Busts Rhymes – The Return Of The Dragon (The Abstract Went On Vacation) Review

This mixtape shows that Busta Rhymes is still making great music that helped raised his profile in the first place. Without Q-Tip to help, he carries more of the burden and excels while doing so.

The production is good as it works well with Busta Rhymes style Each beat has its own feel and atmosphere which helps show the variation that Busta can work with. Maybe a few more slowed down tracks could show a higher level of diversity but the backing selection on this is fantastic overall.

The lyricism is fast paced, rapid fire and full of multi schemes. Busta shows that he has not slowed down over time and keeps his rhymes coming with barely a breath in between bars. A few different techniques could show more growth as an artist, but Rhymes has done a great job keeping his level so high after all these years.

The features all do a good job too as they show thier own skills as well as filling out the project with fresh voices. Each has a good verse which helps keep the entertainment high and keeps the project cohesive. Some singers could have had an interesting effect, but the selection on here is great.

Overall, this project is great fun to listen to and keeps Busta Rhymes in the public light. He shows his talent and shows plans to keep his momentum going.

Fabolous – Summer Shootout Review

This project is great as it shows that Fabolous is still making great music. He uses his great skill. To make these that have a summertime feel but with a winter coldness.

The production is great as it is light and breezy but with the ability to apply to any content. The beats are all individual and won’t get confused with any of the other songs. Any other style of production would not have been in the keeping with the theme.

The lyricism is fantastic with Fabolous showing how he first built his name in Hip Hop. He uses a range of techniques flawlessly to get his point across with great imagery and with plenty of impact. There are no real problems with the rhymes on this project.

The features are diverse and help to pull the project together. Each has an enjoyable verse or hook that helps push Fabolous to work harder as well as show what each of the guests are capable of. Maybe some more singers could give the project a little extra something but there are no problems with the selection here.

Overall, this project is a great showing for Fabolous and to show that the mixtape world can still crank out album worthy projects. Hopefully Fabolous can carry this momentum forward.

Kid Ink – Summer In The Winter Review

This album is exactly what the title indicates with all the summer vibes it needs to make you forget it is Winter. With plenty of DJ Mustard’s signiture style to generate energy, if your missing warmer weather then this is the project for you.

The production is fantastic with DJ Mustard using his immense talent to pour a lot of great beats into this project. Each is still individual without running together while giving scope for a range of content to be explored. There are no problems with the beat selection on this.

The lyricism is good with Kid Ink using his ability to explore different techniques to enhance his writing. He tries a few different ways to make his imagery and the impact of his words improved but they sometimes fall short of the mark. While never by much it does influence the tracks and how they play out.

The features help to flesh out the project some more so that Kid Ink does not become stale on a full listen through. Each brings in an entertainment factor that plays well with the production and helps to make the project more cohesive. A few more singers could have made a few more interesting combinations, but the guest selection here works well.

Overall, this project is great for remembering the past summers and looking forward to the future ones. Kid Ink has crafted a project that fits its objective perfectly.

Nike Lebron 13 Basketball Shoe Review

This shoe is similar to the previous model but with more refined features that make this a more effective piece of footwear. This is effective while allowing plenty of movement and leaping ability.

The hyperposite construction is still sturdy but allows for more movement with more clever placement of the stronger material. The placement along the top of the shoe also helps keep the shoe flexible while holding shape. It can be uncomfortable if worn for extended periods but is great otherwise.

The Flywire and laces help hold the whole top of the shoe down to the foot to keep energy flowing easily through the shoe. The outsole shank as it gives the shoe its shape while holding the arch of the foot in place. The heel loop also helps to make the shoe easy to put on and take off.

The outsole has pockets of airbags that help the wearer to leap further and higher while being comfortable to walk and run in. The midsole has a good amount of cushioning that helps to make sure that when the wearer is moving, the damage to their knees and ankles is minimalized.

Overall, this shoe is great for the sport of basketball and is still a step forward despite the comparisons to the previous shoe. Let us see if it will bring Lebron any luck this season.

President T – Greatest To Ever Touch Down Review

This album shows that President T can have an effective verse but that the songs do not have great cohesion. While each song is somewhat enjoyable, as a listen through it completely falls down.

The production is packed with Grime features but there is not a lot of big energy moments to push it forward. Each beat has its time but they don’t flow through easily and make the project sound jarring. Maybe some smoother backings could helps to make this an easier listen, but President T has selected beats he is sure he is most effective over.

The lyricism is good with some complexity but not too much for it to go over people’s heads. His delivery is a major point here but his rhymes do add to the imagery and descriptive power somewhat. Some more complicated rhymes could help this out, but President T does a decent job on this.

The features help to make this more cohesive and show what connections President T has in grime. Each brings a good verse that helps fill out the track they are on. Some more singers could show more of a balanced guest list but President T has chosen well on this project.

Overall, this album may not be the best of the year, but it can still be entertaining to hear. It will be interesting to see where President T is going to take his career after this.

Lady Shocker – Queen Of The Pack EP Review

This EP shows that Lady Shocker can be aggressive and put that aggression into her rhymes. She shows she can play tough and not hold back with her bars.

The production is heavy hitting and energetic to go with Lady Shocker’s style. Each song has an individual feel but with the underlying feel of menace. Maybe a softer track could show another side to Lady Shocker, but would go against the theme of the project.

The lyricism is good with Lady Shocker coming with some real bars to put the fear into her male competitors. She uses a variety of techniques to really increase the impact of what she is saying. Her delivery also helps to boost her rhymes but it could be good to see her being more emotional.

The features are good as they show she can work as part of a squad as well as a solo artist. Each of them works well with Lady Shocker and showcases thier own skills  to a wider audiance. Maybe a few more singers could add another dimension to the EP, but with such few tracks, this could have hampered the running theme.

Overall, this EP shows how forward Lady Shocker can be while still being entertaining. Moving forward, Lady Shocker should take this momentum and start expanding her repetoire.

Tinie Tempah – Junk Food Review

This project has a lot of good chemistry between Tempah and the other artists featured on it. While the songs may not be of the absolute highest quality, they are all entertaining.

The production is grimes with plenty of energy flowing through it to keep the music bouncing. Each of the beats is individual and gives each song more of a personality of its own. Maybe some more universally pop like tracks could help to give this project a higher profile but the intimate nature of this project helps give it more of an impact.

The lyricism is good with Tinie Tempah showing the skills that first brought him to the limelight. He uses a range of techniques to dot his raps with clever wordplay that makes this a very enjoyable listen. Some changes in flow could show more diversity but Tempah does well on this.

The features all help pull this project together. The guests all have good verses and the range of vocal depth really makes this cohesive and an impressive array of stars like this shows a lot of connections in the rap world. A few more singers could add another dimension but there is no problem with the selection here.

Overall, this project has a lot of good elements about it, if you enjoy this area of Grime. If you prefer the more mainstream vibe, then this might not hit the exact Mark.

Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before The Dawn: The Prelude Review

This album s a good introduction to the direction Pusha T is heading and he shows his ability on every track. The way this project has turned out, whatever comes next will be incredible.

The production is on the dark side but with enough energy to keep the listener interested. Each song has a standout beat that would not be confused with any other song on the album. Something cheerier could show that Pusha T can have more of a balance, but that is not in keeping with the theme of the project.

The lyricism is good with Pusha T doing plenty to keep his rhymes interesting. Using a range of techniques he adds a lot of imagery and impact to his words to make them land harder with the audiance. There are no real problems with what Pusha T has delivered on this project.

The features do a good job of fleshing out the songs on this album so that they are enjoyable and provide comparison points for Pusha T. Each brings a good verse that pumps up the project and makes some good chemistry on the project. Maybe a few singers could help to balance out this album a bit more, but the guests really work well here.

Overall, this is a great album for those waiting for Pusha T to keep pushing rap forward. He only does well here so let’s hope he carries this momentum forward.

Lizzo – Big GRRRL Small World Review

This album is a step forward as well as a step back for female emcees as Lizzo shows her considerable skill but while not using it to push female emcees into the forefront of Hip Hop. This would have taken it from great to incredible.

The production is fantastic with a lot of energy and bounce that helps make this project listenable. Each song has a similar sound that carries through that helps Lizzo to make a cohesive project. Maybe some slower and more sombre tracks could have made a more balanced project but this is still a great listen.

The lyricism is good to keep purists happy but the delivery and performance really eccentuate the rhymes. While some techniques are used to build up the impact of the raps, the way she puts them across with her aggressive tone really adds to the tracks. Some more lyrical devices would be great but she does well on this project to show what she is capable of.

Overall, this is a fun project that shows what Lizzo is capable of without the need for features to hold it up. Lizzo should be happy with how this project has turned out.

Various Artists – Revenge Of The Dreamers II Review

This surprise release has all the signs of being a Dreamville release but has too much of J Coles own signiture flavour to make it feel like a group project. While not a huge loss, you lose some of the other talents impact.

The production is good with a lot of room for the artists to put thier own spin on the track. While J Cole does this with ease, the other struggle to put thier spice on it. Maybe some beats with some more of thier own strengths could be great but the backings on this are a good platform for the artists to work off of.

The lyricism is good from the group on this project and helps show how talented they actually are. No one is slacking on this and J Cole leads the group by really excelling on his songs. Each member does a good job and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project to help bring the Dreamville artists further into the public eyes, but we need to see them do more by themselves to know what they are really capable of.