Verb T And Illinformed – The Man With The Foggy Eyes Review

This album is great for people who have been following Verb T’s career but it does not do a great deal to entice new listeners. The content is personnal to Verb a lot of the time so unless you know a bit about him already, you could be at a slight loss.

The production is handled by Illinformed and he skillfully keeps up his signiture sound while giving Verb T plenty of oppertunity to showcase his skills. There is a slight haunting atmosphere in the tracks as well as a sort of dark energy. For this project it works well, but More variety could lead to a more interesting listen through.

The lyricism is good and makes some really great moments. However some of Verb T’s delivery can become stale, despite his passion backing it. If he varied his tone a bit more, his rhymes may sink harder into the listener. On the other hand, he does use some intricate wordplay as well as some other devices that show he is still effective at his craft.

The features work well with Verb T and efficiently with Illinformed beats. Each puts in good effort and compliments Verb T’s style well. A few guests outside of his comfort zone could make some more interesting tracks, however the ones here do a fantastic job.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album that shows Verb T can stand alone as with his group members, The Four Owls. This is a good step for both him and for Illinformed, to get thier names out there to the people.

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Shotty Horroh – Sixteen Minutes Past Three Review

This album has a lot of greatness from Shotty Horroh but could actually do with some beefed up production. Shotty utilises his battling skills to make some lyrical genius and make this a joy to listen to.

The production is a good basis for Shotty to work with but does not carry its own weight. It gives plenty of room for the artist to do thier work, but would be weak on its own. It does not have a lot of its own firepower but does allow Shotty to accomplish his rhyme goals.

The lyricism is excellent and Shotty Horroh does a lot of good work here. He uses a few different techniques and flows to keep things fresh and interesting. There are no issues with what Shotty is doing here, except possibly widening his fanbase with some more radio friendly tracks.

The features do a great job of adding other points of view and fleshing out this project. Each brings a good verse that adds plenty to the track they are on. A few guests who sing or are more mainstream could have brought this more attention, however this is a very enjoyable listening experiance.

Overall, this album is very enjoyable to listen to and shows many sides of Shotty Horroh. This is a good step into the public eye of music and hopefully his success reflects his talent.

Anderson .Paak – Venice Review

This album is a great tasting palette for how Venice California could seem, and brings a lot of potential to this album. Anderson Paak uses his talents to bring the landscape to life.

The production is really amazing as there is a smooth sound that runs throughout the all the songs while having a different atmosphere and energy level on each track. This really helps to give Anderson the platform to shine from. Maybe a few songs with a grittier feel could show that Anderson has a bigger emotional range that he is showing, but the beat selection on this works for a project.

The lyricism is not complex but is backed by passion. Anderson uses his musical tones to gently get his point across while keeping it entertaining. Possibly a few more rap style moments rather than the singing could make this appeal more to the Hip Hop audiance, however this still lands increadibly well with the listener.

The choice to have one feature is good considering projects that Anderson has featured on recently. It would be too easy to bring some of that talent over to get the project more attention, but the one feature does a great job and Anderson is left to really make people hear his skills on the project.

Overall, this album is great to listen to and is very enjoyable. Anderson .Paak should be very proud of what he has put together.

Bars And Melody – 143 Review

This album shows a good understanding of how to make a pop song with rap in it, but also shows that rap can be harder to do than singing. A good debut with room to move forward.

The production is very eclectic and energised to carry it forward while giving space for the lyrics. There is a huge pop influence over the vast majority of these tracks as that is the target audiance and makes each song seem like a single. A few grittier beats could bring in another audiance, however Bars And Melody know thier audiance and what they work well with to great effect.

The lyricism is not complex but usually has an underlying message to appeal to the masses. The rhymes as well as the singing get the point home but are not flawless in execution. With age, the performances from both artists will improve and allow the lyrics to hit harder with more force behind them.

Overall, this album, especially with the acoustic versions of two of thier songs on the end, shows a lot of raw talent that may need some shaping and refining to become perfect. However this is a solid foundation to kick off from, and it is positively fantastic if thier age is taken into account.

Method Man – The Meth Lab Review

This album is enjoyable if you were wanting to listen to people Method Man wants you to hear. However Method man gets a touch lost in the sea of other voices.

The production is good and allows for plenty of room for the artists to manouvre. There are a range of sounds as well as a variety of atmospheres to allow for a fair amount of content. However the changes in content topic are few and more diversity could have led to more interesting tracks, but Method Man still makes some interesting songs.

The lyricism is good and really adds to the enjoyment of the album. Method Man uses his unique vocal tones with his delivery and wordplay to make some really good performances that add a lot to the tracks. However his overload of features pushes Method Man into a crowded frame instead of making him standout. He does make his verses count making them far above average.

The features crowd this project out and make the listener lose focus from Method Man on his own project. While each of them do a good job making thier tracks entertaining, they are not top class rappers as Method Man is. They still do a good job, but there are too many.

Overall, this is a good project that has a high entertainment value. Method Man needs to put himself forward more if he wants to call it his own project.

Sean Price – Songs In The Key Of Price Review

This project is short at only eight tracks but each has a lot of talent and skill put into it. It is a cohesive album that has a lot of replay value.

The production is excellent with a good range of sounds for Sean Price to work with. There are a few different atmospheres as the project progresses which helps each track sound more diverse than the others. A few more tracks with a faster tempo and more bounce could have made some more interesting tracks, but the chosen beats have enough for Sean Price to really shine.

The lyricism is good with some different techniques being explored by Price to keep the lyrics enjoyable. His signiture style helps put his passion into his work so that his rhymes keep the listener engaged. Some more flow variation could have shown a bigger variety of skill, however keeping to what he knows still makes some very good songs.

The features are great and add a lot to the songs they are on. Each of them brings thier talents to thier verse and makes a good contrast to Sean Price while making sure the listener does not forget them. Some guests from further out of his comfort zone may have made a few more memorable moments, but there is no doubt that those selected to be on this album, do a great job on it.

Overall, this project is enjoyable and entertaining while keeping his own identity on it. Sean Price has made a great last project and may he rest in peace.

Chief Keef – Bang 3 Review

This album is repetitive and does nothing for Hip Hop or Chief Keef. There is nothing groundbreaking or remotely new from Keef which leads to a bland project.

The production is alright and adds a lot of energy to the songs. Each is just about diverse enough to be recognisable from each other but are very similar. Some beats further from Chief Keef’s comfort zone would make some more interesting tracks, but most follow a close formula that becomes stale.

The lyricism is alright and Chief Keef does not slouch, but he is clearly no pushing himself to really make great music. There are some great moments that can be singled out but Keef falls into a rut. Some more effort into the rhymes could really help to cement him as a staying artist in rap.

The features are good and are the best part of this project. Each brings more to the tracks than Keef does in terms of quality and they really make thier songs stand out points. Chief Keef will need to do more to impress the listener if he has people doing these sorts of things on his own songs.

Overall, this was potentially a great album, but sloppy effort and passionless delivery make Chief Keef fall short of what he is capable of. More drive could bring Keef back to a higher level of rap music.