It’s been a while since Joey Purp’s last solo-project was released. The Purple Tape was released back in 2012, and that feels like it was such a long time ago. Joey has recently released his latest mixtape, iiiDrops, and it was well worth the wait.
Joey Purp has been a force in Chicago’s underground scene for quite a while now. He’s one-half of the Leather Corduroys hip-hop duo with fellow Savemoney member Kami De Chukwu. They have two incredibly good projects titled, Porno Music Volume II: TSFR & Season. If you haven’t listened to those, go check them out.
Despite all the great quality music that Joey has produced, he has not blown up like some of his colleagues have….YET. Savemoney members Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Towkio have all recently experience widespread success. Joey Purp looks to be the next one to shine, and he deserves it. In my opinion, he’s one of the most talented members of the crew. He is one of the best lyricists if not the best, in the crew. iiiDrops looks like it will be the project to put Joey Purp on the map.
Let’s talk about iiiDrops now. Let me just start off by saying that this is a really good mixtape. I honestly enjoyed this from beginning to end. This project is eleven tracks long and in those tracks, Joey takes us through his young self. We learn about his struggles to find his vision clearly in the city of Chicago. Throughout the mixtape he focuses on the conflicting nature of Chicago’s split personality. If you’re from Chicago, I’m pretty sure you will agree with his portrayal of The Windy City. If you listen closely to Joey, you’ll become aware of the horrors he’s actually speaking about.
The features in this tape continue to demonstrate how rooted in to Chicago iiiDrops is because all the artists featured in this tape are from Chicago. This tape includes appearances from, Chance The Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Vic Mensa, Saba, theMind, and Teddy Jackson. Of all these features, Mick Jenkins makes the best contribution in “Money & Bitches.”
The first song of this mixtape, “Morning Sex” is easily one of my favorites. That song immediately set the tone for this tape, and it’s just so good overall. He talks about something that is so real in our city. Some other favorites of mine are, “Cornerstore,” “When I’m Gone,” “Kids,” & “Escape.” I point those out as some of my favorites because they touch on heavier topics. This tape is not all gritty and horror though. There are tracks like “Godbody,” “Photobooth,” & “Girls” that will set off tons of parties this summer.
I know a lot of people are still focusing much of their attention to Chance’s new release but set aside some time and check out iiiDrops. The tape is filled with so much, and you’ll love breaking it all down. Trust me. Give Joey Purp some love. He more than deserves it. This was an excellent project. It is his best work so far. I anticipate myself listening to this a lot this summer. You can listen to it entirely below and download it via MixtapeMonkey. GO LISTEN!