Bear witness to the undergrounds newest dynamic duo, Killah Priest and Tragedy Khadafi. While the combination may sound awkward, both possess similar qualities and traits, being underrated lyricist who represent the pain, angst and struggles of the ghetto. "The Black Market Mixtape Vol. 1" is to act as a precursor to their official release and is more or less a sample CD instead of a full length mixtape.
With only 4 tracks breaking past the two minute mark, Tragedy and KP's newest mixtape is a wasted effort. With the majority of the album being snippets, interludes and short lived freestyles, "The Black Market Mixtape" is one horribly constructed album. The album's only highlights are when Priest and Tragedy actually hook up and give us material. "Priesthood 2004" and "Tragedy 2004" are both artists respective freestyle attempts, which of course are clinics in lyrical excellence. "Thug Nation" featuring Clip is another solid collaboration, even though the song cuts off before we get a verse from Priest or Tragedy. The rest of the album is dedicated to KP's mediocre click the Maccabeez, who run through their usual freestyle joints.
We all know artists are protective over their material, but if you intend to release a mixtape at least give the fans some full length tracks instead of a barrage of pointless 1 minute clips. "The Black Market Mixtape" shouldn't even be consider a mixtape at all, instead its merely a snippet album that will do nothing but frustrate you in the end.