If you’ve been watching my BitChute and YouTube videos, you would already know 99% of the music in the background is sourced from one artist, Chad Marco, so I couldn’t be happier for my first album review to be his latest Robot Music Vol.9002 mixtape.
Chad Marco is a rapper, but the main draw is that his target audience are NEETs (No Education Employment or Training) and other loser-adjacent groups, and the album does a great service in sympathizing with the common themes experienced in those circles, specifically the insecurities regarding sex, women, depression, out-casting from society, and many other one-off variety moments unique to the NEET/Virgin lifestyle.
It’s a feels-inducing, anime referencing, meme-laced production, backed by incredibly competent, dynamic, and layered musical composition.
As I’ve stated earlier, I regularly use his instrumentals for my videos, so it’s really great to finally hear the rap lyrics that the tracks were intended for.
WARNING: If you are unfamiliar with 4chan culture, this album is not for you, and I highly suggest you turn back now.
Listen to the album and find download links here:
Like Jay Z, I’m also a believer that you can’t review an album after just one day. Luckily for me, Chad Marco released all the tracks as singles well in advance, and simply assorted them, added a few new thematic skits and interludes in between, and slapped a community-sourced album cover on it all to complete the project.
Unfortunately, my much better headphones broke, so I’m currently using some Beats earphones. I have listened to the album seven times so far, and I made sure to isolate myself in my room, in bed with eyes closed, to really immerse myself into the music.
Chad stated in his podcast that he intentionally front-loaded the album with most of his strongest material at the beginning to hook listeners in, and you can’t ask for a better intro than “9002”. Lyrically, it covers all the themes laid out in the album, but is a powerful standalone track as well. Marco described being insecure on the possibility of not being able to top the intro he had for his previous mixtape, and so “9002” appears very focused to deliver, with an air of angst and anticipation.
It’s like being strapped in and forced with an injection; “9002” is that initial adrenaline shot, but suddenly, after the silence and upon the opening notes of the next song, you realize the drug isn’t so bad after all.
Immediately following is “Couldn’t Say Hello”, with the catchiest hook on the album and my nomination for “Most Likely Radio single.” It’s a feels track but it’s playful, and Marco finishes the 3-hit combo with “Chad Thundercock, Pt. 2”, which deserves to be listened to rather than described here, making it the peak of the “high” as it’s lyrical perspective is the most topsy turvy.
“Orbit” serves as a ramp down. It’s light on the feels, bringing the listener back to earth with an actual portrayal of an average (or below) male’s interactions with women, and Marco doubles down with the subsequent “Rejection (Skit)”. I love how the editing makes it feel like a one sided conversation, and along with the stalking background music, it leaves me with a feeling of isolation that transitions quite expertly into “I Love To Cry”, and it’s the first dive into the deeper and darker emotions his rap genre specializes in exploring.
After that, it’s a complete emotional spirit quest through the Valley of Virginity with “Cashier Girl” and “Little Black Dick” back to back, and “INFP” and the “Do You Know That Feel (Interlude)” are the double taps to make sure you stay down in the darkness. That said, you must be reminded that although the content can be heavy it is delivered with quite the finesse. It’s self-deprecating and not depressed exposition.
The turn starts at “INFP”, where the speaking character starts to retreat deeper into himself. The former feelings of desire for “Stacy” that dominated the previous tracks has dissipated with his all encompassing lethargy. Ironically, the world becomes bigger even though the song is about staying in his room all day, as the character’s emotional conundrums extend to a greater feeling of separateness from many others in society and not just from feeling rejected by attractive women.
And so we begin our descent into Clown World.
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At 5.1k views, “Clown World” is Chad Marco’s biggest hit since “Ballad of Kentray Brown Pt. 1”, which came out over a year ago, and it is well deserved. The track benefits from being the 2nd most recently published before the completion of the mixtape, allowing “Clown World” to be one of it’s top tracks in terms of production skill.
I also have to complement the placement of “Clown World” in the track list, as it comes on the halfway point, and it’s darker tone does signal the beginning of a much more mature themed Part II of the album.
“Clown World” is a brutal inversion of the climax of negative emotions experienced at the end of Part I, and it’s now projected to all of the outside world. It’s the acceptance that although the character is massively flawed, so is the rest of society. Truly from the eyes of a Beautiful One, perched above the crumbling mouse utopia.
But once again, don’t get lost in my description. It’s another well-crafted chorus, and although “Couldn’t Say Hello” would be my radio single, “Clown World” and it’s bumping bass got it made into a music video by a fan (which is deleted now, RIP).
Moving on, “Piss Bottles” and “Rather See You Die” are the darkest, most especially, and feature exactly the type of raw, locked-away, dark-dimension thought processes only available on 4chan, which is precisely what we came here to see. Listener discretion is heavily advised.
Part II just moves differently. It’s more confident, and intellectual, and covers a larger variety of topics, but paced extremely well to never have the listener linger for too long in one particular head-space.
The beats on “Clown World” and “Piss Bottles” are more minimalist to introduce the listener into this inverted plane, but the volume picks up on “Kentray Brown 1”, which is a feels track with some fight to it, and Part 2 right afterwards is the loudest track on the mixtape. However, that resulting fire is then simmered down with a timely inclusion of a chuckle-worthy Android vs. iPhone rant on the “Bullying Rant (Skit)”.
The murderous intentions of “Rather See You Die” are followed up by the hilarious meme intro for Chicken Tendies in “Dinner With The Folks” (God damn it why am I still laughing about it again?! LOL 😆)
“5 Out of 10” is an experimental space in between, but serves as a slow ramp up to the last masculine hurrah in “Herbivore Male” before “No Singles Allowed” winds everything down with a feels track to close the mixtape out full circle.
Everyone has their strengths, and weaknesses. Marco can rap and produce, but he has admitted he struggles with singing. I feel Marco strayed too far from the safe zone on “Cashier Girl” and “Little Black Dick”.
But here’s the thing, the singing works really well on later tracks like “Rather See You Die”, “Dinner With The Folks” and “No Singles Allowed” because the melodies are more somber, which reflects the tone Marco is able to achieve with his singing ability. On “Die” and “Singles” specifically, Marco syncs up directly with specific notes that support his singing, rather than the dissonance felt on the weaker singing tracks I mentioned before. Also, the singing sections are presented much later in the songs, and are far more digestible (or forgivable) after being showcased with Marco’s obvious stronger strength in rapping.
My NEET phase that began after being suspended from college only lasted a year, so unfortunately I wasn’t deep enough in the game to recognize the luxurious comforts referenced in “Piss Bottles”.
But I do get “Dinner With The Folks” for sure. Society is set up in such a cookie-cutter way:
Do well at school, get a job, raise a family. That’s it. Any deviation from that and you’re a fuck up and never treated as a complete individual until you get there.
“Dinner With The Folks” is about the shame one feels about themselves while they are under their family’s incessant attempts at reprogramming and the growing distance and disappointment that results in struggling to meet those standards.
Ahhh, my favorite track on the album. Yes, I admit my bias, as it is a blatant MGTOW anthem, especially with the extremely clever Sandman sample, but it is also the track that introduced me to Chad Marco’s music.
It’s timing is perfect at #19, almost signaling a maturation of the formerly frustrated virgin who now prefers the solace of smoking weed over women. “Herbivore Male” is a truly confident and cathartic release. It hurts me that it’s only about two minutes.
If I’m not mistaken, Chad forgot to upload the instrumental version as well, so for that I’ve given this song legendary status.
The final track on the mixtape. Marco claims this track was thrown together, mostly just for the meme the title is referring to, but it results in a really minimalist, laid-back vibe that was perfect to closing out the album.
At 5:06 minutes, it’s the longest track of the bunch, and with enough sleepy bass notes and space waves to really bring the listener back down to equilibrium after a more energetic second half of the album. Doubly so, as the content of “No Singles Allowed” is a return to form back into the feels.
The synth solo that plays alongside the fade out of the song is somber but lively enough to jolt along to. You can actually hear Marco’s voice strain in the emotional ending of his lyrics for the song. But still, the song makes an amazing outro, because despite those intense feels, even a lonely virgin NEET can find at least a few hours of the day to find a good, comfy movie to watch and escape to.
Now that shit is Kino.
See you on the Far Side… – Monk Moon Base
P.S. I can rap and sing decent enough too. If we ever collab one day, let’s name the project Virgin Sun Chad Moon.
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