Vince Staples – Prima Donna Review

This project has some great tracks on it, with some very confusing interludes tagged onto the ends that don’t seem to tie in anywhere. Vince Staples does a great job rapping, but doesn’t quite pull the project together.

The production is interesting with no beats that are overpowering, and with a lot of scope for content. Each backing has an atmosphere that mirrors the message while striking the delicate balance of noticeable but not centre stage. Maybe some more club beats would show Vince in a different environment but he works well on these songs.

The lyricism is clever and is the best part of this project. Vince Staples uses great wordplay and story telling ability to make songs that strike the listener and get caught in thier head for a while after. Maybe an attempt or two for a few more flow changes could add a touch more diversity to this project, however Staples still does an amazing job on these tracks.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project with good songs, which the features help to make great, but is marred by the strange interludes. Vince Staples should learn from the reception of this and carry that knowledge into his future work.

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De la Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody… Review

This is a fantastic album with plenty of replay value and that will appeal to all listeners of Hip Hop. The group have used the kickstarter campaign to make a piece of art that will last for years to come.

The production is excellent with a lot of influences from other genres, predominantly jazz. While many rappers these days might struggle with these backings, each member sounds at ease over them which helps contribute to the cohesiveness of the project. There are no issues with the selection here as De la Soul once again push the envelope looking to expand others attempts to pick great beats.

The lyricism is complex and clever, while sounding laidback. Each member sounds like it is the easiest thing in the world to be such clever rhymers while being comical, telling a story or sending a serious message. Again, there are no serious issues with how thier vocals come across on this album.

The features all do good work, even if it is only a skit or interlude. The guests on the songs help to bulk it out with new voices and opinions while not detracting from the somewhat experimental sound De la Soul put across. They have a good balance of rapping to singers as well as people from different eras to help make this album great.

Overall, this is truly a fantastic album that will have listeners begging for more. Since that is how this album came around, after crowd funding this project, maybe more can be made the same way in the future.

Curren$y – Revolver Review

This project is good laid back music with a twist of menace to liven it up. Curren$y makes the music he knows he does well and then steps in a direction slightly different to make this.

The production from Sledgren is excellent as it allows the artist to do a good job while still holding its own. It doesn’t fade into the background while not being overpowering so Curren$y is clear on every song. Sledgren should use this as a milestone to mark his success as he should get a lot more work after this.

The lyricism is good with Curren$y continuing to display talent in rhyme creation while telling a story and painting a picture for the listener. Each song has a message that he has made clear with his wordplay. There are no big problems here, but maybe sounding laid back doesn’t work with every message.

Overall, this is a great project for a short kickback and has a fair amount of replay value. Curren$y should continue to stretch himself and continue to step out of his comfort zone.

Master P – The G Mixtape Review

This project shows that Master P still knows how to put together a great project, even if limited on content. The guests really do well to help bolster this as Master P is starting to sound a little dated.

The production is great with plenty of energy and excitement throughout. Each backing fits the message of the song well and is engaging in its own right. Maybe some song with a little less happening in the background could allow more manoeuvrability for the artists on it, but it all still works well on this mixtape.

The lyricism good but can become stale as the content can come across as limited. Master P does have a few tricks up his sleeves but his brand of shout rap can be repetitive and mostly rapping about money he has made can make some songs somewhat dull. Some more branching out of content would go a long way.

The features all do a really good job of shoring up the tracks they are on with good efforts. While some guests are there to show they are still great and others to make a name for themselves, they all do a good job of helping make this project great. Some more singers could bring a new flavour to this project, but the selection here is comprised only of talented rappers.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape but the length of it can make a full listen through hard, as well as the topics being repetitive. Master P will always be a legend in the game, so lets hope his upcoming projects are a bit more balanced.

Prospectt – Are We Finished Or Are We Done Review

While not the best known artist, Prospectt has put together some respectable efforts over the last few years and each sounds more polished than the one before. This new project is no exception.

The production is smooth and works well with the content provided. Each makes a great atmosphere as well as not jarring at all during a listen through. The selection here, for the purposes of the songs, is excellent but it would be good to see what Prospectt selects for other topics.

The lyricism is good and helps with the emotional aspect of the project. While it is not the most complex wordplay, Prospectt makes rhymes that excel in story telling while still being intelligent. He may want to look a bit more at if he is on beat or off beat as he switches between the two a lot, but everything else is excellent.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable five track release that should help raise Prospectt’s profile in the Hip Hop community. If he continues like this, he should have a very successful career.

Tory Lanez – I Told You Review

This project is great because it has songs that appeal to a lot of people, but with skits that tie the songs together into a story. Tory Lanez has done well to make songs that can be listened to together as well as individually.

The production is good with a lot of variation in instruments and sounds used. Each song is individual and cant be confused with others on the project. There are no problems with the selection but maybe more traditional instruments would make some more interesting moments.

the lyricism is sporadic but good in general. There are moments of fantastic lyricism and moments where it is average, but when the level of wordplay dips, is when it tends to be more emotionally packed. The only issue is the possible over use of auto tune which runs rampant through the album.

The choice to have no features is good because there are other voices in the skits and it helps to explore his personal narrative. It also gives plenty of space for Lanez to show what he is capable of. Maybe on his next project, he can show how he works with others.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable project with a whole range of tracks. Tory Lanez shows he is definately a Hip Hop power for the modern day.

Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2 Review

This is more of the same from both members of Rae Sremmurd and is unremarkable, but extremely catchy and hypnotic music. While entertaining, there is little to no showings of personnal growth from the duo, which is a bit of a let down.

The production is good and enjoyable, but can become repetitive. Each song doesn’t run together but contain a lot of the same elements that makes them seem less special. Maybe trying something further from their comfort zone could make a more balanced project.

The lyricism is alright but is very middle of the pack. They don’t push themselves to be better than others with their rhymes, but they know they don’t need to with the kind of music they make. While that is true, it would still be a better album if they tried to draw in more purist listeners.

The features help to make some of the tracks more interesting by bringing their own flavour to the songs they are on. Each puts in a good effort and helps make the project more cohesive. Some guests further from the comfort zone of the main artists would help show growth and experimentation, but the features on here work well with Rae Sremmurd.

Overall, this project is full of energy and will no doubt spawn some popular singles, but is not a great project for Hip Hop. It lacks technical skills and could do with an injection of wordplay with less repetition.