In case you haven’t heard, Mickey Factz has been killing shit for a little over half a decade. Lyrics, concepts, flows, story telling, even making beats. But most recently, he released a project that is nearly impossible to not crown as his all-around best work to date. Entitled “Mickey MauSe”, this collection of songs depicts the life and times of an artist from the streets of 1980’s New York City. Despite Mickey MauSe being a fictional character, Mickey Factz dedicated 100% of his time & effort to bring this character to life. During the creating process, Factz transformed himself into MauSe by changing everything about his appearance, lifestyle and mental state. He stopped cutting his hair, he made adjustments to his daily routine, he studied to learn even more about the decade he was born in, the 80’s. He even dressed differently to get into character as much as possible. (Think Heath Ledger during the pre-production of “The Dark Knight”)
Already, Mickey had my undivided attention. I was intrigued by the sacrifices he was willing to make to perfect this tape. Especially in a time where Hip-Hop acts don’t spend as much time making a mixtape than they do shopping. (Not that there’s anything wrong with shopping.)
Painting on his clothes with a brush, MauSe wore his signature symbol. A question mark “?” with Disney’s Mickey Mouse’s trademark for a point, as seen on the cover artwork.
This was HIS trademark, spray painting it everywhere from subway stations to park benches etc. Mickey MauSe lives in an era amongst some of the most prolific street graffiti artists ever. Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Fab Five Freddy and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
I don’t want to go into depth about their roles or anything else for that matter. I don’t want to single out tracks either because i feel that every song is special in their own right. They’re all crucial to the big picture. I just wanted to give y’all a little background info to have an idea of the direction Mickey Factz took for this project when you listen.
Only thing left to say is…….i think this is one of the best, if not, THEE best mixtape of 2012 and just in recent memory.
There’s 24 hours in a day, it won’t hurt to use 1-2 of them trying something new. Especially for music.
Download it here —-> Mickey MauSe
One more thing: I thought the track list on the back cover was interesting. Take a look.