Remember Marcus Manchild's Preseason 2?
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There are probably more than a few people who might argue that Marcus Manchild is the best rapper in the entire influx of Houstonians with microphones. Most recently (or memorably, perhaps), he managed to outduel everybody on the official unofficial version of the new era "June 27" track, edging out the furious Propain justbarelybythismuch.
Still, he, like most of the guys who hover near the top of the food chain here in town, is mostly an unknown element. Preseason 2, his 337th mixtape (or something), is his latest attempt at resolving that particular injustice.
Yallmustaforgotability: 97 percent
Best Feature on the Tape: Several others show up on P2 - Slim Thug, L-E-Dollar Sign, Killa Kyleon, J-Dawg, Delo, more - but tops is out-of-towner Big K.R.I.T.'s work on the frothy "A Million." It would've been reeeaaallly cool if K.R.I.T. was from Houston, because he is almost always enjoyable, but since he's not we'll point out how he, at times, appears to actively sound like Pimp C, which can be a tad grating.
Most Surprising Track on the Tape: The spontaneous combustion of the intro is exciting. And Devin the Dude's buttery coo on "Never Low" is downright nostalgic. And Ira Perez provides an interesting juxtaposition to Manchild on "No Trust" that is still worthwhile. But nowhere does Manchild flex his marketability (that's what this is really all about, right?) than on the melodic/gummy/entirely Drakeian "We Wrong."