Based: Atlanta (via East L.A)
Similar to: Mack 10, Shawty Lo, Waka Flocka
Standout tracks: Veintiocho, Get Blessed, Hands In, I Love, Killaz On My Team, F*cked Up
Like it or not, Brick Squad have been carrying the torch for gangsta rap, in this era of estrogen filled music.
The latest mixtape from the Brick Squad Monopoly/Mexican Goon Mafia member, seems to follow the same formula but with an interesting twist.
Unlike other Atlanta trap rappers such as OJ & Gucci, Cartel MGM isn’t rhyming about sitting in the trap all day, serving the community. Nah, none of that. On his latest mixtape Mafia Made, you’re more likely to hear him talk of moving work across the border, enforcing debts & taxes, running mules.
“All I got in this world, is my 2 nuts//I die for what I stand for , dawg I do not give a fuck
She got 20 in the trunk, bitch, good luck!//Take it across the border and count some more bucks”
A cold and unapologetic style, this is a guy obsessed with the life of money, drugs and guns.
He seems an interesting character to me, because he rhymes about the same content as other rappers but from the perspective of a Mexican trafficker.
No delusions of grandeur or fake dope prices here. Cartel has no qualms about calling out rappers who don’t portray the lifestyle they talk about in their music.
“These rappers so fake – I call em counterfeit//Came up so quick thanks to the bricks”
The last rapper of Mexican descent to make an impact in hip hop was Kid Cudi, but Cartel has much more in common with Mack 10. Because like Mack 10, Cartel’s music sounds like he doesn’t have much thought about the consequences.
Good to see young Mexicans & Blacks putting aside street politics, to get this money together.