French Montana – Mac and Cheese 4: The Appetizer Review

This is just a taster for what is to come from French Montana’s next project ad it appears to be much more emotional and not so much coke this time. The tracks are filled with feelings instead of trying to make the next big party tune which is a different angle for Montana.

The production is good, but could deviate more than just using one sound through each track. While the backing beat should be in the background and the artist should be the main focus, it should move with the lyrics and not be the same thing through the whole song. If the beats had moved then the emotional content would have much more impact. None the less the production is still good as the overall sound is in line with the message on each track.

The lyrics may not be overly complicated, they are powerful as they are connecting on a more emotional level overall and are much more relatable to the wider audiences. Montana makes an effort to make the audience experience what he is saying instead of it passing them by and he does this by keeping his rhymes straightforward so that you can’t miss them.

As a sampler for his next project, French chose well not to put any features on as it is supposed to be a showcase of his own skills and not of who he can get on a project. It helps show the chemistry between himself and the producer on all of these songs, Harry Fraud, which helps to make the project more cohesive.

Overall, this is a good sample of what’s to come and if he keeps up like this, French Montana could have much more success in 2015. He may not be the most lyrical but he is finding ways of staying relevant and popular with this kind of music.

Fashawn and Alchemist – FASH-ionably Late Review

This is a great and cohesive project from both Fashawn and Alchemist on their chosen area of the mixtape. Clocking in at only nine tracks long, this project had to be cohesive and it definitely is. This helps to make it an easy listening experience that leaves you wanting to listen to it again.

The production is great, taking you back to the nineties sound while being able to content with more modern production for entertainment. The sounds are reminiscent of times when rap was emerging as a force to be reckoned with and you can feel that in the chemistry between Alchemist and Fashawn.

The lyricism is very good and Fashawn excels in his story telling abilities. Fashawn is able to describe in his raps that the listener may as well be watching it unfold on a screen. His abilities remind the listeners of Nas as Fashawn is that good at the story telling. Fashawn shows great lyrical ability and he should continue to develop it further into the realms of greatness.

Fashawn goes it lyrically alone with no features, which is a bold choice in todays Hip Hop climate, but with his own lyrical ability being so great it isn’t a surprise. If he can go it alone without bringing in extra help, why not as it shows him in a stringer light as an artist.

Overall, this short mixtape is a great show of how a rapper and a producer can put out some great work together. It flows together well, tells some great stories and is entertaining to listen to. Fashawn and Alchemist should continue to work together and make great Hip Hop for lovers of the genre all across the world.

Project Pat – Cheez N Dope 3 Review

This is a generic sounding project that dies not live up to Project Pat’s potential. The large majority of it is repetitive and simply forgettable with a few exceptions. Even the features make Pat look average. This is not the project that shows Pat in his best light.

The production is mediocre to start but does improve towards the end of the mixtape. It feels weak at the beginning with Pat’s aggressive delivery far overshadowing the beats. However as the project plays through the production builds in strength and helps to improve the tracks overall. By the end the production is slightly above average production but still not great.

The lyricism is poor but Pat’s delivery helps make it more entertaining. There is a lot of repetition and some basic wordplay but nothing that might interest fans of pure Hip Hop lyricism. Pat sticks to what he knows with content, style and even some of the features but his lyricism needs some work if he wants to expand his audience.

The features are good, but show that Project Pat isn’t as good a performer as he thinks. The other features outshine Pat and make him look average or worse. Juicy J especially makes him look worse because his style is so similar to Pat’s own but he does it much better. This is not a good look for Pat.

Overall, if your a fan of Pat’s previous work, you might enjoy this. However if your looking for something classic and timeless to listen to, this may not be the choice your looking for. If Pat wants to appeal to a wider audience, he needs to change a lot of things.

Kirko Bangz – Progression V: Young Texas Playa Review

This is an average mixtape with some very average tracks, but some stand out from the others. Most of the project is fairly forgettable but some get stuck in your head and once their stuck in their, they are stuck in for a while.

The production is good but doesn’t stand out as a great asset to the mixtape. The beats do go well with Kirko’s style on this project, but it doesn’t have that wow factor that makes them great tracks in comparison to mearly good ones, or even forgettable ones. It needs a bit more punch to take it to the next level.

The lyricism is alright but there is a lot of singing type lyrics which can be hard to stay interested in if your looking for wordplay. Many of the hooks and even some verses are sung and detract somewhat from the verses where the lyricism is more present. The verses have some shining moments but a lot of the mixtape is generic which is unfortunate.

The features are good, but make Kirko seem ordinary by coming across much stronger than he does. They are strong points on the project and do really well in showcasing their own talents, while unfortunately showing that Kirko appears to just be going through the motions on this one.

Overall, this is not a great mixtape and show that Kirko may need to put some more effort into future efforts if he wants to keep his audience interested. More punch from the production and from his lyrics will make him seem like a much more appealing artist.

Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint Review

This is a pop album with definite Hip Hop roots. While Nicki is known to the general public for her hit pop songs, this project shows she has the lyrical ability to be playing around with some of the Hip Hop heavyweights. However the number of tracks trying to appeal to a wider audience stops this from becoming a purely Hip Hop project.

The production is good and works well with Nicki’s flow. The beats are very well put together and are very modern in sound. This helps enforce the feeling that Nicki is at the forefront of Hip Hop culture and builds atmosphere on the tracks. However it would be¬†interesting to see Nicki try to tackle production with a bit more diversity away from pop culture and more to the streets.

The lyricism is there and is done very well. While not the most complex it is very effective in creating entertaining songs that are easy to listen to and have some good imagery to go with them. Nicki changes her style a couple times which helps to bring a higher level of depth to the project and makes it more enjoyable to listen to.

The features are good and help add some flavour to the mixing pot. Bringing the A-list to this project helps show that Nicki is amoung the elite in the rap game, however also bringing her label mates and rappers who she has good chemistry with makes more cohesive tracks. All of this points towards a good track list and a smooth listen.

Overall, this is a good project if you like Hip Hop music that is blended with pop to create a project that could appeal to both audiences. This is an enjoyable listen and while not being a purist Hip Hops ideal project, it can still be enjoyable.

Paul Cain – Long Live The Cain Review

This is a good reminder about Paul Cain’s existence in Hip Hop but it would be good to see more from him. Having not released a full length album as he mentioned on this project, he does show he can rap and rap well, however limited the content may be.

The production is good and makes the project easier to listen to. The beats blend well into Cain’s vocals and help to create tracks that become easier to listen to. Some modern sounds in some retro patterns help to make this a more enjoyable listen than just using more basic beats.

The lyricism is alright but is more sentenced on performance than actual wordplay. The delivery is strong and powerful and this helps to make the average lyricism seem better and helps show Cain as a good rapper, which he undoubtedly is. However he may be considered a great rapper if he upped the complexity level of his wordplay.

The features are good and help to give an extra edge to the level of diversity on the mixtape. Cain is a good rapper but it is good to hear some other voices when Cain has such a low natural pitch that it can sometimes become monotonous. They have some good lyrical abilities and help bring new levels of depth to the mixtape.

Overall, this is a short and cohesive mixtape but needs some fresh content. Cain may also want to play more of a lyrical game and get more of his old acquaintances involved to help build more atmosphere on the tracks.

Mike Will Made It – Ransom Review

from a production point of view, this is a good mixtape, but the combination of featured artists and its tending for the tracks to lack any real flare. The artists lack the touch that makes each track want to be listened to and instead there is a string of mediocre songs that make up a majority of a twenty track project.

The production is fantastic and is the best part of the project. As Mike is a producer then this is a great point and the standard doesn’t drop below very good. The beats also have a signature sound that helps Mike stand out against other producers. However with the features on the tracks don’t totally do justice to the quality of the production.

The features are alright overall, but some are clearly not as good as some others. The more high calibre features do very well crafting superior tracks that have great energy and atmosphere. Unfortunately these are few and far between and there are more tracks to play through than to get excited by. This cuases a boring listen for anyone interested in lyricism and Mike may need to be a bit more careful of who he lets on his projects.

Overall, this has a few good tracks but has a lot of other tracks to shift through before you can pick them out. If the project had been cut a bit shorter and been more cohesive then it would have been a better mixtape. As it stands it is too long and too much hard work.