G-Unit – The Beauty of Independance EP Review

This is a good sampler for what’s to come ahead, hopefully. The groups shows a lot of chemistry on every track and each member brings their own unique style to their verses. 50 cent is prominent on every track as the G-Unit head honcho probably should be, especially with his ability to “sing” as well as rap. Young Buck also sounds hungry for success and that translates into great performances. Kidd Kidd, the new addition to the group, also showcases his talents and abilities on his verses and has shown to be an asset to the group. Lloyd Banks brings his style and lyricism to his verses as well, while Tony Yayo sounds distinctive and brings another unique voice to the G-Unit roster.

The production is good on the project. The producers on the album may not be the biggest names but they each bring a beat that works well with what G-Unit are trying to do on each track. While the project is only 6 tracks long they explore a variation of topics and styles to help create some diversity on such a short project.

With A group of 5 on a 6 track long EP, there are no features but this helps to create a cohesive project that has plenty of replay value. The tracks fit together very well and flow into one another which helps even more to build this EP up to new heights.

In conclusion, this is a good sample of whats to come from future projects and G-Unit should take their attitude and abilities from this EP forward onto longer projects. They should take their determination and drive on to keep up this high quality of music.

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Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood

This is not the most complicated album, but it does hold some good songs and may be worth a listen or two. The choruses are, on average, very simplistic often consisting of one line or phrase repeated over and over. However a big boost to the overall album is Wiz’s singing ability which features more and very well on this album. It helps bring a sense of diversity to the album and opens up a whole range of possibility for each song.

The production on the album is of good quality as well as diversity. From light pop music, to club beats, to deep emotional backtracks, Wiz flows over all comfortably and even tries some new tempos and styles while rapping about money, drugs and women. Very comfortable subjects for him but he is trying to approach them from some different areas at least.

The features on the album do well, but it would have been nice to hear a bit more from them, some cases in time and others in substance. Varied in their performance, the features do at least help Wiz to showcase why he is such a figure in Hip Hop. His style and skill shine out among others while not making them look bad.

Overall, this may not be the top album of the year but it is a good album, while it may not be for everyone. A good variety of tracks means that some tracks will appeal to some people, but also means that they may not buy the whole album as they may actively not like a majority of the tracks.

Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars

While this is a more radio friendly and emotionally connecting album, it still has all the ingredients of a great Hilltop Hoods album. As this is considered the second part of their “Drinking From The Sun” project, which was a light hearted and cheery project it does make sense this has some more emotional and almost dark songs.

The Hilltop lyricists showcase why they are considered by many the height of Australian urban music with wordplay and punchlines to rival many of the world’s top artists. With the more emotional tracks especially, Suffa and Pressure MC both seem to put more passion into what they are rapping and it creates a much more powerful track than if they had kept to their regular flow.

The production is fantastic as it is so different to what is currently floating around the world of Hip Hop. In a land populated with such synthetic sounds, when you hear a proper real life instrument on a track, even if it is suspected it was computer generated, it is a breath of fresh air and can help create a sense of atmosphere. DJ Debris does a fantastic job mixing it together and it really helps to create a smooth listening experience.

Overall this is a fantastic album. While it may not appeal to all the hardcore Hilltop fans due to some of the songs sounding more “ready for radio” than previous projects. However this album is definitely worth a spin or two even for those people as it still has everything that past Hilltop Hoods albums have had, but with the possibility of expanding the audience.

DJ Mustard – 10 Summers Review

This project would feel like a collection of uncohesive DJ Mustard songs if the skits weren’t in there. That is the danger with making an album from a producers side of things. However DJ Mustard has done a better job than most by actually keeping a lot of the same features on different songs as this helps to keep a feeling of consistency. The skits add a nice touch of breaking up the songs with nice little pieces of insight into what DJ Mustard is aiming for, namely total radio and musical takeover.

The vocals on this album are good, with all the features putting in good efforts on their verses and hooks, and with some big names thrown in there. The only problem is, while it can make some of them catchy, the hooks on a lot of the songs are very repetitive and in some cases just one line repeated over and over, see “Ghetto Tales” and “Guiseppe”. This is the new emerging trend that can make some songs feel like they are slowing down and not keeping up with the style of beat DJ Mustard is trying to supply.

The production is of course fantastic with DJ Mustards signature style shining through on every track. With each track individually, his signature style is a bonus and keeps the track fresh. However, if you listen to the album all the way through the production can start to sound a bit monotonous and missing a bit more variation, although it does start to change very late on in the album.

Overall, this is a good album to nod your head to and pick out your favourites to listen to, but can become a little bit of a chore to listen to the whole thing when you start playing it. A touch more variation and maybe even another skit or two would take this album a long way, but DJ Mustard has put in a solid effort and should be commended for opening up new production paths for the people.

Ces Cru – Codename: Ego Stripper

This is a nice varied album. Both Godemis and Ubiquitous are good on the album showcasing their abilities on the mic. They both keep their signature styles and flow on every track while simultaneously fitting in with all the different styles of production.

The production is excellent on the album. Best listened to through headphones, it has a lot of range and a lot of depth. It also works well with Ces Cru’s lyricism and the tones of their voices.

The tracks are laid out well so that the changes in tempo of the songs are where you need a break from either the fast of slow beats. This leads to a much easier listen and a more enjoyable project.

Overall this is a good album for Ces Cru fans, as well as a good project to attract new ones. It shows everything good about the duo and should be viewed as a milestone in their musical careers.

Nike KD7 basketball shoe review

This is a quick moving, high jumping shoe. The cushioning is of such great quality that when you jump into the air it actually feels like the shoe is propelling you away from the ground and toward the hoop. The airbag is great and helps protect the heel of your foot while adding an attractive look to the shoe overall.

The upper is breathable mesh while the heel is hyperposite construction to lend a feeling of support and manoeuvrability. The Flywire helps to lockdown the shoe for a feeling of almost bonding the shoe to your foot and helping to create a good flow of energy between the foot and the floor.

The foot strap is great for keeping the laces under control and for holding the shoe close to the foot to help stop the loss of energy between foot and shoe. It also helps add another stunning visual point from a cosmetic point of view.

Overall, this is a great shoe for both speed and for lift off and should have great success on the court.