EP Review | KeilyN – Dope Never Dies, Vol. 1

This EP was released on February 5th this year. I actually have no idea who this guy is. A producer who I follow sent me this project to check out. Just for future reference, if you read my blog… I’m sorry, but don’t send me your mixtape. I don’t like checking out struggle rappers. The only reason I’m checking this out is because he seems to be affiliated with some artists I already know and respect. I’m not gonna review any random Soundcloud rapper’s project. If some random ass dude named MC Sawdust sends me a Soundcloud link, I’m ignoring him. I probably wouldn’t even be reviewing this project if it wasn’t less than 20 minutes long. I know it’s kinda fucked up that I’m not willing to check out more unknown artists. I mean, if you send me one song I’ll probably check it out and let you know what I think. I’ve done that for a few artists. Just don’t expect a review for anything you send. With that being said, I really hope I don’t end up hating this project. I doubt that’ll be the case though. I feel like you’re at least somewhat familiar with my taste if you choose to send me something like this, so I’ll probably like it to some extent. I doubt this’ll be trash. I’m remaining cautious though… Every song is self produced, except where noted.

1. Grandma

This track is just an intro that lasts less than thirty seconds long. It’s just some woman praying for KeilyN. I’m assuming that’s his grandma. Well, it definitely is. She referred to him as “my grandson.” This was a cool intro I guess. I don’t really have anything to say about it since it’s not really a full song. I didn’t mind it at all.

2. East$ide

Okay, I really love the piano driven production on this track. The percussion that comes in when KeilyN starts rapping has a nice bounce to it. This beat is really dope. He’s got a pretty nice flow. The first verse was cool. He didn’t really say anything that attention grabbing, but it sounded good. The hook’s not bad. The way his voice was panning from left to right during the second verse was kinda cool. This is a pretty good song. I enjoyed it. It’s not anything special lyrically, but nothing about it really stood out as being wack. I don’t have any issues with it. This is dope to me.

3. Won’t Happen Again

This song has another really cool beat. I think I like it even more than the previous one to be honest. Oh shit. KeilyN’s flow on this first verse is actually really dope. The way it started was pretty unassuming. The flow of the first quatrain was really conventional, but after that it got more aggressive. This guy’s music has a real nice bounce to it. The percussion hits hard. The first verse was really dope. Again, none of the lyrics are super creative or original. It was cool though. The hook is pretty simplistic, but I like it a lot. The second verse is really dope too. I like this song more than the previous one. The production’s really nice, and his flow was great. I like the hook a lot too. This shit is dope.

4. Tru

This beat is pretty cool. Once again, the percussion is really nice. His flow on the first verse was pretty good. I’m ashamed to admit that the lines where he was rapping about putting off sobriety were pretty damn relatable. I like the hook, but I kinda wish there was some variation in the instrumental. The beat sounds pretty much the same during the hook as it does during the verses. It starts feeling repetitive after a while, especially after repeat listens. The second verse was cool. Once again, I’m not really that impressed lyrically. This is definitely my least favorite track on the project, but I still enjoyed it to some extent. However, I don’t really see myself coming back to this. Maybe if he switched up his flow or delivery he could add something to spice it up a little bit. It’s just kinda bland as it is now though. It’s certainly not a bad song, but it’s not something I’ll be returning to. It’s an okay track.

5. October produced by ACG

Damn. This beat is really dope. It’s really different from the previous one. It’s more melodic & ethereal. This is definitely one of the more somber tracks on the project. The first verse was dope. I like the hook too, even though I don’t really know what it means to be “feelin’ October.” The second verse is better than the first one, which is how it should be. I feel like each verse in a song should be better than the last. I’m probably one of the only people who feels that way though. That line about the cops killing a kid before he got his first nut was tragic. This is actually one of the better songs so far in my opinion. I like this track a lot. This is dope to me.

6. Outro produced by Bopman

I don’t like this beat as much as some of the others, but it’s still pretty solid. I just finished listening to this whole song. I think this is a pretty nice way to end the project. I don’t really have any issues with it. I think this is the best track on the project lyrically. I like the way this song is structured. It’s just two verses broken up by an audio clip of someone speaking. Both of the verses were really good. I like this track a lot. This shit is dope to me.

This is a good EP. I was pretty satisfied with the production for the most part. There was only one beat that I wasn’t really feelin’ that much, and it wasn’t even that bad. I think KeilyN is a dope producer. He’s a pretty solid rapper too. He’s not gonna blow anyone away with his lyrics, but he’s got a pretty good flow, and he knows how to make good songs. His lyrics aren’t wack at all. They just don’t really stand out that much. I wasn’t amazed by anything I heard on this project, but I enjoyed most of it. I’m satisfied. I’ll probably keep an eye on this guy because the quality of his work will hopefully only go up from here. I like this project. It’s dope.

Favorite Song: October
Least Favorite Song: Tru


Grade: B

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