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.