It’s 2 in the morning, I’m the only one on the highway, Darkside of the room by Mickey Reigns Vegas artists is playing in the whip. The sounds playing set the tone for a mood that says “we’re getting where we need to be at our own pace” Mickey reigns personifies the efforts of setting a steady pace to make it to the finish line. Songs like “Dreams” and “Sometimes” correlate with the inner desires of grinding for what you want and how that can sometimes mean applying your inner dark side to get there. Dark side of the room takes you on a mesmerizing ride with it’s mellow hypnotic beats setting the theme, reminiscent to its inspiration, pink floyd’s darkside of the room, flipped into a gritty go getter’s soundtrack. Choruses like the one on “Waves” “now when I pull up don’t have shit to say, give your ass attention that you fucking crave, I’m just tryna get high off your fucking waves” gives you the perspective of a man’s determination & the break of relief through human connection in a generation where intellect takes a back seat from the constant attention one seeks. Tupac’s sample of Do 4 Luv is nostalgic, intertwining lost love with the clarity of a moment in retrospect. The features on the album are refreshing, when you feel the hypnotizing occurring suddenly a feature from Woonhefner or Ricksmooth switches the style up from Mickey’s melodic soft voice and displays the comradeship of trying to make it, even through the ups and downs. The mixtape reminds me of a classic film noir film with the aura of a looming femme fatale. The skits “good ones” and “lost ones” create a momentary scene of black and white, rain falling, and a cigarette’s glow as men conceptualize lust and life. By the end of the mixtape you feel as if you have been sitting in the darkside of a room, with the glare of a light, introspectively coming to terms with who you are, where you want to go and the acceptance of your inner darkness that creates the balance to reveal your inner light.