The first minute of “For Da 99,” the third track from Kirko Bangz’ Progression V mixtape finds Bangz not only rapping in a distorted, almost guttural like flow but also taking aim at potentially taking Nicki Minaj to bed. “Real H-Town shit, ya dig?” he asks listeners over a shrill, syrupy flip of Justin Timberlake’s “Until The End Of Time” and for much of Progression V, we’re inclined to agree with him.

Five installments in, Kirko decided to cancel out all distractions and vices and lock himself in his Atlanta apartment to record and finish this tape. He kicks his petty up a few notches on “Watch What I Do,” a pretty Sound M.O.B. guitar loop by looking at an ex and out-doing every dream and aspiration she had for herself. Aside from a four track section of the tape that gets features from Boston George, RiFF RaFF, Bando Jones and Kirko’s cousin Ken Randle, it’s a Bangz tape through and through. Even though he’s handled big name production well, he does weirdo cadences well here, contorting his voice on “288” and pulling old Kappa footage for the wind flutes and Too $hort style narration for “At Da Kappa” produced by Kydd Jones.

Kirko’s been knocked on more than a few occasions for not outright rapping on tapes, being a singles rapper who knows how to make a hit. For every “Vent” (this one produced by DJ DMD of all people), there’s plenty other fodder from Progression V to show the other side, the one that makes Bangz pretty damn formidable radio wise. Considering how zeroed in and focused he was here and how he only nabbed production from the aforementioned Jones, Scott Pace, Bud & Keyz, Lacemode & the aforementioned Sound M.O.B., Progression V was meant to stick to the script: Houston leaning, defensive and braggadocios in plenty of blinding diamonds and imitable flows.

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