Kevin Gates – Murder For Hire Review

This project is very short in comparison to other mixtapes Gates has put out before, but it is extremely cohesive and can be played on repeat without losing its enjoyment. Gates is showing that he can make music that people enjoy, while keeping his own street identity.

The production is excellent and keeps the high energy level that makes the tracks that Gates is his best on. While they have this energy level, each is distinctive enough that they don’t get confused with each other. A few slower tracks may have made a more well rounded project, however this short mixtape is a good reminder of how good Gates’ beat selection is.

The lyricism is good and helps with the imagery that Gates puts in his rhymes. While his lyrics arent overly complex and weaved with layerd devices, his delivery and passion shine through and really boost the impact of the rhymes. Gates may want to look into making his raps a touch more complicated to help attract that audiance of Hip Hop, but he is definately already effective with his current skills.

The choice to only have one feature is a strong one on a project that only has seven tracks. This gives Gates more of an opportunity to show what he can do instead of promote other artists through his mixtape. The feature does do well to put in a good verse and boost the track they are on.

Overall, this is a good mixtape for bursts of energy and for Kevin Gates to show how he is developing as an artist. When he comes out with a studio album, if it contains songs like these, it should be a hit with Hip Hop audiances the world over.

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Jeezy – Gangta Party Review

The title of this mixtape describes exactly what you will find when listening to it. There is a track for almost any party scenario and Jeezy excels in this particular area.

The production is excellent and is all exactly what each track needs to stay energized and keep the atmosphere going. All the tracks have a slightly different feel while keeping the party vibe to keep the theme alive. Maybe some songs with a more emotional feel could make a more well rounded project but that is not in the spirit of this project.

The lyricism is good but is not near the best in the rap game. While the rhymes are entertaining and all lend themselves to the energetic party theme, it is not overly complex to bring in that particular audiance. However each track is enjoyable and the simplified rhymes help to get the party factor across.

The features all help with the energy factor. Most of them are up and comers who make trap music so fit in well with what Jeezy is looking to accomplish. This means that they each bring good effort to the track they are on to help make a cohesive project.

Overall, this is a good mixtape if you need something that the title describes. However it is not much good for anything else.

Boosie Badazz – Touch Down 2 Cause Hell Review

This album is a great comback for Boosie after his incarceration and after putting in work on other peoples projects. He takes all his effots growing as an artist and his connections made with other artists to craft an album with a great balance of fun, emotions and guests.

The production is excellent and works perfectly with each track’s message. The beats are all diverse and definately wont be confused with each other, while also staying true to the message of each track. Maybe mixing up the structure of the album to space out the emotional content could help to make a whole listen through easyier to digest but it is all still entertaining to hear a whole play through.

The lyricism is good and is improving still, but falls short of perfect. Boosie fills his song with wordplay and the lines that don’t have a rap technique in, he fills with passion and emotion so that it has a good amount of impact with the listener. He may want to try and add a touch more complex wordplay into a few more lines to pull in the lyrical purists.

The features all put in a good job assisting Boosie on the tracks. They each write great verses and put on fantastic performances that lead to great cohesion over the album. A lot of big names are involved in the credits and shows how far Boosie has come in his career.

Overall, this album has a lot of great points and with no obvious mis-steps, this is an easy album to listen to. It could still be a bit smoother and Boosie could still improve his lyricism, but there is no doubt that he has been able to craft one of the better albums of this year so far.

A$AP Rocky – AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP Review

This album has a lotof the same elements as his previous effort that was a big hit with audiances and this should be also. While there arent any outragously club or party tracks, it is all heartfelt and enjoyable to a majority of listeners.

The production is excellent and all comes together to help showcase Rocky’s skills. Each beat has a different feel while some may appear similar, but if the listener pays the slightest amount of attention, the differences are clear and help show how cohesive this project is. Bringing some more energetic music into it may help to create a more all round project but Rocky has done well to keep his individual tastes through his beat selection.

The lyricism is good and helps to take what Rocky is saying and show the message clearly to the listener. Rocky has done well to improve upon what he had when it came to technical skills and to keep the level of lyricism to a good standard. On the other hand it is not as complicated as it could be, to attract the elitest lyrical listeners, but Rocky is effective with his rhymes.

The features are all effective on thier tracks and help to build up the level of cohesion on the project. Each guest is selected to work perfectly with the beat they are on and this helps each of them to produce verses to rival Rockys own. Some guests to open Rocky up to a wider selection of genres may make tracks to appeal to an even wider audiance, however that may not have made this an easy listen for Hip Hop purists.

Overall, this album has built on the success of Rockys previous efforts and has shown growth as an artist. Rocky should use this momentum to build up more of A$AP Mob and to take his brand to new heights.

Dizzy Wright – The Growing Process Review

This is a great album for kicking back to, or for smoking to if that is what you wanna do. There is a lot of songs aimed at smoking as well as more thought provoking songs.

The production is excellent and works extremely well with what Dizzy is rapping about on each track. the beats are cohesive and flow together without becoming one long song. A few more songs with higher energy may create a more universal project but it can be seen that Dizzy doesn’t want to give up on making songs he believes in.

The lyricism is also very good without being too complicated that it gets missed. Each song seems to have excellent wordplay in it backed up by Dizzy Wright’s passion about the content that improves the impact of each bar. Adding a few complications to his rhymes may help show more of an all round rap ability but there is no doubt that he knows how to write to connect with the listener.

The features are fantastic and show how Dizzy has made connections in the rap game. Each guest puts in a good effort and comes away with a good verse that helps to build up the track they are on. A few more guests that are either veterans or more likely to sing could help to create a more well rounded project, however there is no doubt to the effectiveness of who Dizzy has chosen for this project.

Overall, this project has the desired feel and atmosphere that Dizzy intends. It has all the makings of a laid back and enjoyable project that many people can enjoy and be entertained by.

Fabolous – Friday Night Freestyles Review

This is a daring project to take Hip Hop back to a more lyrically focused time and Fabolous does a great job doing it. The fact that the production is all from previous songs makes this even more challenging for him but he takes it all in his strides.

The production is excellent, although not new. Most of the beats may have an old times feel, but each comes from a classic track that makes Fabolous compete for the best verse. It would be nice, even though he recently released a new album, to hear some fresher production but he works well with the backings on these songs.

The lyricism is excellent and there are few ways for it to improve. Fabolous crams every track with an assortment of lyrical techniques that improve the impact of each bar as well as the imagery. His laid back delivery can sometimes make it feel like he is not really trying but the way he structures his rhymes helps to show his passion.

The features all do a great job and all help build the lyrical ability on this project. All of them are lyrically adept and showcase their own ability while somehow boosting Fabolous to new lyrical heights. While this mixtape needed the lyrically able, it may be interesting to see Fabolous work with some artist further afield from his own ability.

Overall, this is a great mixtape because it doesn’t rely on the production to carry it. All the production is from previous songs by other artists and Fabolous simply takes it to show that he is still one of the best to do it.

Jim Jones – Miami Vampin Review

This project comes across as confusing and unfocused. Jim Jones does not even come across as the strongest presence on most of the tracks.

The production is good and fits well with the messages of the songs. There is a good variation, with the exception of love songs, of beats to work with and this helps keep the project cohesive and enjoyable. However it is missing more emotional connections to the listener, if that is what your looking for.

The lyricism is enjoyable but won’t put Jim Jones in any complex lyricists books. The way it is structured and the content can be entertaining and Jim has good vocal changes to keep the listener interested. Now Jim Jones can work on improving how complicated his lyrics are to attract a wider audiance.

The features are good and have a huge impact on the mixtape. Each brings a good verse and boosts the tracks they are on to new heights. However they eclipse Jim Jones somewhat and this could cause problems if Jones can’t be the main event on his own project.

Overall, this is an enjoyable mixtape with the flaw that Jim Jones is not the presence he wants to be. He may want to work on bringing his own performance to a higher standard to make sure people know it is his song.