Hoodie Allen – People Keep Talking Review

This is a good album for listeners who enjoy a more kicked back approach to Hip Hop with some higher energy tracks thrown in to the mix. There is a lot of emotion in this project but it is not overbearing and trying to force you into feeling any certain way.

The production is excellent and works well with Hoodie Allen’s style of rap. It is all smooth and finely crafted while also utilising some interesting sounds and noises to great effect. It is possible some more beats with higher tempos and more of a club vibe could help make this slightly more appealing to a wider audiance but there is no doubt to the effectiveness of this set of beat selections.

The lyricism is good and helps to make this the project it is. While not of it is made to be really hard hitting, it is all clever and weaved well into the rhyme schemes that make you think as you enjoy them.  Some more lyrics that come across as more aggressive could help show Hoodie Allen as a more rounded rapper, but he does well what what he has produced here.

The features are great and help bring a new dimension to the album. Each brings good effort and great verses to thier tracks which really helps show the chemistry that Hoodie Allen can have with others in the industry. Some more features who are further out of the field than those used could have made a couple more interesting moments but there are no let downs on the guests end.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable album which is suitable for almost all listeners. It stays a healthy distance from the generic content and starts to make headway into newer, less explored areas. Hoodie Allen should have a long and prosperous career in Hip Hop but it could depend on how long he can keep exploring those areas.

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Ludacris – Ludaversal Review

This is a great project from Ludacris who seems to be following the same lines as his 1.21 Gigawatts mixtape. The messages and energy levels are great and keep flowing through the whole project.

The production is smooth and polished, making each song easier to listen to. They are beats that Luda has proved time and time again that he can use effectively and he continues to do so. Usually, more diversity is good but there is enough variation in this production to keep it very enjoyable.

The lyricism is obviously fantastic as Ludacris never disappoints with his verses. The wordplay comes across with a lot of passion with a lot of emotion packed in to give it some extra kick. There is no bar left without some lyrical technique involved and it makes this a great album to listen to.

The features put in good verses and help bring another dimension to the album. Each may have different qualities to Luda but that helps strengthen the project further. Some features that were a bit more unexpected may have made some slightly more interesting tracks but there is not anything wrong with what has been produced here.

Overall, this is a great album to listen to, although it will probably not get the recognition it deserves from any award communities. A great project from Luda and a great project for the Hip Hop world.

T-Pain – The Iron Way Review

This is a very enjoyable listen and while the use of autotune is frowned upon by portions of the Hip Hop community, T-Pain uses this opportunity to show that he is the best at using it and can use it well. There is a lot of energy in these songs and it is mostly down to autotune.

The production is excellent and combined with the autotune delivery makes for some very energetic, club ready tracks. There are a lot of interesting noises and sounds used to create beats that are rarer than others and stand out much re from the crowd. While it would be out of his nature, some more slowed down beats may help T-Pain make more of a connection to the listener.

The lyricism is better than expected. T-Pain includes a lot of different rap techniques through out the mixtape and it really shows that he is moving forward still in his career. It is clearer when he isn’t using autotune but it is all peppered through the entire project and helps build up the experiance.

The features are also excellent and all contribute to this being a good mixtape. All the guests put in good effort and channel thier passion for music into thier contributions. Some features a bit further out of his comfort zone may make a couple of interesting moments but this selection make great listening.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen and there is a song on there for everyone. T-Pain makes some great songs and should be commended on his efforts.

Que – The Sixth Man Review

This is a good project from Que but does still have its downsides. The street level tracks he puts out are great but that seems to be almost all he grinds out.

The production is great for the formula that Que has to make songs, but does not give him much scope to expand on his repertoire. The beats are dark and leave a lot of space for Que to manouvre with his raps. However there is not a great deal of diversity and if Que made a commercial album, he would need to have more songs to cater to a wider audiance.

The lyricism is not complex and comes across as average, but his higher than averag delivery help make them more entertaining. His wordplay is fairly basic with a few tries at making a few bars of a higher level. If he wants to get higher on the Hip Hop ladder, he will need to work on improving his lyricism.

The feature does a good job bringing a level of diversity to the project but does not put in a good verse. While Young Dolph does put some effort into what he writes, it is so plain and generic that it is not enjoyable. He needs to try and move forward instead of stagnating.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen and can be good background music. However it lacks luster and needed to be morse versatile to attract more people to listen to it. Que has started off well but needs to carry that momentum forward.

Action Bronson – Mr Wonderful Review

This is a refreshing listen as Bronson brings his blend of wit and lyricism with some great backing beats to breath some life into a one way Hip Hop world. Bronson attempts to use his skills to show the world that Hip Hop has more than one option for the future.

The production is excellent and the minimal use of unusual noises helps the beats be a bit smoother. Each track has its own feeling and atmosphere even if the sounds used are very similar. Most of the songs are fairly subdued in backing, allowing Bronson to have more freedom for his rapping, but some more high energy elements may have helped to give the album more replay-ability.

The lyricism is fantastic and is the top point of this album. Bronson flexes his lyrical biceps and weaves imaginative tapestries that are full of description. He uses a very full range of techniques to enhance his wordplay and make an entertaining set of songs that do t have a lot to criticise in the lyrics department.

The features aren’t great as they tend to blend a lot into the background without standing out but they put in good efforts that can be enjoyed if the listener tries hard enough. If they were a bit more eclectic and did something a bit different, the album may have had a touch more diversity.

Overall, this album is very entertaining if your a fan of lyricism. However, if your looking for big party tunes, you may not find them on here. 

Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt Review

This album is certainly different from others available at the moment but that may not necessarily be a good thing. The backing is much more relaxed and calm with the lyricism relying on the words and not so much on delivery and this all comes together to make an interesting listen.

The production is very laid back and provides a good base for Earl to showcase his skills. The use of instruments and sounds helps create beats that are more individual than others and make each track more enticing. The main issue is that there is not a lot of energy in each beat and it can feel like the music is not connecting to the listener. However the lyrics help bring it back as enjoyable.

The lyricism is not complex but it is powerful due to the involved nature of most of the tracks. The way the words are put together and the emotional weight they carry help make the lyrics hit harder with the listener. The delivery can come across as flat as Earl does not have a lot of variation in his performance but the words themselves are strong.

The features are good but can be difficult to distinguish from Earl. This detracts from their efforts on each song and doesn’t really show the guests in the best light. If they had been a bit more assertive then they may have stood out a bit more on thier tracks.

Overall, the album is enjoyable to listen to but not for the conventional reasons other albums recently have been enjoyed. The calmer nature of the tracks may not be for everyone but the people who do enjoy them, will enjoy them a lot.

Future and DJ Esco – 56 nights Review

This is more of the same from Future and while the production is different, he comes across as disappointing. The backing is a little more eclectic but at the volume this music is being produced these days it needs something a little more to make every track stand out from the rest.

The production is good and has more of a signiture feel to it than other production. There is a high energy level throughout this project that helps make this more enjoyable to listen to. However each track is not totally differentiated from one another. This can be offset by the skits in the end of the tracks 

The lyricism is not great with only a few attempts at higher than poor lyrics. Future relies on his delivery to make entertaining songs. The main problem with this is that his delivery can come across as very flat and his heavy use of autotune makes songs that seem the same from his own point of view. 

Overall, this has some enjoyable moments due to the high amount of energy in the tracks, but it is also a sign that future is not attempting to move forward in his rap career. He does not appear to be changing anything at all.