Saint Joe

Saint Joe of T.M.E. understands how to put a worthwhile project together, as evidenced by the 22-track Mortuary Mixtape. But the title is a misnomer, as the project is entirely listenable, and proceeds from its sales are being donated to help fight breast cancer and leukemia. The main attraction here is the intriguing selection of beats, all of which are peppered with well-timed samples. From stylish jazz to morbid metal, a wide variety of production entices — which is good, because Saint Joe's flow tends to be a little monotonous. Fortunately, his lack of inflection is offset by expressive lyrics. The only other drawback: In typical mixtape style, the project is hosted by a DJ (in this case, BigSpade, doing an earnest and admirable job), which feels like a superfluous addition.


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