Fabolous – Summertime Shootout 2 Review

This is a great project as it keeps Fabolous in the public eye, showing his skills, as well as being a refreshing step back towards lyricism for Hip Hop. This builds on the work of the first installation to make this a promising staple for rappers everywhere.

The production is great as it is very summer like as the title suggests. The beats are light and airy which allows the listener to float back to summer memories while being entertaining and enjoyable. There are no problems with the beat selection as they fit perfectly with the aim of this project.

The lyricism is excellent with Fabolous not missing a step to add wordplay to every bar. He adds a lot of lyrical genius to these songs and lifts the whole genre back towards smarter rhymes. Maybe some more changes in pace and flow would make for a more balanced performance, but Faboloous does a really incredible job of making this project amazing.

The features help to add points of comparison for Fabolous as well as fleshing out the tracks. Each puts in a good effort and, with some big names, show that Fabolous is one of the big players in the rap game. The guests do a great job of adding more summer feelings to this mixtape.

Overall, this project is fantastic and should be celebrated by listeners everywhere. Fabolous should continue to put out this music so maybe Hip Hop doesn’t forget to have clever lines.

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Travis Scott – Birds In The Trap Sing McNight Review

This album is hypnotic while listening to it but cracks start to appear the longer it goes on. Patterns emerge showing that the songs share a lot of elements and that it is all beats and hooks. It isn’t a great Hip Hop project, but it can be entertaining.

The production is fantastic and contains everything modern rap music is becoming. it has high energy and sounds that draw in the listener while being relatively easy to listen to. Maybe a few more changes to pace could stop the backings sounding so very similar while trying to add some different noises may also help.

The lyricism is confusing because it is very hard to tell the verses apart from the hooks, which dominate the songs. While Travis Scott can write an incredible chorus, it would be great to hear what he could do on more of a verse but they are almost non-existent in the listener’s ears. Changing this is what would be the biggest improvement for this project.

Overall, the one feature on this was a good choice to show Travis Scott’s own skill but he needed to put more of it on show to the audience for this to really excel.

G-Unit – The Lost Flash Drive Review

This is a great representation of how not every track needs every member of the group. With 50 Cent missing for every track but one that doesn’t have the other members on it, the rest of the group do great to show they can step out form behind that shadow.

The production is good with plenty of variation in pace and boldness. There are plenty of beats that provide a great atmosphere without becoming the centre of attention, leaving lots of scope for the artists. Maybe some backings aimed further from underground street music would open up more avenues for the members, but the production selection here is all effective.

The lyricism is good from everyone and shows how cohesive the members can be. Each puts in good verses and energy that really improves this project with its level of entertainment. Some less street themed songs and some more mainstream music may help to raise the profile of the members, but they all do a great job.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen to remind people that G-Unit is more than just 50’s backup. Each shows they have the skills to be great artists and can work well without the head honcho.