DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2 Review

This album shows that DJ Drama can still put together a great project after all his years in Hip Hop. While he is more of a curator than a performer, he shows he has connections and puts together exactly what the title describes.

The production is energetic while creating the atmosphere the track needs. Each is individual while bring cohesive with the overall listen through. When you listen through the whole thing, it does seem formulaic on first listen, but each backing is crafted well and will appeal to the listener.

The features really help to make this project as they are the main focus of all the songs. All put in good effort and on each track, the guests work well together as DJ Drama knew they would. He picks a few veterans as well as a great selection of up and comers to show their skills and flesh out the tracks. Maybe some artists further from what Drama already knows could make some moments further from the formula, but he knows what works and works it well.

Overall, this is a great playlist for songs for the street. DJ Drama has put this together very well and will hopefully go on to cultivate new talent as he has been.

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Schoolboy Q -Blank Face LP Review

This album has tracks for everyone but not necessarily in a cohesive order. Every track is interesting, but not all have a high level of replay ability.

The production is varied and allows plenty of scope for Schoolboy Q to work with. Each has its own feel, but some carry extremely similar elements. On a full listen through, it can sound disjointed because of the track similarities, but is still enjoyable.

The lyricism is strong with passion filling every bar of Schoolboy Q’s rhymes. He may not always have the most complex lyrics but he gets his message across with such belief that the listener feels through their whole body. Maybe some changes in flow could make some more exciting moments, but there are no real issues with the raps on this.

The features are great and add a lot to this project. Each puts in a good performance, and help to push the tracks to further greatness. Most come off well and show the connections that the main artist has made in the Hip Hop world. No problems with selection here.

Overall, this album has a lot of good things about it and will have songs that will appeal to everyone at some point. Lets see where Schoolboy Q takes this momentum next.

Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High KO Review

This shoe is stylish and eye catching as the original but the new materials make it a touch more wearable in the hotter months with its increase in breath-ability. The softer materials can help make these slightly more comfortable to wear for longer walks.

The silhouette is the famous Air Jordan 1 outline that is known the world over. The Swoosh runs all the way from the sides around the back to help the colour scheme feel fluid and make another standout point of the shoe.

The Air Jordan wings on the side help identify this as shoe royalty. The toe box is a good size so that the wearers toes don’t get crushed as you bend them while walking. The outsole has good traction as well as leaving the prints behind of the first shoe in long ongoing legacy.

Overall, this shoe will catch eyes and will never go out of style. Comfortable to wear will always be a bonus too.

Snoop Dogg – Coolaid Review

This album has some highlights in it, but misses enough steps that it isn’t cohesive all the way through. The length of the project overall means there are a lot of similarities in the tracks.

The production is good most of the way through and helps give it that classic west coast feel. There is plenty of atmosphere in the tracks, but there are a few instances where there are similar sounding songs on the same album. A shorter tracklist could have helped to make this project sound more organic and fluid.

The lyricism is classic Snoop with some good wordplay and flow, but sometimes lacking in substance. While a lot of the tracks are entertaining, there is a lot of cross over between the subject on some of the tracks. A little variation can go a long way.

The features are good as they help to break up the sound of just one voice saying similar things. While they may rap about similar subject matter, it helps to have a different feel from different guests to show Snoop still has connections.

Overall, if you condensed this down from twenty tracks to a more manageable number, this would be great. However at its current length, it can be work to listen to.

YG – Still Brazy Review

This album is a fantastic statement on America’s youth. YG is blunt and descriptive about how young men in America feel and act, especially under present circumstances.

The production is pure West Coast with the bounce and feel of modern LA. There is a lot of energy throughout the album even with the mixture of positive and negative tracks. Maybe a few tracks with a feel further from his comfort zone would make some interesting results, but YG knows what is effective and enjoyable for his audience.

The lyricism is good with vivid imagery without trying to be overly clever. YG does not mince his words and simply tells it like it is with his delivery and vocal tone that makes him stand out. Nothing appears to be wrong with his performance, especially as he changes flow and plays with voice modulation.

The features help give this the story telling angle that YG excels at. It has a family and friends feel that help the project feel cohesive as well as the guests working hard. Each puts in good effort and comes away with more listeners knowing who they are.

Overall, this is a great album for the times young men like YG live in. No one can say how this will translate over time, but this is definately a successful album right now.

The Game -Streets Of Compton Review

This album may not be the most cohesive project out there, but it does reflect the state of Compton at the time of release. Game uses this to try and help aspiring and known artists to reach a wider audience.

The production is good and gives a great atmosphere that helps the messages of each track hit harder. There is some variation in styles, but the main sounds are gritty and street, to fit with the theme. Maybe a larger portion of the lighter side of things could have made a more balanced project, but this was made to highlight the negatives for the listeners, which it does.

The lyricism is great from Game yet again. He uses his gruff tones and clever wordplay to weave his messages into tapestries so you can picture what he is describing. Some more light hearted songs wouldn’t go amiss but Game knows what he is trying to say and puts it across well.

The features all do a good job of showcasing their skills and helping to bolster their name in the Hip Hop community. There are a selection of different styles which help make the project pop more. Only time will tell if they can capitalise and grow as artists.

Overall, this accurately depicts the currant state of Compton and of the artists currently making a name for themselves. Game gives them a good platform while still showing he can write great verses.