Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 Review

This is a bold and brash offering that is a great example of hard core Hip Hop too shake the masses. Both Killer Mike and El-P, who make up Run The Jewels, have done well to carry the momentum from their first great success into another project that is hard hitting and bound to be as much of a success as their last.

The lyricism is definitely present on every track and will help to draw in the crowds of Hip Hop fans who enjoy wordplay in songs. Both Killer Mike and El-P flex what they have in the lyrics department and it makes for a potent combo when it feels like they are passing the mic between them for who can be the most lyrical.

The production is fantastic by being in your face and blending the together so well that the project is easy to listen to the whole way through, even if it does feel like its trying to jump down your throat half the time. Full of unusual sounds and high tempo beats, this project is not smooth listening by any means but it is an enjoyable listen.

The features are good as they combine well with what Run The Jewels do and sound like on the track, while also promoting their own abilities. While they may not be the most well known people to feature on the album, they are good choices that don’t take anything away from the project.

Overall, this is a great album for Hip Hop lovers and is also a good introduction to the hardcore side of things for newer listeners as it is such a great example of what a top notch project sounds like. Run The Jewels should be proud of making a project that is living up to the high standards they set with their first album.

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T.I – Paperwork Review

This is a diverse album, but it may not connect with everyone as a cohesive project. There are tracks for trapping, radio tracks, tracks for women and tracks for driving to, however all together they don’t entirely blend. It does follow the idea of a film, as there is a song on there for pretty much any scene that could come up, but even as a soundtrack it doesn’t exactly flow all the way through.

The lyricism is good on each track and helps to lend to the descriptive nature of the film it was partly designed to be. T.I is still sharp and plays effortlessly on every track. However on some tracks the backing is slightly overwhelming for his voice and can make him fade into the background instead of at the forefront where he should be.

The production is amazing, but with Pharrell executive producing its hard to imagine the production being bad. Each track is distinguishable from the others and is one of the points that helps shape the collection of tracks into an album. T.I also recruits some top producers, like producer of the year DJ Mustard, to help keep things at the forefront of Hip Hop and for things to sound as fresh as they can.

The features are interesting to say the least. They all add something to the tracks they are on, and it is interesting to see that some of them are featured on several tracks and not just one. All of the featured artists help to add to the diverse nature of the tracks since they help break from just hearing T.I for the length of the project.

Overall, this is a good album for T.I as it shows that he is still lyrically sharp and that he is still culturally relevant, while being able to appeal to all listeners of the Hip Hop genre. However the project needs more of a theme or story to tie it all together, to make a great album and not just a great collection of tracks.

Nike Air Jordan 14 Review

This is a head turning pair of shoes. The design itself is stand out enough to turn heads without any particularly bright colourway. Inspired by the Ferrari make of cars, it gives the impression of speed and being streamlined. The badge on the side imitates that of Ferrari and helps lend a more luxury feel to the shoe.

The tongue of the shoe is special in the sense that it rises to the regular height with padding, and then continues higher with a fabric part that does add or subtract from the comfort of the shoe, but it does add more of a profile to the shoe.

The outsole is unique to the shoe as it actually has the number 14 put in as part of the design, which helps to make it more unique to the model.

The heel counter has the featured number 23 of Michael Jordan as well as the jumpman logo printed on it. These however are put on top of the rubber heel counter that features a tyre like pattern on, so as to fit in with the Ferrari inspiration. This helps to add another unique point to the shoe.

There are a couple of points to take into account when purchasing this shoe. FIrst is that they crease very easily and if you like your shoes looking absolutely pristine, this could be a problem. Another is that the back of the shoe is quite high and slopes inward toward your ankle. This causes it to push gently into your leg as you walk, which could be uncomfortable to some. It does however make you walk faster, like driving a Ferrari in comparison to a Prius. This may not have been intentional but it does help with the Ferrari comparison.

Overall, this is a nice shoe that may not be for everyone, but is a great addition to any collection and is definitely a must have if your a fan of Nike or Jordan brand.

Murda Mook – Eazy Doez It Review

There is no doubt that Mook is a great rapper, but this project shows that he may need to work on his song chemistry. The tracks on the project are good but they don’t blend together enough to make a great track. The hooks in particular are not up to standard with his verses. They also feel like they don’t have that passion he has when he is battling on stage. It needs a bit of a pick me up.

The production is good, but it is not great. There is quite a lot of similar sounding beats and there is a lot going on in those beats and the project could use some more diversity. That would allow for a wider scope on what this project could do and how it could be more enjoyable on every listen through.

Lyricism is present on every track, as Mook is well known for. His verses are crafted to a very high standard, due to his battling experience and veteran battling status. His hooks need more work as they sound forced and aren’t fluid with the rest of the song. However the verses far overshadow the hooks as far as impressiveness on this project.

The features are good and definitely help to break up the monotony of the same beat with the same voice. They each add to the overall tone of each track and also lend a sense of growing in Mook’s music career, getting Raekwon or Busta Rhymes on a track gives the impression that Mook is impressing a lot of important musical people.

Overall, this isn’t a great project for Mook as it does not show his complete range of song possibility, but does help to show his lyrical ability and what he is capable of doing over a beat.

Game – Blood Moon: Year of The Wolf Review

This is a fantastic project. It shows a lot of emotional depth as well as moments of fun and is all very cohesive. It is a very well layed out album. The only thing that could be seen as a blessing, in terms of bringing diversity to the album, or a curse in the sense that it detracts from the talent of the lead artist.

The lyricism is fantastic. It is poured on every track and is very good at helping to keep the listener interested in what the artists have to say. This is especially helpful since the album has tendencies to lean on heavy emotions to make powerful tracks. Game is especially adept at the lyricism but even the features have the ability to be lyrical, maybe not to the extent of Game but definitely somewhat.

The production is amazing. As a protégé of Dr Dre, production is very important to Game and he shows it in this near perfect choice of beats. It creates a very personal atmosphere with all its emotional talk and the backing rises and falls with how the listener should be feeling.

The features are many and but do add something to the LP. While Game can sometimes be lost in the sea of other voices, they are good for adding other opinions and reinforcement to the tracks they are featured on. Most of the others on this album are featured several times on different tracks which helps to show how they are good for more than one type of song, helping to build up Game’s imprint.

Overall, this is a great album for all fans of Hip Hop. It has most, if not all, elements of a great rap album and if this is the direction Game is headed in, his next album is going to be even closer to perfect.

Berner and B-Real – Prohibition Review

If you want to listen to weed smoking music made by weed smokers, this is a good place to start. Both artists are known for their high flying smoking status and coming together to make this project is a good recipe for single topic songs. While it is only 8 tracks long, this helps keep the project interesting to the listener for the time it is on. This is much better than a longer project in the same vein which would be boring by the end.

The lyricism is present on all tracks and, while it may not be why you would listen to the project, it does help to keep you in tracks that are playing. B-Real comes across as the more lyrically inclined, but Berner isn’t slouching either. It all helps to tie together all the tracks under the drug theme.

The production is laid back and on a relaxed wavelength as you listen through. It may not calm you down without the use of narcotics it so advises, but in comparison to todays popular culture it is positively soothing. obviously, it picks up in places but on average it is the smokers den calmness.

The features are good and have strong ties to the theme. Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa for example are very embedded in smokers culture and go hand in hand with the narcotics that the whole mixtape is based on. This actually helps to keep the purity of a smokers project, if there is such a thing.

Overall, this is a short but cohesive project about narcotics and the effect the legalization could have on America. Increased revenue from taxes, people are more relaxed etc. etc. B-Real and Berner have done well with this and should continue with this creative streak.

NehruvianDOOM – NehruvianDOOM Review

This is a project reminiscent of the late 80s or early 90s of Hip Hop. The ominous backing beats provided by MF DOOM lend a good canvas for Bishop Nehru to project onto. The whole project is quite cohesive but it does feel like there are a lot of in track skits that can sometimes detract from the actual song part.

The lyricism is good and clear on each track. Bishop Nehru excels over the production with his tone and flow. It can sound unengaging, but once you get into it, the tracks are cohesive and on message. He does need to work on his standing out from the beat a bit more but he will grow as an artist overtime as he is only 19.

The production is haunting and ominous as well as enjoyable. The range of instruments seems strange until brought together to help create a good palette for the lyrics to build on. While this is not unheard of in the music world, it is fairly rare so it is a good selection of instruments to use and build on to come out with a more signature style.

Overall, this is a good album for an introduction to both artists and as a small showcase to their skills. Both Bishop Nehru and MF DOOM will become more well known as their careers continue, especially if they continue to make music like this.