Bryce – Indeed: 2K3 Player Vision (Mixtape Review)
Indeed: 2K3 Player Vision (listen/download)
Remember Muncie, Indiana artist Bryce? Well he’s back with another mixtape. This one is titled Indeed: 2K3 Player Vision. The tape holds a total of 11 songs and was produced by Bryce himself. He ran into a few bumps in the road putting the project together but ultimately declares it as some of his best work to date. Continue reading after the break to find out just how accurate of a sentiment that is.
The production here is orthodox. It entails: a grounded foundation, quirky background components, an offbeat rhythm, and an easy going vibe. Additionally, there are excerpts from the theme song of the hit television show The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air cleverly intertwined with the beat. There is no hook placed on this track. The continuous verse is good. Bryce exhibits an energetic flow, quick wordplay, and quality rhymes. He reflects traits that deem him worthy of the regal song title. A couple of standout lines include: “One cool buck. Breezy as a fan. Why I gotta explain it if you don’t understand? That s–t sound personal. Roll me up a personal. Smoke it by myself. N—as watching, like f–k it bro. Can I hit it one time for the one time? If you put in, you can smoke that’s just fine. If you ain’t then n—a this is all mine. Unless you my n—a from the day when we as all dying.” One has to delight in the charisma and realness stemming from those bars. Overall, this song is a hit.
The production here is meritable. It consists of a low key bass, subtle musical elements, a measured pace, and a serious vibe. Also, it incorporates a hint of a sample from the smash hit “Mercy” by the one and only Kanye West. The hook is fair. The delivery is intriguing and the lyrics are logical. There is only one verse. It’s a solid collective. Bryce’s flow isn’t the best. He gets points for trying to be versatile but the odd nature of the delivery is just not appealing. However, his wordplay and rhymes are fine. He gives a detailed glimpse into the life of a street hustler. A few lines worth observing are: “Fiends be getting high. We don’t mean no harm. We just some n—as getting by. (…) Gangstas don’t make noise. But get out of pocket we gone pull out all the toys. What you know about it? N—as they be bout it. Forced to go outside cause they houses be too crowded. Summertime is hot. Wintertime is cold. Everyday is Christmas cause my n—as move that snow.” Those words paint a quality vivid image. In the end, this is a decent effort.
“Hear Ye Hear Ye”
The production here is first-rate. The hushed base, discreet secondary ingredients, consistent tempo, and aggressive vibe work favorably together. The hook is garden-variety. The delivery features the odd staggering nature mentioned in the previous song and the lyrics are simple. There is a slight memorable element present though. Once again, only a single verse is used. The verse is dope. Bryce dishes up a well-bred flow, efficient wordplay, and estimable rhymes as he flexes the more cut throat side of his persona. He spits: “Can you hear me? N—as trying to kill me. I just keep it real. And I hope that they will feel me. Can you hear me? Is anybody listening? If not, I hope you watch ya back cause I’m a catch you slipping. Can you hear me? Would you care if I showed up at ya doorstep, pistol in the air? Can you hear me? I can see the b—h in a n—a. Hate in ya eyes. My vision is clearer.” Intense scenario being put forth in those bars right there. All in all, this track is a winner.
**My Two Cents: Indeed: 2K3 Player Vision is a valid tape. It is definitely a step up from Bryce’s last submission. Which means he’s showing improvement and that is always a good thing. His flow & rhymes are still legit and the production was handled nicely. He just needs to be careful when experimenting with new styles/sounds. As a whole, Indeed: 2K3 Player Vision does in fact live up to the classification of being Bryce’s best work so far. Props to him for taking his craft to the next level. -MinM