You'll see the cover art below, which I personally adore.
On the back you have *dramatic drumroll*...chronologically correct and organized track listing! Hooray! While Clay and Psychopathic fucked up royally the first time, at least they learned from their mistake and got it right the second time around. There's the licensing shit on the back, of course. Something else worth mentioning is that while the past tape had more of a focus on light gray, this mixtape features a focus on a saturated brown color.
On the inside of the flap you have Clay wearing old-timey mobster attire, keeping in line with the theme of the tape's art. Right next to Clay you have your chronologically correct track listing, and then the CD on the right. It's modeled to look like a vinyl record again, except with a brown center ring instead of a grey one. Again, there are shoutouts in the CD rest. Nothing really unique here, but it's a nice touch anyway.
Now, the main difference between this tape and the first tape is that this tape is actually well-produced. Everything from the intro to the last track is held down with better content than the last entry. That's not to say there aren't any holes in the mixtape, and I hate to point fingers, but "Juggalo" is hands-down one of the worst songs I've ever heard on a Psychopathic release. Point is, there are some tracks I'm not a huge fan of, but it is still much better than the first entry.
The producers aren't that different or anything, but everything from the content of the CD to the arrangement is a massive improvement. Therefore, it's naturally a lot better than the shoddy, disorganized mess the first tape was. The production is varied with multiple producers featured on the mixtape, and a large selection of artists from the label as well as features from outside the label. This mixtape does cater to Juggaos while also offering content that is open to a broader audience, which is a nice touch. It's definitely an underground release.
I would recommend this tape if you want something new and fresh to listen to for a little bit, but not if you're looking for something to flip your wig backwards. Let 'Em Bleed: The Mixxtape volume 2 is fresh and unique but not groundbreaking, and is a fairly solid release for the Hatchet. If you aren't a Juggalo, you don't have much reason to be fucking with this.
JRH gives "Let 'Em Bleed: The Mixxtape volume 2", by DJ Clay a: 2.8/5
- Lots of lyrical and musical variety
- Solid production
- Nice art
- DJ Clay has a nasty habit of reminding me that I'm listening to his mixtape in the middle of a track, and that shit gets annoying real quick
We've reached the halfway point, ninjas! Two out of four tapes have been reviewed! Make sure to drop by the page and show us some love! JRH OUT!