Chameleon might the best word to describe Milwaukee’s own Real McCoy. The 26-year-old McCoy generated small attention locally in 2011 as one half of the duo KingPenz with C-Nova. Joining rap & art collective Rebel S0ul (founded by artist Watley Yeltaw) a year later in 2012 helped him find a place where his talents were unique amongst a group of creative minds. After three mixtapes full of industry production and an original EP as the duo KingPenz, McCoy is back with an original mixtape entitled Meanwhile; with topics varying from personal struggles like drugs and sex as an escape. Real McCoy says he only just getting started to hone in on his unique, whacky yet bar heavy delivery.
Meanwhile is not what you’ll expect from the description. For how experienced McCoy is, I truly was overwhelmed on how mediocre this mixtape was. Real McCoy is a really great rapper but his style of rapping and the production didn’t mesh well at all. Maybe if the production was just as animated as he was, then maybe this tape would be worth another listen. The highlight of this tape is a song called “Neutral (No feelings RMX),” produced by Vinyl. That truly is the best song on this tape and by the way it’s a bonus track. For his next project, I hope he looks at his older work for inspiration and forgets that Meanwhile exists.
So it’s obvious that you should skip on downloading this project. The production and the rapping go together like sardines and jelly instead of peanut butter and jelly. Real McCoy is a talented rapper. This project just doesn’t showcase that. Hopefully on his next project, he goes into beast mode and shows us what he is truly made of. –Pooh Bailey