Sac-town rapper Chuuwee and Denver rapper/producer Shae Money, together known as SMC, join forces to bring forth their latest offering to the mixtape game, The Great GatZby. The 16-track mixtape features guest appearances from the likes of Skyzoo Planet Asia, DJ Ready Cee, Robb Peezy, Ruste Juxx and Sean Price, throughout the conceptual project.
Shae Money, who produced the entire set, and Chuuwee work to deliver a hip-hop rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, with references to the novel and uses of dialogue from the film throughout the project. Each track on the mixtape is unique, from the different topics discussed to the style of production.
Dialogue from the film, sounds of pouring drinks and relaxing party music create the laid-back vibe of the first track, “Unnecessary (Intr0).” This record kicks off the mixtape, setting a cool atmosphere that continues through the rest of project. Chuuwee’s flows complement Shae Money’s production well, as he raps of being “sought after like Gatsby” with “a lot of misconceptions about what I got going on,” making the record a solid track.
The Great GatZby continues with the vibe switch-up of ”Lots of Stuff,” a record about selling drugs, and “California 2,” a smooth track with impressive bars. Shae Money’s production on title track, “The Great GatZby,” consists of a recurring set with complementing beats, making this record one of the standouts on the mixtape, as far as production goes.
All throughout the project, SMC’s use of conversations from the film weaved into the Shae Money’s production and Chuuwee’s flows further drive the Gatsby theme.
The use of dialogue from scenes where neighbors Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway converse in The Great Gatsby film in the “Met The Neighbors (Fuck ‘Em)” track pair well with the idea of the mysterious neighbor Chuuwee raps of in the song. You finally hear a feature on the street banger, “10-4 What It’s Hittin Foe?,” with bars from Denver emcee Robb Peezy over a fresh beat with great percussion work in its production.
SMC continue to deliver a Gatsby theme with two records that refer to relationships and heartbreak with “Habla Espanana” and the real lyrics of ”Price of Love” paired perfectly with the dialogue from a passionate scene from the film.
Robb Peezy returns to help Chuuwee spit bars on “It’s Real,” followed by the hilarious “Silky Smooth (Interlude).” Planet Asia joins in for a feature on the production-heavy and lyrically hot “Lit…Loaded…Lust…” The collaborations continue with the next track, “Estrada 31,” with bars from Skyzoo, Planet Asia and DJ Ready Cee.
In “What’s Your Favor?” Chuuwee raps about his frustration with haters and social media hostility. The mixtape’s lead single, “Treacherous Lands,” is a gritty joint that features fitting bars from Brooklyn rappers Sean Price and Ruste Juxx. The set ends well with Chuuwee’s rhythmic flows and Shae Money’s hazy production, paired perfectly with his beats in “I Give You GatZby (Outro)”
The Great GatZby is definitely a solid project from the SMC duo, with Shae Money’s impressive production work and Chuuwee’s phenomenal bars telling a hip-hop rendition of the classic and mysterious F. Scott Fitzgerald story.