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R&B Mixtape Review: Omarion’s “Care Package”

Maybach Music Group (2012)

B2K seems so long ago, doesn’t it? The standout singer of the group, Omarion, has matured right in front of our very eyes. The newly rechristened “Maybach O” has a new lease on life and is ready to make way more panties hit the floor. His first project under the Maybach Music Group banner comes courtesy of his newest mixtape, Care Package.

The intro starts off the tape with an audio clip of some private session between O and one of his many late night rendezvous. It’s not too sleazy or passionate, but it certainly sounds like its leading up to some love making. Thankfully, we’re given Omarion’s first song off the project (“Admire”). Rapper Problem and fellow R&B crooner Tank join O on a mellow track about a certain stripper they can’t help but be addicted to. Omarion hooks up with Texas rapper Trae The Truth for the next track (“Arch Your It”). The sexually charged lyrics are expected and Trae’s fast flow compliments the bass heavy production.

“Private Dancer” continues the theme of Omarion’s dedication to those hard working pole performers. At this point, the mixtape starts to falter a bit due to this song’s over reliance on overused concepts. Rick Ross steps in for a Birdman-like inspirational interlude.  Just as things were starting to get a bit boring, the Bawse and his big boy talk revives this mixtape and moves onto the next batch of tracks.

Shady Records’ Joe Budden joins Omarion on the following track “Trouble.” This track is one of the stronger efforts on the mixtape, thanks to the catchy beat and Budden’s outstanding verse. “Out Loud” has Omarion professing his readiness in the bedroom towards some lucky lady; This song is sure to be the tune that O’s female followers will gravitate to towards the most.

The best song on this entire project happens to be the most publicized track, “M.I.A.” This ode to getting over a broken relationship and a broken heart also features a worthy verse from MMG’s Wale. Omarion lets listeners know that he’s no longer looking for love through lyrics that express his hateful emotions. The MMG artist chemistry is quite evident on this one.

The finishing stretch of the mixtape finally comes to a close with “Ode To Tae,” in which O pours his heart out to a special someone over a calming instrumental. No bass or snare is needed for this impassioned plea; Omarion sings his heart out and ends everything on a somber yet powerful note.

Care Package is certainly a solid project that offers a perfect intro to Omarion’s MMG album debut. Longtime fans will get more of the same (which isn’t a bad thing), and newcomers to Maybach O’s movement will also appreciate the mixtape. It’s not particularly groundbreaking or different from the R&B norm, yet it’s still a decent audio offering.

Rick Ross made the right move on this guy. Omarion is ready to create more “Black Magic” with the MMG camp behind him.

 

3 / 5 stars     

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Elton Jones (no relation to the guy who sings "Bennie and The Jets") is a huge fan of rap, hip-hop and R&B. His favorite artists range from golden era rap crews such as A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, to today's current rap stars like Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar. Elton appreciates every facet of the urban music genre and follows the major developments that are made within the industry. Elton obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Saint Augustine's College in 2010. With his degree in hand, he now looks to make a lasting impact in the world of music journalism. He also hopes to attend a SXSW and Rock The Bells concert someday.

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