X.XIII. As in 10.13. As in today. As in the true arrival of Vegas emcee Nique! We are proud to present Nique's X.XIII, which you can see goes a lil' Usher 8701 on the title. But beyond the title, the mixtape is filled with 17 fresh NEW tracks featuring a different producer for every record, ensuring a variety of sounds to showcase Nique's skills on the mic. He keeps the features at a minimum, only reaching out to fellow Vegas hombre Marion Write and Mr. Music for the previously marveled single "So Many Girls".
After diving in for an in-depth listen to X.XIII, I come away even more impressed after the raised expectations set by said single with Mr. Music and the first single, "Boom Bap". On the whole, Nique showcases he has a grasp at crafting an entire project by first illustrating his skills as a straight emcee across the first half of the tape. He then transitions into the more emotional, lyrical half of the mixtape to give listeners a renewed feeling of freshness, also helped by dabbling into a slower and faster flow than his norm. You can really pick any song and find similes and double meanings that will raise the eyebrows, but if you are looking for a starting point, fire up "Three Two One". For something a little deeper, check out one of my early favorites "My Lies", which seamlessly transitions into "Plan B" f/ Marion Write. In fact, the message on that song of not needing a plan B made me smile and immediately think back to this motivational Will Smith video that is an all-time favorite of Maks G and I. After hearing the way Nique comes correct from top to bottom on X.XIII, I think he won't need a plan B as well. Seriously, there is notone track that I at least appreciate and many of which would earn that good *Tibs Fav.™ rating. Simply put, X.XIII is a must-download mixtape that is going to put Nique on the national map of up and coming rappers.
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