Ogun Pushes The Button To Launch A New All-Star Mixtape Series
In February, 5 Seasons held an event billed as a â€śRap Retirement and Birthday Partyâ€ť in honor of Baltimore hip-hop veteran Ogun. And while it appears that the days of Ogun solo releases are indeed over, he continues to make his presence felt in the local music community. Just a couple months later, heâ€™s released #Letspushthebutton, a mixtape featuring a veritable whoâ€™s who of Baltimore MCs, with Ogun himself only rapping once, on the collaboration â€śNo Pen, No Hookâ€ť with Stop Sign Slim and Skarr Akbar.
#Letspushthebutton focuses largely on the older generation of Baltimore rappers, many of whom have been crewing with Ogunâ€™s Gritty Gang collective for years. And often, the artists who are closer to the current pulse of the scene, like King Los or Starrz, are represented with tracks that appeared on their own most recent solo releases. The quality varies wildly from track to trackâ€”SoSyncereâ€™s â€śMBCCâ€ť sounds like a potential hit and â€śSinnerâ€ť by Sonny Reddz is a compelling, introspective cut, but many more songs quickly fade into the background. â€śMatter of Timeâ€ť by Bigg Cali is featured in only a 30-second snippet that passes by so quickly that its inclusion at all seems pointless.
#Letspushthebutton may be a bit scattershot, but no more so than The Movement mixtapes that Ogun was assembling a decade ago. Those discs, however, were an exciting and novel way to tap into Baltimore hip hop at the time. Today, in a far more sophisticated and competitive mixtape market, the package feels a little quaint and outdated (as do, frankly, some of the songs, which sound like theyâ€™re stuck in circa 2002 mainstream rap). Download #Letspushthebutton on AllBmoreHipHop.com or DatPiff.com.