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OCM – One Crazy Mexican’s latest recording, “Talking To Myself” the mixtape, offers his usual; some of his greatest flows, and some of his rawest lyrics ever heard. This mixtape is perfect for fans of his previous music, as well as newcomers to the table, and doesn’t disappoint, keeping the momentum of his last excellent album. In fact, this is one of the few modern rap albums I can listen to all the way through, with its brilliantly haunting and original production. OCM is extremely talented in creating his horrorcore storylines, although this time around he branches out in other lyrical themes too. His lyrics and flows only compliment the captivating recording that plays out like a movie.

OCM’s rhythmic flow is fantastic. His skillful cutting up of lines and his varied forms of emphasis keep the songs kicking as they go by. There is a far larger focus on hooks than one would expect from this this type of hard-hitting subject matter, but it works favorably with the production style showcased.

While his contemporaries often fall into a pit of self-satire, OCM is distinguished by his seriously over-the-top, but yet very much sober rhyming. Born in Phoenix Arizona, and rapping out of San Antonio in a little town called Devine, OCM has a passion for horrorcore raps.

After starting out at as early as 13, and then taking a long break, OCM started rapping seriously again at 22, releasing his first song a year later. Since then he has released 2 EP’s “When Devils Pray” and “The Monster Within”.  “Talking To Myself”, the mixtape, represents his ongoing artistic evolution. OCM remains a compelling and strangely believable tour guide through his journey of soul-searching and darkness.

The lines spat, mix a believable narrative and extreme interpretations, resulting in some crespular and explicit lyrics. The result is a somewhat surreal experience; OCM creates a mysterious, somber atmosphere and storyline, and offers immersion in it with some more realistic notions.

“Talking To Myself” the mixtape, also benefits from its extensive showcasing of maliciously dark bass and heavy drums providing the foundation for most of the beats. OCM sounds absolutely perfect on these beats and I might even go as far as to say that this album presents the most fitting sound that he has received so far in his career.

The most impressive tracks being “good as it gets” (prod. by syndrome beats), “lunatic” (prod. by Ryini Beats), “evil inside of me” (prod. by TunnaBeats), “out the door” (prod. nobe ing gang beats), “changing” (prod.kaveil Beats) and the title track “talking to myself” ( prod. syndrome).

On most thematic hip-hop albums and mixtapes, skits completely bother me and usually prove a hindrance to my attention and the album’s overall flow. This doesn’t happen here, as OCM – One Crazy Mexican’s keeps the mixtape brimming with songs and music, avoiding skits.

So what about OCM’s performances? One Crazy Mexican is arguably at the pinnacle of his skill and technique. He can rap fast, slow, a flow going here, a flow going there. He has incredible dynamics and he can convincingly embody the mind and soul of his lyrics and stories.

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