King Ray – Kush 2 Review

This is a good project from King Ray. The mixtape is only eleven tracks long which means it needs to be cohesive to be a success. Luckily this is cohesive but not so much so that it blends into one really long song. While some of the tracks may be similar, the layout and the way Ray approaches each track makes each definitive and unique to the mixtape.

The production is good and fits with King Ray’s style. It is very reminiscent of G-Funk but with a more modern twist. Still sounding very much like being at the beach or the tropics. They are bouncy and have a calming energy about them while still keeping you in a state of readiness.

The lyricism is good but not the most lyrical that the world has ever seen. The choruses are repetitive and some of the more emotional tracks can seem forced but Ray works well with the rest and creates a project with a lot of re-listen ability. He may need to work on some of his more complex wordplay to appeal to all corners of the Hip Hop audience but his lyricism is still good.

The features are good and add a sense of diversity to the project. While they may be similar to King Ray himself, they do help to stop the project becoming monotonous. They may not stand out too much against Ray or the beat type, but they really make a more colourful palette for the mixtape to play with.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable project to listen to but may not appeal to everyone. However it is definitely worth a listen or two for everyone to decide if they like it or not as this project really could go either way for each individual listener.

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