Published Sep 16, 2014Last November, Yung Gleesh enjoyed a spike in relevancy when he dropped "Its Sad Boy," which featured polarizing Swedish sad boy Yung Lean. Since then, the street-wise Washington, D.C.-based trap rapper, in between a performance at Fool's Gold Day Off event in New York City, has been busy whippin' up some work for you to throw your snapback and move your wrists clockwise to.
Cleansides Finest 3, which dropped on Livemixtapes, is the result. Featuring some impressive production selects from buzzing producers like Zaytoven, Dolan Beats and TrapMoneyBenny, this mixtape showcases a confident Gleesh, who declares street rap dominance and drug game finesse through the entire project. Employing regional and Gleesh-invented slang (like calling a gun a dog, for example), Gleechie chants on hooks — again and again — about subjects near and dear to trap music. In between some excellent turnt up, po'd down tracks like "Turned Down" featuring Atlantan Peewee Longway, one of the best songs on the tape, this mixtape is unfortunately plagued by long stretches of generic mixtape rap.
Cleansides Finest 3 suffers from way, way too much same-y mixtape music in between decent concepts and production selects. If it were only six songs long, it'd be way better. But sifting through 18 tracks only more greatly exposes the obvious regurgitation going on in this project, and hides the unique cadence and solicitous energy Yung Gleesh is sometimes capable of. (Independent)