Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli’s Greatest Hits: Vol. 1- [Pouya] x [Boobie Lootaveli]

Pouya has been teasing us all month about a project coming out before the end of January, and he came through on his word in a massive way. The two singles he had previously released were both produced by Spock and featured his close friend and talented rapper Boobie Lootaveli. “Bitch, Park Backwards” and “Get Money (Take Money)” are undeniable hits and might possibly be my personal favorite songs of the year thus far. It wasn’t until recently that I realized the project Pouya has been talking about for weeks now was going to be a collaboration between him, Boobie, and Spock, confirming some of my previous assumptions.

Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli’s Greatest Hits: Vol. 1 is pretty much everything I had hoped for and more ever since hearing the first two singles off of it. With only 3 additional songs and a run time of 10 minutes, I only wish that there was more content, but the songs that the mixtape does contain are pure gold. On the opening track “12,000 Miles”, you get the deepest and most introspective look at the duo on the album, while they seem to reveal the other side of their mind that isn’t necessarily discussed in other cuts on the project. “Crowd Control” is the middle song, and boasts the tape’s only feature in Shakewell. On this track, the beat sort of tiptoes as Pouya shows off his spitfire cadence while Boobie and Shakewell experiment with different but fruitful flows. Finally, the closing track “Toe Tags” seems to pay homage to the older hip-hop heads since it contains a pitched down hook over an old-school influenced beat riddled with classic sound effects. Both artists switch up their deliveries, rotating between fast flows and uncharacteristic rhymes that could have been considered risky for some, but ultimately work out perfectly for the duo.

Although I’ve only had a chance to listen once, it’s most likely going to be on repeat for the foreseeable future. I still think my favorite tracks off of this project are the two singles, but that might change after a few more runs through. After much anticipation, I was so excited to see the entire mixtape come to fruition and exceed my expectations, so I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Beyond this, the tape’s title suggests that there’s going to be additional volumes in the series from Pouya and Boobie Lootaveli, so those can’t come soon enough. Pouya & Boobie Lootaveli’s Greatest Hits: Vol. 1 was a quick EP full of hits, so don’t miss out and make sure you give it a spin!

Words by Danny Adams