Demrick and Cali Cleve – Losing Focus Review

This album clearly is set to deal with issues that Demrick has while also being heavily involved in the drug related rap department. However this musical endeveur is an enjoyable listen, even if it does not quite hit the mark when it comes to connecting emotionally.

The production is fitting with the message that Demrick is trying to put across and Cali Cleve does well to weave it together. The combination of haunting and energetic helps the album explore a lot of ground as well as provide a song for all audiances in Hip Hop. Some radio ready tracks may help build thier profiles but the work done on this album has some very good beats in it.

The lyricism is clever and intricate throughout the whole project. Demrick does very well with his wordplay and rhyming schemes to attract the lyrical listeners in the rap game. There is a lot of entertaining and enjoyable rap moments on this project and should be seen as stepping stones on Demrick’s path to success.

The features are also very good on this album as they are growing or established names in Hip Hop already which helps to bring some diversity to the project and each of them puts in a good effort. Every verse fits in with the tracks message perfectly and each has thier own intricate schemes that build the fun of this album.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album if you are into drugs and are inclined towards an emotional mood. If not, you can still enjoy this album based exclusively on the high quality of lyricism involved in this musical effort.

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Fashawn – The Ecology Review

This is a fantastic album reminiscent of Nas as Fashawn takes a narrative stance throughout the project and creates a great feeling of education through enjoyment of the music. If he stays on a role like this, Fashawn could have a great Hip Hop career.

The production is great and has a wide range that allows Fashawn to explore a large variety of songs and emotions. Energy levels rise and dip appropriately with how the listener should be feeling and helps to create a very cohesive listening experiance. There is not a whole lot that can be critiscised about the beats on thois project as it is clear that Fashawn has a great ear for these things.

The lyricism us clever and enticing to listen to. The wordplay and other lyrical techniques weave a colourful tapestry of imagery that draws you in and really helps to show that Fashawn should be ranked amoung the top lyricists. Again, there is not a whole lot to criticise. Possibly, some more positive tracks could be thrown in but that is pretty much it.

The features are also enjoyable and show how well Fashawn’s style blends with others to create great tracks. A combination of big names and people he has good chemistry with helps to make some great guest verses and some standout tracks. Maybe some more experimental features would better showcase Fashawn’s rapping ability but his choices here are all good choices.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project as well as educational to the listener. Fashawn does a great job putting this album together and if it is an indicator of things to come, he could have a very successful future in the rap game.

Rocko – Expect The Unexpected Review

This is a good showing for Rocko lyrically and puts him in a strong position moving forward. This project really showcases his ability to put a song together and to really go hard over the beat. However he may need to look into some new ground when it comes to content.

The production is great and sounds very polished upon listening to it. The very modern sounds and the level of scope that the beats bring is phenominal. There is a lot you can do with the instrumentals on these and Rocko does a very good job of exploiting that fact. On such a short project, it could be said that Rocko explores some sides of this equation more than others but it is still an enjoyable listen through.

The lyricism is excellent on this project and should be applauded. While it is contained to some fairly basic content, the way Rocko flows through each track helps to create a sense that he is moving forward with his rap career. The next step is to apply his compex lyricism to more complex subject matter.

The features put in some good verses and help contribute to an enjoyable listen. There are a good amount of guests on this mixtape, not too many so as to take from Rocko’s performance, and they are spread out so as to extend the entertainment value of this mixtape. Some possible experimentation with some features from further outside Rocko’s comfort zone would extend it even further, but the way this project is put together, Rocko has done a good job.

Overall, this is a great job from Rocko to make a project that shows his lyrical skill. His ability to put a song together is also showcased on this mixtapr and Rocko should be commended on such a strong effort.

Chris Brown and Tyga – Fan Of A Fan The Album Review

This is a collection of songs where Tyga and Chris both cruise along in auto pilot and don’t tend to really try and excel in any given area. They should take into consideration the falling of both of thier album sales in thier careers and really try to break new ground to maintain thier place amoung the pop/Hip Hop world.

The production is actually very good and works well with the party culture both Tyga and Chris seem to be involved in. While there is not a lot of range there are also more sombre offerings that open up the duo to a more complete project rather than a party mix. Some more emotional tracks would make this a more well rounded album, but if you like the formula for thier hits, this could be an enjoyable album for you.

The lyricism is alright but nothing that will break down barriers and allow them into the lyrical elite. There is some wordplay and schemes involved but it is all rather basic and is relying on the beat and energy to pull it through. This is part of both Tyga and Chris’ general song etiquette and should not come as a surprise, simply a disappointment.

The features do well to be distinct on the song they are on and bring a good amount of diversity to the album. Each brings a good verse to the album and helps raise the level of intellect overall. Maybe some more features that are a bit more out of thier comfort zone would help create more of an atmosphere of attempting something new but as features go, these do a great job.

Overall, this is an entertaining listen if you like the music Tyga and Chris Brown put out individually as this is basically a mash up of the two. However if you are looking for something more encapsulating, this is not the album for you.

Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise Review

This is a good project for lyricism andbeats, but Big Sean’s delivery can become monotonous if you listen to it for a lengthy amount of time. However the high level of diversity when it comes to features and beats helps make this an enjoyable listen.

The production is excellent with a high level of quality and range. Each track is different from the one before and fits with the content of each song very well. Some could argue that there is not a lot of slower tracks or not a lot of emotional tracks in comparison to the number of songs on the project, but there is a lot of energy throughout the album so you tend not to notice too much.

The lyricism is good and above average, if let down by Sean’s delivery. The way the rhymes are put together is very clever and entertaining to listen to. The patterns used and the schemes involved are intricate and complex enough to attract that audiance in Hip Hop. However the performance from Big Sean does not have a lot of variation and instead seems to drone on in a way that makes it difficult to really get into the lyricism.

The features are also good as they help bring the variation to the project that Big Sean fails to bring. Eaxch is different to Sean in either style or delivery. Even a change in pitch or vocal tone helps to make the album more enjoyable overall.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project due to the energy and lyricism involved but the lack of forward moving when it comes to Sean’s performance holds this album back. While this can be a problem, the general project is very good and of very high quality, to be enjoyed by almost any fan of Hip Hop.

Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD – Sour Soul Review

This is a great project that combines Ghostface’s signiture style with the haunting production he does so very well with. If the chemistry on this project is anything to go by, we can expect great things from this pairing in the future.

The production is full of beats that sound like they use the same idea behind Wu-Tang Clan’s original album. If you modernised the backings on those tracks, you get an idea of what to expect on this album. With that sort of stand out beat to work with, The duo do a great job making a great project.

The lyricism is classic Ghostface and does not disappoint. He does a great job keeping the tracks at a pure Hip Hop level at its most entertaining. The lyricism may not be the most complex out there, but it is vivid imagery that is painted and makes a good listen.

The features are also good and help bring a level of diversity to the project. Each is different from Ghostface and shows that he works well with a range of other rappers. The kind of chemistry shown on this project is fantastic and should be an example to others in the rap game.

Overall, this is a good project and an enjoyable listen through. If you are a fan of Ghostface already, you will love this album. If you aren’t, then this should make you one.

Joey Fatts – Ill Street Blues Review

This mixtape from Joey Fatts is a self produced work of art that fits the title perfectly. The content is about the down sides of street life and Joey does this with a refreshing burst of calm energy.

The production is all tendered towards the theme and all ties together well. Each has it’s own individual atmosphere and it’s own little skits to give each track some context and extra emotional feel. High energy songs would have made a more complete project but would not fit in with the message the project is trying to send.

The lyricism is good and helps paint vivid images of the scenes Joey is describing. While it may not be the most complex and complicated word schemes, but the descriptions provided will make you feel like your there. If your in the mood for the saddened songs of this project, Joey will provide a way to make you feel like your part of the song.

The features do well to add to Joey’s narrative without detracting from his performance. Each help to grow the atmosphere on each track by adding to what Joey is saying and embellishing it with their own stories. A great addition to this project.

Overall, if you are in a sombre mood, this mixtape is what you are looking for. Joey Fatts has created a created a project to help you get into that mood or to make you feel like your not alone in whatever your going through.