Lil Mouse Ahead Of His Time In ‘Mouse Trap 2’ (Review)

Age ain’t a nothing but a number. Don’t believe it, observe Lil Mouse. Mouse burst onto the scene barely a teenager in 2012 and is a now one of the leading young artists on the underground scene in not only Chiraq but also the world. Three years has passed since Mouse’s controversial “Get Smoked” music video instantly racked up millions of views and counting on YouTube.

Mouse would go on to release his debut mixtape “Mouse Trap.” Mouse, now 15, had different plans for his now released sequel. Two was the magic number as Mouse decided to make “Mouse Trap 2” a double disc. Mouse appeased his diverse audiences with the two releases. Mouse calls his first tape the “drill” version, which features appearances from Top Shotta, King Louie, Lil Durk and Capo. Mouse’s second tape has an album feel and features appearances from Lil Durk, Paul Wall and Playy.

Mouse is about his business. If you’re not amped about this project yet, he makes sure to get your blood boiling in the intro of the Drill edition. Mouse gets “Real” with his listeners in the second track, rapping, “Money stack to the ceiling/I’m tryna stack me a million/Where I’m from they be killing/All my homies guerillas, I know they mad cause I’m winning.”

Hella Bandz is always about its business; just ask the team’s front-runners Mouse and Top Shotta. Mouse and Shotta boast the strength of their 11-9 army in “I’m Wit It.”

Mouse raps, “Them shooters around me, they killing/Top Shotta he right by me, he drilling/My n-ggas they savage, they drilling/But no we not cooling like villains.”

Shotta follows Mouse, rapping, “I’m with it, I’m with it/They know that I’m young and that I’m getting it/This foreign I’m driving is expensive/You can’t do nothing but compliment it.”

Mouse unleashed some fiery aggression on Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel’s “Computers.” Mouse has no fear in his heart in his freestyle as he raps, “I’m in every n-gga hood with my gang/They on dummy, if you woofin you get changed/They ain’t shoot for legs, they aiming for brains.”

OTF and Mubu made news when both camps announced they were no longer beefing. Lil Durk and King Louie collaborated on their first record on “Mouse Trap 2.” Mouse tapped the two artists for his single “Vanessa.” The trio announced they are now referring to these thots as “Vanessa.” Soon to be parents of daughters may need to check this name off their list.

Mouse set the tone in his drill edition. He kept the momentum going in his second disc. There was no better track to open this disc with than “100 Bars Pt. 2.” Mouse is not to be taken lightly when it comes to his rhymes. He proves this, rapping, “Posted on the block and the feds hot/If you try to run, get a back shot/Eveyrhting white in the trap spot/Feds coming back to the trap spot/I don’t think you really wanna try me.”

Lil Mouse got Hella Bandz so his “PocketsHeavy.” Mouse can merch this. The teen spitter revealed during an interview with Elite Petite TV he spends $1500 per outfit.

Mouse spits expensive rhymes, rapping, “Me and D-Money in the foreign, same color spaghetti/All these hundreds I be counting, yeah my pockets heavy/I’m in the 9/11 Porsche with my black Giuseppes”

A personal favorite record of mine on this disc is “Why You Mad” featuring Lil Durk. This track is very much radio friendly. Mouse and Durk question the haters.

Mouse doesn’t need answers as to why he has haters. He already knows exactly why.

“Came up how I came up, so I guess you mad/With a car like this and house like this, I guess you mad/With my pockets on full, I guess you mad,” he raps in this track’s hook.

Mouse opens his verse, rapping, “Came up from the bottom, so I guess you mad/Pull up in the drop top Rari, they like ‘who is that?’”

Durk occasionally references haters in his music. It may be perhaps his extravagant lifestyle and his “fast car.”

Exclusive’s Lincoln even gets his few seconds of shine in this single. His sound byte “Heyah Heyah!” can be heard in this Chase Davis-produced single.

Mouse’s “Go Crazy” featuring Playy is bonafide hit that has definite replay value.

Mouse wrecks his verse, rapping, “I woke up in a coupe, went and bought me a Rari/Jimmy Choo on my shoe, Don’t catch me in no Pradas/I be living the life cause I can’t live it twice.

Another hot song collaboration was “Start A Fight” featuring Paul Wall. This beat on this joint is smooth. The background vocals were a nice addition as well.

Mouse raps, “Let’s start a fight in the party, I’m in the club with my partners/I’m in VIP and the waiter bringing them bottles/If you looking at me wrong, we start a fight in the party/Lock em down, stomp em out, got goos in this party.”

Paul Wall follows Mouse, rapping, “Steal you in the mouth if you acting like a hoe/Mean mug on your face, put you in your place/Go ahead and tell me how the concrete taste.”

First and foremost, we have to praise Mouse’s progression on this project. There was a definite transformation in Mouse. The maturation of Mouse’s voice and rhymes is one noticeable aspect of Mouse’s growth behind this mixtape. Mouse was successful in proving he could go back to his drill roots and also showcase his mainstream Hip Hop appeal. Mouse gave fans more than earful with his two discs. Mouse’s discs will keep listeners satisfied for most of 2015.

Stream/download Mouse’s “Mouse Trap 2” below

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