KillerHipHop Exclusive: ‘Zoo Life: The Odyssey’ x Timmy Titus (Mixtape + Review)
Everyone has a dream. A dream to be a doctor, lawyer, physical therapist, or maybe a stripper. Who knows? But in Bergen County, New Jersey, a young man named Timmy Titus has a dream of being the best rapper he can be and just make it to stardom. He wants to win the hearts of hip-hop lovers and show he has what it takes to get to the top.
With a KillerHipHop Exclusive, Timmy Titus was gracious enough to premier his new mixtape, “ZooLife: The Odyssey” to the greatest hip-hop fans in the world. I, Eric The Kidd, decided to put on my Beats Pro and do a track by track review on this mixtape. You’ll be surprised to hear the final production of this mixtape. It was something I did not expect.
For album stream, download, tracklist, and track by track review check after the jump…
*Update* Fixed Link | MediaFire
*Dr. Dre Beats are on and in full effect, I close my eyes and begin to listen…*
1. Intro – I really like the creative of Titus in this one. The scripture he is reciting actually comes from a speech called, “Citizenship in a Republic” given by former US President, Theodore Roosevelt. The background music is from Adimeus. It’s the title of a series of Vocalise-style albums by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. It is also the title of the opening track on the first album in the series, Songs of Sanctuary. I like how he introduced the fact that we will be going through an ‘Odyssey’ adventure within his music.
2. Wow, Oh Wow – AOW. I like, I like. Produced by ‘Marco’, this beat is type official. I really like the energetic flow I get with it too. I can see myself making a music video to this song and having the visuals go back and forth with the slow-motion option. The video would be about me chillan with my boys doing some wild sh-t. So on and so forth. Dope. I give it a 4 out of 5.
“food for thought, that’s why I get munchies on the weekend”
3. Re Up – Ahhh man, I love it, eff ‘like‘. I can’t just like this song. This flow is so soothing and relaxing. I feel like im just chillan in my dorm room just telling stories to my homeboys. That’s the visionary I get with this song. Timmy did bring some fire, lyrically. I have to say this but it does remind me of a young Drake in “The Comeback Season” mixtape. It’s a compliment that I, myself, would be proud of. I give it a 5 out of 5.
“Too deep, must of had a Roofie; ‘Mister. Cant Recall The Swagger He Ripped Off’…Loose Leaf”
4. Destroy – This track is pretty good, but can do better. Don’t really like the production behind it. I feel like I would only like it if I was high on ‘shrooms and I don’t float that boat. Its good but not good enough. I thought Timmy was going to have a streak of great songs but this one kind of lost it’s flow, BUT ITS OKAY THOUGH! Lyrically, Timmy still brought it to the table. I give it a 2.75 out of 5.
5. Willy Wonka – Oh man. Timmy makes up for his tiny fallback on ‘Destroy’ with this song. With samples from “Pure Imagination” by Willy Wonka himself (below) and production by Kidfresco, this song has the ill flow. The flow that is certified head bopping. Love it. Timmy is also flaming metaphors and similes in the song as each lyrical coming out of his mouth sounds like an extra beat to the song. I give it a 5 out of 5.
“you would feel like mario, shooting out of a cannon”
6. Elevator Music – This song has that Pittsburgh, Mac Miller flow. I like it. This was Timmy’s first single coming off the mixtape. The story behind the song is entertaining and also creative as fluck. The visuals of the song is pretty dope too. Check out the video (below). I give it a 4 out of 5.
7. Good Days – I see Timmy doe. He brought that some-what Pete Rock/DJ Premier produced beats on this ‘tape. I like it. Cool breeze flow. True head bop song, and the wordplay in the song was brought again. I give it a 3 out of 5, because many songs are made this way. But it is a good song.
8. She Must Be Royalty (Interlude) – This track is just basically a sample from the movie “Troy”. The scene is where the enemies were holding the king’s daughter hostage. Just a little fun skit to listen to and get the listeners exciting for the rest of the mixtape.
9. California Girl – Rock N Roll flow? Niiice *Fab’s voice*. Bringing a different sound is good. The crazy part is that this sounds super official. I feel like this is his debut album under a major label, but it isnt. Great production with this song. 5 out of 5.
10. I’m GOOD -Timmy Titus is Timmy Titus. He might sound like rappers who already made it but he is different. Coincidentally similar traits in their music but each one is different. But this song is good, could do better in production, I’ve heard beats similar to this many times but it’s good. I give it a 3 out of 5.
11. Daffy Duck ft. Aeolus Finch - Do not skip this song. I know the beginning is a little, “Uh?” but let it rock cause these two brought out passion in those lyrics and the beat will catch on to you. With the first verse getting vacancy by Aeolus Finch, the flow gets better and better. Then Timmy takes over the next verse and its a wrap. Great song. The production of the song (which is by Hanz Durkyl) is really good. Love the edgy-ness in the record. I give it a 4 out of 5.
12. Money and Power ft. Richie Stacks – Mmmm interesting. I really didn’t expect this song to do good. But it did. The pain and passion Timmy puts into his words are truly substantial. The hook is really catchy too. Richie Stacks did his thing, too. I like. I give it a 3 out of 5 because I would need to hear the song a couple of times so it can grow on me.
13. In My Zone - Produced by Hanz Durkyl again, the song is okay in the beginning but then you realized he sampled “Ni**as In Paris”. But I’m still not really feeling the beat. Timmy again delivers great punchlines and flow. Could of been better. 3 out of 5.
“Call Gary Coleman because I be hitting women up like it’s ‘Different Strokes'”
14. Im Dreaming – Okay, how do I explain this. I love, I really do love the lyricism in the song. Especially the subliminal about his resemblance to Sir Aubrey Graham. It’s just that the beat seems to simple. The creativity was alive then this song just brought it back to neutral. This isn’t any disrespect just constructive criticism for the future cause Timmy can make this so much better. I know he can. 3 out of 5.
“You see the haters are out here saying I resemble Drizzy, but the fans know it’s Timmy stay repping for his city”
15. Crazy Nights – Okay, okay. I see where this song is going. It had me boppin my head with my Beats Pros on. The flow and lyricism Timmy brings is dope. He goes slow then fast. The tempo is important for any rap song and Titus accomplished that.
16. The Odyssey (Outro) - Just a small skit of what has been concluded.
17. Bonus Track – Time Bomb ft. Arsonal : Now the history behind this song is where a couple a months back, NJ’s Arsonal who is known for his great underground rap battles was doing a competition on Twitter where he released an instrumental and whoever had the best verse will be included in the song with Arsonal’s feature. Timmy had won second place with this song, only reason because the winner wanted to go more thug-ish in his song and Arsonal was looking for that type of lyricism. But in my opinion Timmy should of won. The kid’s flow on this is spectacular and one of a kind. Just listen to it yourself. I think he even out did Arsonal on his own song.
“Ima tick-tick-tick time bomb/ You should get a hit of this of what im on/ Kush. Lit. Blunt. Look bigger than a Python”
My Overall Review: A kid with such ambition and pride, Timmy Titus is headed to the right path of success. The kid is only 20 years old and already accomplishing things that take rappers years to do. Hitting local college tours and performances, Titus will get to the top in just a matter of time. Again, Timmy Titus is Timmy Titus, and no one else. People can say he sounds like Drake, but at the end he’s not. Timmy is who he wants to be and people have accept that. I was looking for things to criticize Timmy for but I just couldn’t find it to be completely blunt with ya’ll.
This mixtape raised my eyebrows and noticed that there is great music within the unknown. It just takes time and a great deal of communication with his fans. I give this mixtape a 4 out of 5 Killerstars because the lyricism was there. The boy can spit. It’s just 3 or 4 tracks I would have to listen to it twice just so it can grab my attention. Timmy Titus will be up there. The music in this mixtape are for people who are willing to listen to true hip-hop. No commercial music over here. Do not forget the name and where you guys found him from. He is making New Jersey proud and hip-hop smile.
Artwork: Peter Russo