Lil Mosquito Disease - Infection (Review)

Martin_Canine
LIL MOSQUITO DISEASE
Infection
★☆☆☆☆

Murphy’s Law personified. Time to fix the bug.

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Some songs are infectious. Some beats are sick. But definitely not those of Lil Mosquito Disease. Behind this brilliant pseudonym which contains as much street credibility as an onion is a young man who is part of the Flex Entertainment Crew, who infamously brought us Lil Meerkat and his scary Bohemian Rhapsody cover. To make this clear from early on: Infection also has tunes of this level of terribleness, and that’s okay. Like on Meerkat’s Weeaboo Paradise album, at a certain point it becomes very apparent that Lil Mosquito Disease’s music isn’t a failed attempt at recording trap songs, but that it’s all just one huge troll move. Everything that could have been done wrong has been done wrong at least once on this record. Lil Mosquito Disease’s debut album is Murphy’s Law personified. Or he has been sipping the insect spray for a bit too long.

There is far too heavy autotune that’s literally out of tune, a fact which he even named two songs after, the first one being the album’s low point. The mastering is… weak to say the least, switching between vocals that are too loud and vocals that are too quiet. The rapping is clumsy, lyrically and flow-wise. Sometimes it’s just a chaotic mess. It takes everything that listeners who aren’t into trap music criticize about the genre, blows it up to extremes, adds as much unprofessionality to it as possible, and then releases it into the world. Pulling off such a joke isn’t bad in and of itself, but when it gets so penetrant that it’s straightforward annoying, the artist doesn’t laugh with the listener anymore, but at them.

A lot of the songs are based around other, better tracks. B---h This is a Warzone samples the title track of Yoko Ono’s latest album Warzone, poor Scarlxrd’s Heart Attack got ripped off on Trombone Attacc, including the dialog sample of Vanilla Sky, the intro track is a lyrically unaltered cover of the first segment of Travis Scott’s and Drake’s Sicko Mode. Generally, what sets Lil Mosquito Disease apart from Lil Meerkat is that on his album, the beats are far more prominent. That occasionally makes it possible to tune out the lyrics, which in turn means that some tracks actually aren’t AS torturous. But it shouldn’t be an artist’s intention to make the listener wish to hear an instrumental version of the current song. But then come songs like Anime Narrator (Caw Caw), Captain Out of Tune and We Wanted Sweet Victory, whose beats are unapologetically horrible on top. It’s when you start asking yourself why in the world are you listening to this when you could as well listen to the last Future album instead.

Now we come to the point where the real problem with the record lies: Mosquitos, Issa Banger and Lean In My Cup actually aren’t AS bad. Or let’s say, they are still pretty bad, but not pathetically bad. Bad in a way that’s unpleasant but still acceptable. The autotune is still awfully off-key, and the quality of the recorded vocals isn’t good, but basically, that’s all that’s wrong with these three tracks. Although on most other albums, that alone would make them the worst contributions to the tracklist. The flow is okay, the vocals are mastered much better than the rest, and one can even live with the premise of the song. With studio quality equipment, they might even pass as filler material on actual trap albums. And in these extremely, extremely, extremely rare moments it sparks through that maybe the guy who voices Lil Mosquito Disease isn’t as horribly untalented as the troll character he portrays. If you look at it sideways, and don’t ask for much. Although these few minutes make listening to all of Infection slightly less painful than Weeaboo Paradise, they actually make it worse. After all, Lil Meerkat never gave us a hint that maybe he had an average amount of skill and just fooled around, so nothing of value was lost. In the meantime, it feels like the dude behind Lil Mosquito Disease could as well make a solid, although not overly great trap record, and wastes his time making utter garbage music to get a quick laugh out of the guys who actually decided to listen to this.

Overall, Infection is a worst case scenario throughout. Its performances, recording quality and effects aren’t even laughably bad, they are just straightforward unenjoyable. And they were intentionally designed to be this way, so in some way, the artist even succeeded in fulfilling his vision. The question is: what for? This review will probably remain the highlight of this guy here, as one of the handful of people who discovered and even bothered to listen to this disaster actually cared enough to write something about it. In times when homemade records can top the charts and don’t need to be backed up by big studios, showing a bit of a talent can’t hurt. In Lil Mosquito Disease’s case, I’d suggest trying. Change your rap name, write an EP of 5 tracks that you actually put your heart into, and even if you can’t afford a proper studio, there’s enough free software on the net to make a phone recording sound somewhat decent. Currently, the troll music doesn’t pay off either, so why not try a little effort?

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