Fans of A-Reece can finally gasp for air after holding their breath for months for a project to drop. What came is different from the Paradise 2 album that was expected. A-Reece decided to drop a mixtape instead. A 13-track collection titled Today's Tragedy, Tomorrow's Memory.
The project came well received by many on the release date that fell on the day before his birthday. Jubilant fans happily sent him well wishes on his day of birth as a result.
There was a controversy and speculation that the work might not see the light of day after it surfaced that Reece split with his long time producer, MashBeats who has been instrumental in coining the sample-heavy sound A-Reece has become known for. Despite all speculation, Mash is on the production credits on the mixtape and seems to have been just as involved as ever. One thing to note is that some singles and loosies that were put out found themselves on the mixtape, giving the impression that even though it might not be in its entirety, this is the set of songs that would've made the Paradise 2 album.
A-Reece raps his ass off as usual, he is still on form. The tape starts on a sombre note with Reece reflecting on loved ones lost and questioning the higher power on the reasoning behind it all because it comes across pointless to him.
Reece rides solo on five of the joints on the mixtape. He keeps to the one-verse format he has popularised in his music and let's the samples ride out in some cases. What stands out is how Reece captures life moments and paints vivid representations of lived experiences. Even experiences beyond his years like the divorce topic he dissected on DICHOTOMY. The content evokes thought, if not emotions. The rest of the tracks see appearances by a tight-knit collective of Ayanda Jiya, Belo Salon, Jay Jody, Stogie T and Wordz.
It won't be lost on many that one of the longest tracks on the mixtape is an interlude. JIMMY'S INTERLUDE is right in A-Reece's sad bag where he once again reflects on those lost along the way. Which further fuels his motivation to get rich forever. Loyalty is still just as important to Reece as it has ever been in the small circle he runs in. Songstress Ayanda Jiya is on melodic vocals and allows her angelic vocals to spill into the following track, RE$IDUAL $ELF-IMAGE.
A-Reece has the composure of a veteran and what better way to show that than by delivering a hallmark verse on BRAVO featuring the lethal OG, Stogie T. Reece's wordplay shows he was fully aware who he brought into the track and didn't take it lightly. Stogie's verse is a play of words and big screen references. Belo Salo ties it all nicely together with his unique voice on the chorus.
More hallmark performances are on HIBACHI, OVER ME and DOTTED LINEZ. Reece is big on self awareness and evidently spends a significant amount of time in his thoughts.
The production and sequencing on the mixtape is solid. There is a good flow between the songs and some transitions are easy to miss. A-Reece matched the quality of production with good raps and stories to tell, making this another project from him that didn't miss.