WVU Rapper Huey Mack Drops “Click” Mixtape

Huey Mack and Mike Stud

Huey Mack gets a lot of flack at West Virginia University for being an awkward Phi Si whose daddy gets him radio play, but, really, the kid is earning it. His first couple of mixtapes Bright Lights and Long Nights and Freshman 15 made a splash on his campus and on Datpiff. Apparently there was another one called A Boy Named Huey, but we don’t talk about that one. His newest drop, ambiguously titled Click is his latest foray into hip hop.

Check out the new mixtape on Datpiff here: http://www.datpiff.com/Huey-Mack-Mike-Stud-Click-mixtape.379764.html

The production on the tape is well done although the lack of a Big Jerm track is disappointing. The album begins and ends with Judge tracks, the former being far superior to the latter. Jon Kilmer’s contribution Hollywood is an upbeat examination of fame that B12C particularly enjoyed.

The highlight of Huey’s lyrics are undoubtedly his “realness”. The low-light (is that a real thing?) of his lyrics is a boring adherence to mainstream topicality. Yes, we get it, rappers like ladies and liquor. Occasionally he’ll touch on some personal, emotional issue in his rhymes, but rarely can the listener empathize with him. This is an element of immaturity you’d hope he would’ve discarded after a few mixtapes.

The problem frankly, is that he’s competing in a saturated market. In college rap we’ve been through Asher Roth, Mac Miller, Chris Webby, Sam Adams, Hoodie Allen and now Huey Mack  in less than a decade. So let’s break this sub-genre down real quick.

Asher Roth had the most commercial success and is probably the most respected by both successful and talented hip hop artists alike. His topicality is broad and his style is relatively mature.

Mac Miller peaked in the last year commercially and substantively. His wordplay is impressive but, like Huey, he suffers from narrow vision.

Chris Webby is arguably the best lyricist in the bunch (see Webster’s Laboratory) but hasn’t yet peaked in terms of popularity.

Sam Adams started out strong but we haven’t heard much from him since Boston’s Boy. B12C has big hopes for this one.

Hoodie Allen’s latest EP All American was great in many categories and in the long-term, our bets are on him (not counting Asher, who’s already made his mark).

Did we mention that Timeflies (from Timeflies Tuesday, google it) dropped a sweet mixtape?

So where does Huey fit in to this colorful (yet remarkably flat) landscape? Well firstly, we’re surely missing someone (tell us in the comments!), so don’t take this as a comprehensive analysis, but we don’t see where Mack can compete. Lyrically he’ll have a tough time and he’s not exactly the most charismatic guy. On top of this, it seems like Mike Stud (mentor or protege?) only serves to distract from Huey by seeming aloof in comparison.

Our advice to Huey? Carve a niche creatively by being yourself and not compromising artistically. We know that’s hard for a young artist to accept but its the only way he’ll pull ahead of the pack.

Our favorite Huey mixtape is his debut drop. Find it here: http://www.datpiff.com/Huey-Mack-Bright-Lights-And-Long-Nights-mixtape.159202.html

Hatfields and McCoys Big Win for Big 12 Addition West Virginia

Nothing gets middle america to the TV set like a good ol’ fashioned family feud. History Channel debuted its landmark miniseries Hatfields and McCoys on memorial day.

The show follows Kevin Costner as ‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield who feuds with Bill Paxton’s portrayal of Randolph McCoy. The lore is popular at West Virginia University among students, faculty and locals. There is even a dining cafe named after the Hatfields. So the families have expanded their enterprise out of blood feuds.

Although a distinctly american tale, much of the mini-series was filmed in Eastern Europe, Romania to be precise. The cast and crew endured a bit of chilly weather during filming. When Devil Anse gets baptized, Costner is actually enduring quite frigid temperatures.

The project also marked a step up for History Channel who is better known these days for shows like Ancient Aliens and Monster Quest, thanks in part to Comedy Central’s South Park.  The mini series is the networks first foray into scripted drama.

At the very least, frat boys at WVU can look forward to one more thing to drink about when they return to school in the fall.

Oliver Luck Speaks out on WVU Move to Big 12

Students of West Virginia University can attest, the schools move to the Big 12 has stirred up quite a bit of excitement. The school seemed restless and in need of change when rumors of a possible move to the SEC spurred hopes. The Greeks on campus seemed especially amiable towards the prospect. To their chagrin, the school was not able to go SEC and instead elected to join the Big 12.

Many fans will say that the Big 12 is a better fit for WVU’s football program than the SEC but that’s to be determined. For now we’ll have to content ourselve’s with, WVU Athletic
e. Director, Oliver Luck’s comments on the mov

Luck, who has not been shy about matter, went into detail with ESPN’s David Ubben.

Initially, when Texas A&M appeared ready to leave the Big 12, Luck became
Luck reiterated how significant a role Syracuse and Pitt’s move to the ACC played in his decision making. “I think it was pretty obvious that the league was going to struggle. We hadn’t added a new member since 2005.”aware of a rumor that Pitt was on “short list” to replace the Aggies. He realized that “there’s no reason that West Virginia shouldn’t be on the Big 12 short list”.

The Big East has lost its sense of identity. When WVU joined the conference in 91′, the Mountaineers were surrounded by teams like Virginia Tech and Miami. Now, the only original football squad left from that time is Rutgers. Would students and faculty really settle for such mediocrity?

Its pretty clear they made the right move. Even though a lawsuit forced the school to pony up $20 million to the Big East for leaving early, the donations and ticket sales generated by the hype are “unprecedented” according to Luck.

Last week, Luck spoke out to ESPN on the Big 12 and possible expansion. Read more here.

WVU is Chris Huston’s Favorite for Heisman Contenders

Chris Huston of the Heisman Pundit recently released his Big 12 Heisman picks with West Virginia University appearing the sure winner.

Huston’s number one Heisman candidate was none other than WVU Quarterback, Geno Smith. Throwing for almost 4,400 yards this year, Smith lead the Mountaineers to a 70-33 win over the Clemson Tigers in the 2012 Orange bowl.

Another Mountaineer, Tavon Austin, made Huston’s list under the “Dark Horse” category. Austin is widely regarded as one of college football’s most versatile skill players hailing from Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen’s high-speed spread offense is sure to shake up the Big 12 this fall.