Texas and Louisiana have always shared a strong southern bond. With rappers often jumping on I-10 to travel between the two states in order to cook up some of the best tunes the rap game has ever heard. The latest product of the two states is Lil Wil. Lil Wil went from being born in New Orleans to residing in and representing Dallas, Texas. Since spawning the heavy regional favorite "My Dougie" last year Lil Wil has shown enough promise to warrant a quick release of his solo debut Dolla$, TX.
Over a slow and bass heavy production effort courtesy of Lan-Lord Lil Wil kicks off his album on the instant attention getting "Dolla$, TX." On the lamely Pimp-N-Keys produced "Money On My Mind" Lil Wil comes with some even lamer lines as he professes his infatuation with money. By songs end Papa Reu turns out to be the only certifiable part of the ill advised "Move It." Rude and Big Hood Boss lend some assistance on "Straight Up" where the three lay down a gutter ass foundation for the rest of the album over a drive by influenced backdrop courtesy of Tekniq. Producer Lan-Lord doubles back to provide heat for the album’s highlight effort "Look At What The World Made Me."
On "Stacks On Deck" and "My Dougie" Lil Wil explores the much too often explored strip club and regular club to absolutely no prevail. On the extra whack "Grown Man" Lil Wil takes this whole club thing to an absolutely unnecessary level. For the fourth time in a row Lil Wil proceeds to live in the club on the Deonte and Rude assisted "Thug Thang." This time around things turn out much better as the three ride the Tekniq produced heater with ease. Before Lil Wil closes out the album he blesses listeners with one more heater. On the Lan-Lord produced "I Feel Like" Wil begins by taking a quick shot at Lil Wayne before he goes on to antagonize anybody and everybody who crosses his path.
Lil Wil’s debut album turns out to be not so good at best. His mediocre lyrics and uninspired production make for a really hard listen. On the few occasions where Lil Wil actually stepped up his game he made it more than evident that he has all the tools and resources to shine on at least a semi-large level in this rap game. If he can manage to step outside of a simple state of mind and diversify his content as well as find some better producers across the board he could very well become the most relevant thing out of Dallas, Texas since Mr. Pookie and Mr. Lucci did their thing earlier in the millennium.
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