On Tuesday, Lou Williams dropped his first mixtape “Here Goes Nothin’.” Being that it’s August and we are starved of anything even remotely basketball related to talk about, Cole Patty and I, HawksHoop’s resident amateur hip-hop critics, had a lengthy email conversation about the mixtape. You can listen to the mixtape here. (Also, please spare us the “He should be in the gym” comments. Lou spends an inordinate amount of time in the gym. He’s allowed to have a hobby, especially when he’s good at it. AwesomeThanks)
Robby: Cole, the day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: LOU WILL’S MIXTAPE DROPPED! We’ve been talking about this for what, a couple months?! After listening to it for the first time, I must say that it was worth the wait. A 16 track mixtape was a lot more than I expected, and I was impressed by the quality of the tape top to bottom. I expected it to have a few solid tracks, but wasn’t sure he could produce a full tape. I gotta say I’m impressed.
Cole: Yea, Lou definitely picked up some of the tricks of the trade from his fellow Philly native Meek Mill. Also an interesting part of the mixtape is how these songs are grouped together. It isn’t just a random collection of songs that sound exactly like the single “Playin,” it is more set up with an album that features both tracks where LouWillville swags out and songs where we see the emotional side of Lou Williams. As funny as it was when Williams drops the “I use to rap about bitches and money and now I rap about… bitches and money” line, it was also cool to listen to him rhyme a tribute to the late Lil Snupe – which Lil Snupe was one of Meek Mill and Williams’ better friends.
Robby: I’m glad you brought up how it felt more like an album than a mixtape. Mixtapes tend to be unorganized and have one singular tone throughout. “Here Goes Nothin” had a lot more depth to its content than I anticipated, and like you said bounced around from bangers to slower, more emotional tracks.