track in which Big Quint provided commentary, please feel free to correct and insult me about it in the comments.
This mixtape was better than I expected it to be. The production – provided almost exclusively by a fourteen-year-old producer – was very crisp. It might take a few listens for some listeners to get used to it, but I definitely feel that it’s more than worth it. Throughout the mixtape, Tabby gives off vibes that are similar to Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Eminem, Mac Miller, and Tyler, The Creator. Don’t worry; I’ll review Tyler’s new album a month after its release date too.
I really do enjoy listening to this album, and I feel that it has a very good chance of being on my year-end Hip Hop favorites list.
Always be awesome and thanks for existing,
Favorite tracks: “Malcolm,” “Cranston,” “Yellow Belly,” “Twelve 27,” “Doozy,” and “White Trash.” NOTE: I honestly love all the tracks. It’s just these six tracks are the ones that I revisit the most often.
Listen to Tabby’s mixtape now!!!
Apple Music / iTunes: White Trash on Apple Music and iTunes
Bandcamp: White Trash on Bandcamp
Soundcloud: White Trash on Soundcloud
Spotify: White Trash on Spotify
YouTube: White Trash on YouTube