Kid Cali – Kid Cali Review

This mixtape is an example of an artist who sounds too much like others and doesnt have enough punch to break out into his own character. Kid Cali needs to step up if he wants to have a big career.

The production is good, reminiscent of DJ Mustard, and is one of the only good elements of the project. Each track is different enough so that they don’t run into one another but it could be tricky to pick any beat out if there were no lyrics. A bit more diversification could lead to a project that could have a lot more diversification.

The lyricism is poor and Kid Cali apparently relies on delivery to carry the mixtape through. There is a lot of repetition, even from track to track, and very little wordplay. A bump in the level of lyrical technique could go a long way to improving this project.

The features do a lot to add extra dimensions to the project. With the singing and changes in tone help break up the monotony of hearing Kid Cali rap about the same things over and over. A few more guests could have improved this further, but Kid Cali thought he would showcase his own ability.

Overall, this mixtape shows what Kid Cali can do but it does do a poor job of showing how big a talent he is. It positively shows the opposite. Kid Cali needs to try a lot harder to become a staple in Hip Hop.

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Skyzoo – Music For My Friends Review

This is a great album for the more emotional listener who enjoys those connections to the artist. Skyzoo forges that connection early in the first track and rides it all the way through the project to make it seem like your there with him.

The production is good with plenty of scope for Skyzoo to pour his soul in. There are mostly more layed back beats with a few more uptempo moments which allow for the more emotional moments that Skyzoo requires for the theme. A couple more energetic songs could have made a project more accessible for the masses, but this intimate album is great for real Hip Hop listeners.

The lyricism is great with above average wordplay and fantastic imagery. This all helps to bring the listener into the stories and makes the collection of feelings and tales into more of a journey. Taking this lyrical ability to more universal offerings would make Skyzoo a wider known rapper, but to be able to tell these stories in such depth are great.

The features are good, helping with the story telling aspect. The cohesive nature of the guests makes the tracks all flow together and make the album smooth and not jarred together. A few more guests with more ofa singing ability could add an extra dimension to the album, but there are no problems with the selection.

Overall, this is a good project if your willing to delve into the emotional pool that Skyzoo puts forth. What he has on here, he has crafted very well and should look at making more tracks like this.

Slum Village – YES Review

This album has a lot of elements to take the listener back to a different time in Hip Hop. If it wasn’t for the topical content, this could have been a ninties project.

The production is very laidback and eases in the listener to the whole experiance. It is easy listening for the most part with a few sharper moments that lend itself to the more politically inclined lyrics. A few more beats with a modern feel could show that Slum Village accepts the modern era of Hip Hop, but thier beat selection fits extremely well with thier style.

The lyricism is strong and flows through the whole project. Every member does a great job layering thier rhymes to help with the imagery as well as the rhythem of the tracks. There are very few improvement to be made of thier individual performances.

The features all add to the feel of the tracks and build up the lyrical repetoire. All of them add good verses and have a great deal of chemistry with the group. A few features with more of a presence in Hip Hop could help attract a few new listeners, however Slum Village have selected thier guests well.

Overall, this is a good kickback album with a lot of good points and no clear bad ones. All of Slum Village should be proud of keeping thier sound all these years.

Czarface (Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric) – Every Hero Needs A Villan Review

This is a great album filled with comic book references and rhymes that make less able rappers pale. Every member of Czarface does a great job and should be happy with this project.

The production is full of that old school sounds you expect from old batman movies. The inclusion of these older noises help add to the theme and make a cohesive feel. All the beats are diverse and allow a range of content. A few more modern sounding tracks could show that Czarface could still be more diverse, however the selection fits the theme of this project very well.

The lyricism is excellent and all the artists do a great job of showcasing thier talents. Each of them have great verses and incorporate fantastic references within thier rhymes. It is possible that an improvement in thier delivery could help distinguish them from one another, but they all definately have great verses.

The features are good and help build the cohesiveness of the project. They all bring thier own good verses to the album to keep up the high standard. A few singing guests could have added an extra dimension but all of the guests work well together.

Overall, this is a great album to listen to with a few end of track skits and a lot of replay value. All three members should be proud of what they have put together.

Fat Trel – Georgetown Review

This album has a lot of really good moments that are mixed into some average ones to show growth in the rap game. Fat Trel has now worked with almost every kind of rapper now and has taken that experiance to a new level.

The production is good with a good variety of beats for Fat Trel to work with. The changes in tempo as well as structure help make this a cohesive mixtape with a lot of replay value. It is possible that quicker changes between  the backing types could have kept slightly more interest on a whole listen through, but there are very few problems with the production on this.

The lyricism is good and helps to make the imagery much more real to the listener. while every line is not packed with techniques, the passion behind them carries them through to the next batch of lyrical wit. A couple more bars packed with more wordplay, but Fat Trel does a good job with his rhymes.

The features add a lot to the mixtape as there are plenty of them without over powering Trel. They all put in a good amount of effort and have great verses to show for it. Some features further from the rap game could make a few more interesting tracks, but that is the case for a lot of artists out there so it can’t count against Trel too much.

Overall, this is a good mixtape to help promote Fat Trel as a member of MMG and as an individual. Trel has crafted an exceptional piece of work and should carry that momentum forward to an album.

Troy Ave – Major Without A Deal Review

This album is ruined by all the references to how successful he currently feels he is. However the arrogance displayed does not reflect his position in Hip Hop and this project may well have brought him down a stage.

The production is good and opens a variety of avenues for song content. Troy does try his hand at a variety of track types, but doesnt get into the groove of each beat to make the connections cohesive. While variety is good, he needs to limit it down to a beat selection he really gels with.

The lyricism is alright but the lack of substantial content really takes from the performance. Troy Ave does have some good things wrapped into his rhymes but the delivery and obsession with wealth take away from what could be some great songs. Troy needs to look into some new things to rap about if he wants to be an actual success.

The features are a mixture of cohesive guests to big name rappers who all do well on the tracks they feature on. All of them put in good effort and, while some do better than others, each shows they can be big in Hip Hop. Some features that dont fit the rap profile so much could have expanded the audiance for this project, but the guests on this are a good selection.

Overall, this could have been an enjoyable album but Troy Ave does not seem to care about how good the songs are as long as he can rap about money. He has a lot of work to do.

Skeme – Inglewood 2 Review

This is a great project with a lot of range in content and the audiance it may appeal to. Skeme shows that he can make songs for almost any Hip Hop listener and that he can do it well.

The production is excellent and blends well with Skeme’s style of rap. The beats are diverse with a fair amount of style variation and can be distinguished from one another easily. It is possible that Skeme should try a few backings with more of a mainstream feel, but may not want to compromise his integrity to gain more fame.

The lyricism is also good with Skeme stepping up his currant skills with more wordplay. Every bar seems to contain a rap technique that helps with the imagery and really boost how Skeme is coming along as an artist. He could still try changing his flow up a bit on songs for a touch more impact but he is definitely improving and making good rhymes.

The features are all good and show a great range of people that Skeme can work with. All the guests bring good verses that really boost the tracks and make the project more cohesive. There are no wrong choices with these guests and they all work together well.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape that shows many sides of Skeme. He does well to craft such varied rhymes and should be commended on his work ethic.