Don’t Sleep | Vakill – God’s Guns

Don’t sleep on this latest extended play from Vakill. It was released on July 20th this year. Vakill is a Chicago MC who I first heard of around 2017 when I discovered his 2011 album, Armor of God. This latest project is his first release in 10 years. Armor of God is the only project I’d heard from him, but I think it’s a really good album, so I was looking forward to checking this new project out. The one comparison that always comes to mind whenever I listen to Vakill is Royce da 5’9″. I just think the way they flow and put rhymes together is similar. They’re voices are also kinda similar too. Anyway, this latest project is only 7 tracks long, so I was expecting it to be all killer and no filler, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The EP begins with ChicaGOAT, which is loaded with bars.

I think the production from Memo is pretty dope, but the main appeal of the song for me is just Vakill’s rapping. I love the way this song is structured. Vakill is just spazzing the whole time with no hook or bridge. His flow is effortlessly smooth. He slaughtered this track.

I can palm a planet
Split it in half, and kill every seed that's connected to your existence like pomegranates
The truth emergin'
Try to resuscitate, execute the surgeon
Body your ancient, present, and future version
Time travel commute like a terminator reboot
And shoot the virgin version of mama before the prostitute conversion

I don’t really have any complaints. I think the song is dope as hell. The following track is entitled Focus, and it has an amazing beat from Nottz. I seriously think it’s one of the best beats I’ve heard all year. Vakill murdered the first verse too.

My agenda is simple
Only resortin' to hammers and iron to shield my green
"Avengers assemble"
Today's lesson: always keep the DEA guessin'
You never leave DNA resin when them triggers on that K present
Text flesh if the pay less
And test him, you'll get swung at faster than cameras in Ye's presence

I probably misquoted some of those bars, but I think I got most of them correct. That Avengers line was crazy to me, and the Kanye line was pretty funny. The hook is pretty solid, and I think the second verse from J.U.I.C.E. is pretty good. I can’t really decide what my favorite aspect of the song is between the production and the first verse from Vakill. The song is really dope. The most exciting song in the tracklist for me was Vest Check 1, 2.

The reason I was anticipating this song so much is because of the Twista feature. I’ve never reviewed any of Twista’s albums because I think the music he makes is pretty bad to be honest. However, he always slaughters features. He’s a really talented MC. Anyway, Vakill fucking murdered the first verse. The first couplet alone really blew me away.

My pet peeve gettin’ wet sleeves
From submerging the game underwater, deciding who to let breathe

I could’ve done without the F bomb, but aside from that his first verse was fire. I don’t know who I’m more impressed by between him and Twista. They both spazzed. I’m really glad Vakill came back in for another verse at the end of the track. The dark production from S.C. didn’t really stand out that much to me, but I think it works well as a backdrop for Vakill & Twista’s intricate rhymes. This is probably the most lyrical song on the whole project. I think it’s dope as hell. The last song I wanna talk about it is called Catalog of Filth, and it features Vinnie Paz. The beat from Nottz is pretty solid, and the first verse from Vakill is fire. I was pretty disappointed that Vinnie Paz was just relegated to the hook, but it is what it is I guess. It would’ve been awesome to hear a verse from him, but Vakill held it down on his own. The song is pretty good.

This project is pretty great. I think it’s even better than Armor of God to be honest. The production is pretty dope for the most part, and Vakill slaughtered every single verse here. If you’re into underground Hip Hop and dudes that can really rap, this project is for you. There are only 7 tracks, so there was no room for error, and thankfully Vakill didn’t slip up once. I like every single track here. I just hope we don’t have to wait another 10 years for his next project. Check it out and let me know what you think. It’s really dope to me.

Favorite Song: ChicaGOAT
Least Favorite: Catalog of Filth


Watch the video below for more thoughts on this project.

Grade: B+

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