Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth Review

This album is what the title describes. All the tracks have truth in them and Trae does a good job putting his passion into the rhymes.

The production is great and gives enough scope for Trae to really explore around his emotions and feelings. There is not too much going on in the background to overpower the artists but they do have enough impact that they aren’t forgotten. Some more higher energy tracks could have balanced it out slightly more, however that would not be in the spirit of the emotional sharing.

The lyricism is good but most of the enjoyment comes from his delivery. His unique tone makes Trae easily discernible to the listener while his rhymes have enough power behind them to sink in and make you think. Some more complex techniques could entice more of an audiance, however that is not the aim of this project. Trae has selected his audiance and plays directly to them.

The features all do a good job of adding more depth to the tracks. They all bring a lot of effort to thier songs and give another opinion on the topic at hand. A couple more singing guests could strengthen the additional dimension, but Trae has selected a good group for this project.

Overall, this album is enjoyable to listen to while also making you think. It is good to see Trae make a full album rather than the stream of features the world has seen from him recently.

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DJ Mustard – 10 Summers: The Mixtape Volume One Review

This mixtape, while being cohesive and extremely replayable, does have a slight downside. That being that while DJ Mustard does a great job on the backing, the actual talent from his roster can come across as very similar to each other in ability and style.

The production is excellent and definately has the DJ Mustard signiture sound all over it. All the beats are really smooth and flow together without merging. There is pretty much no improvements to make to the production on here as DJ Mustard crafts near perfection.

The features do a good job fleshing out these tracks but there are a lot of similarities in the recurring guests. All of them bring good verses that are diverse enough to be enjoyable, however thier style and lyrical prowess all tend towards the same things which is not in your face obvious, but it does show itself to be true.

Overall, this is an entertaining and laidback listening experiance with DJ Mustard showcasing not only his beat making prowess, but what his record label is capable of. His crew bring a good skill level to this mixtape to take forward to thier own projects.

Bugzy Malone – Walk With Me Review

This project is a good showing of a lot of different skills from Bugzy, but feels loosely thrown together and not overly cohesive. While the songs are enjoyable, there is not a lot of replay ability for the project as a whole.

The production is good and has a lot of scope to work with. Each beat is differentiated enough to be recognisable by itself and add a great atmosphere to the song. A few more tracks could help to add some different beats for more situations to rap over, but there is a good selection on here.

The lyricism is good and enjoyable, however not great. While a large portion of the songs are donated to emotional content so they have a lot of impact, the more energetic tracks needed a touch more complexity to really land home. On the other hand, the delivery is also a big factor here.

Overall, this project has some great tracks and Bugzy Malone shows some good talent. He may need to work on how he structures his next showing, however this is entertaining to listen to.

Sway – Deliverence Review

This album can be hard to get into at first, but has a lot of great moments that make this a great listen. Sway uses a lot of variation in his songs to keep this fresh while you listen through.

The production is excellent and has a beat for every situation. There is a lot of diversity in the listen through, from the high energy to the personally emotional. There are no issues with the selection here as Sway does a great job utilising what he has chosen.

The lyricism is good and enjoyable. While Sway does slow down for some of the more intimate moments, this is very fast paced which can make some of the rhymes difficult to decipher. However once caught, the rhymes are great, helping to make this album as good as it is.

The features are great with a good balance of guests who rap and sing. Each brings in a lot of effort and fit perfectly with the role Sway has provided. The guests on this are well thought out and have no real issues with the project.

Overall, this project is great to listen to as well as select the songs you prefer for a playlist. Sway is representing the UK pretty hard and coming up with another great album to grow the grime scene.

Capone-N-Noreaga – LESSONS Review

This album is great for the most part and does exactly what Capone-N-Noreaga are aiming for. The only marginal downside is the over use of the hooks on some songs, but the project still works well overall.

The production is good and is textbook New York. This helps the duo to stay close to thier roots and keep making music that will connect to the audiance. A few more backings that are a touch further afield from thier comfort zone could show more of a diverse ability, however these beats fit very well with thier ethos so they can not really be blamed.

The lyricism is great and helps to make the descriptive portions of the album much more effective. While they are not in the absolute elite catagory of lyrical ability, they are above average and really show it on this album. Some more varied techniques could help to show a higher level of ability, but both Capone and Noreaga do great work here.

The features are great and help to add additional points of view to the project. Especially on the emotional songs, these guests bring in more depth that accentuate the impact of the wordplay. A few more big name features or some singing ones could add yet another dimension to this project, however Capone-N-Noreaga have good chemistry with those they have selected.

Overall, the elements on this album come together to make a lot of great songs that show Capone-N-Noreaga can still work effectively as a duo. A great goal for all long standing groups in Hip Hop.

Hopsin – Pound Syndrome Review

This album is a great showing of how independant artists can be successful without bending to mainstream pressure. Hopsin has put together an album that seperates himself from the pack of independant artist and puts him on top.

The production is excellent and is tailored exclusively to Hopsin’s style and needs. There is a lot of diversity in the beats to allow a lot of different content which gives the project such balance. Maybe a few more high energy tracks would have helped balance it out more, but on a personal album like this, it may not have fitted with the aim.

The lyricism is fantastic as Hopsin once again showcases his incredible talents. He utilises a lot of different techniques, mostly multi syllable schemes, to really bolster his imagery and story telling ability. With his variety in delivery and flow, there is no obvious way to improve this side of the album.

The features are good and really help to add depth to this project. Each brings a good verse to the track they are on and this really helps with the story telling from another point of view. A singing feature could have added another dimension, however Hopsin has a lot of that under raps most of the time anyway.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable album that is going to rejuvenate his fanbase to another bought of absolute loyalty. Hopsin should be congratulated on his effort here and to bounce back from an album that he thought was subpar.

Madchild – Silver Tongue Devil Review

This project is a great step for independant artists who want to be entirely them for all of thier songs. While this does still have it’s flaws, there is no doubt that this is one of the premium independant releases of the year so far.

The production is very good with a lot of diversity when it comes to how Madchild wants the listener to feel. There are a lot of different atmosphere’s with many different instruments in effect to make some very interesting tracks. A few more mainstream backings could show more of a complete skill of Madchilds rapping, but the actual selection here allows him to be himself and keep the personal nature of this album.

The lyricism is really excellent and shows Madchild at his best.  Every bar is packed with wordplay and techniques that really help to with the descriptive portion as well as the stroy telling. There is no real way that Madchild could improve his rapping. He may want to look for more references as some get heard a few times through the project, however that is it.

The features are good and help to showcase thier own ability as well as increase the level of cohesion on this album. While it is only a few people appearing a few times, they show what they are capable of in different ways. A few more features, with maybe some singing could add an extra dimension but Madchild does a good job on his solo tracks as well as when with a guest so it doesn’t need anything more.

Overall, this is a really great album that runs just slightly long in tracks. However it is still a personal journey that the listener can embark on with one of the rap games most lyrical players.