Promoted via four singles that sounded straight out of a 3020 strip-club, Liquid Snake’s first full length project is a masterfully produced collection of tracks that effectively completes the rapper’s artistic evolution and marks him as an artist with truly unlimited potential. Tune in here.
One of the key aspects of Metal Gear Sexxx’s success is the beat selection. Provided exclusively by sixtythree666, this tape’s production is a series of spectral synth work and guttural, subterranean percussion. With twelve tracks on offer here, Snake and sixtythree are given ample time to build upon their existing chemistry. The duo’s journey from the explosive ‘Snake Charmer’ to smoother cuts like ‘Cherry Blossom’ and ‘Shang Tsung’. ‘Smooth’ is probably a poor word choice however, as there’s nothing easy on the ears about the nightmarish beats that Snake lays vocals down on. However, the less aggressive approach that the rapper adopts on these tracks does really benefits the album’s flow and ultimately adds to the eclectic nature of his discography. Like sex jam ‘Jaded’ before it, this project’s softer moments bring the best out of his bars and allow to display the full extent of his rapping talent.
There’s a constant sense of chaos to this tape, it can be felt on every song from the quiet menace of ‘Augmented’, to the autotune madness of ‘IMVU’, to the pure energy release of ‘Murdacyde’. Often buried in the sinister swell of sixtythree’s crushing work on the boards, Snake (alongside occasional features) occasionally plays second fiddle to what is going on around him yet always ensures to stand out and truly shine on each and every track. By the time tape highlight ‘O.B.E.’ rolls around, the Snake/sixtythree sound has been firmly established and leaves me desperately wanting more. I strongly consider this Snake’s rebirth as an artist and a sign of even more amazing music to come.
– Chris (@108mics)