The cover art for this release lets you know that this is rap gold and it does not disappoint in any way. This is the most cohesive the duo has ever sounded, and considering their catalogue, that is saying something.
The production is incredible with all the right emotions in the correct measures. The aggression that fuels this runs deep and helps the artists connect with the beats to aid in the performance. There are no problems with the backing selection on this and El-P should be proud of his work.
The lyricism is some of the strongest in the modern age with both members only doing fantastic jobs. There is great wordplay and schemes all over this album and it makes for very entertaining listening. Both artists have great delivery and flow to go with their rhymes, as well as having signature voices to help them stand out. Only rap genius from these two once again.
The features help keep the project on a high because of their own chemistry with both main artists. All give amazing efforts to compete with the others which helps keep energy levels high. Some singers could show another dimension, but might not be in keeping with the groups style.
Overall, this is definitely one of the top releases of the year. It is difficult to keep such a streak of great albums going, but Killer Mike and El-P may even have a few more in them if they can keep this momentum going.
This shoe has a strong outsole, springy midsole and pliable upper make this a comfortable shoe to wear. This is widely accepted as the most comfortable Air Jordan of all time and one worn, it is easy to see why.
The upper is made of softer material than the rest for a more plush feel. The signature leather stripe down the side helps make this more noticeable and stand out among other footwear. The laces are strong but do fray if not cared for. The tongue is also padded for additional comfort.
The outsole is tougher than other shoes and can seem too rigid at first. However over time it loosens up and creates a spring effect that feels helpful when jumping. This combined with the cushioning in the outsole make for a smooth walk.
Overall, this shoe is great for leisure wear and won’t disappoint. The combination of different materials and textures also help to make this a really stand out piece of footwear.
This release starts off strong with all three members having strong verses, but some safe choices later can make a full listen through disappointing. Some of the more mainstream options takes this edge off this gritty album that could have been solid without them.
The production is good with the right atmosphere on every track helping to make this have more of an impact. While some of the beats are perfect for the group, the attempt to seem more radio friendly makes the group seem like they are trying to grow their audience. However by doing this they may have lost some of the core group that liked their old stuff. By sticking to what they know, they may have created a more cohesive project.
The lyricism is fantastic with all three members trying hard to be the best. They also try hard at the performance aspect with their individual delivery making the tracks stand out slightly. On the downside, the hooks are not as hard hitting as the verses and can be repetitive in places. While there are no major works to be done, this is not a totally smooth ride.
The features are the weakest part of this release because they don’t necessarily fit with the style of the group. While none do particularly badly, some do not gel with the chemistry of the group and sound a little out of place. Some singers would have been a better way to show the softer side than radio attempts.
Overall, this is an enjoyable release if you can sit through the few rough patches. Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss should be proud of their individual performances as well as how they work as a team.
This is a relaxed and chilled out project that doesn’t last very long but gets the job done. Yung Lean makes a slow burner that has some replay value, but is not quite seem finished.
The production is not slow paced and yet makes you want to relax. Each song shares elements, but is individual in its own right. Some more positive quick pace might show another side of Yung Lean, but may not fit in with the title of the project.
The lyricism is more slow paced with some inclination towards singing and autotune, but still with some impact. While it is not the most complicated wordplay out there, it fits well with the beats to keep the chill factor on. Something faster could show a more complete talent, but Yung Lean makes some songs here that shows he can make some good tracks.
The features are a good selection to help booster the songs. Each puts in good effort, showing their own skills while pushing Yung Lean to excel further at his craft. On a longer project, more guests could help keep the momentum going, but there is a good number on this release.
Overall, this is a solid release for Yung Lean and helps to put more relaxed music on the map. Yung Lean should be happy with how this has turned out and look to the future to make a more substantial project.
This is a lengthy release from Tech, but each song is entertaining. They might not all work as a full album listen through, but individually, these are good songs.
The production is great with plenty of energy keeping the album buzzing. Each beat makes a great atmosphere for the type of song which helps keep the listener interested. Maybe a few more slow tracks could give more of a balanced feel, but it may not fit with Tech’s particular style.
The lyricism is fantastic with some of the best wordplay this year. Tech bends words to his will as he crafts bar full of multi-syllable schemes as well as every other lyrical device. His flow may be a little fast for everyone, but it makes very entertaining tracks.
The features are good as they help keep tracks fresh considering how long this project is. Each puts in a great effort that shows the chemistry that the Strange Music roster has with each other. There is a good balance of rap and singing, but a few more artists who are singers could give a little more depth.
Overall, this is a good release from Tech N9NE but it is not as cohesive as his previous albums. While he does more than good work on this, a bit more direction could ave stream lined this a bit more.
This release helps to prove that Shorty is his own artist and not simply a cog in a larger machine. With this album, he can assist in solidifying his status as a solo artist.
The production is good with grime taking centre stage. Shorty picks backings that have all the elements of grime music but that don’t quite have the start power that a smash hit would have. This leaves himself as the artist to show his skills and be the centre of attention, as songs should be. Maybe something softer, or incredibly aggressive, would give Shorty more or an all around appeal, but he picks great beats to work with.
The lyricism is solid, with no slip ups, but nothing overly complex. The rhymes all work well with the production, but they don’t have the powerful voice behind to make them stick the landing. Shorty has a good performance on here, and hopefully he continues to build in confidence and in personal growth to get himself better known outside his label.
The features help build this project up. Each puts in a good verse and every one of them has great chemistry with Shorty which helps to keep the songs fresh and interesting. Some singers could add another dimension but may not have fit with the style of the album.
Overall, this is an enjoyable release with some fun songs on it. Shorty has made some entertaining tracks and should continue to put out music in this vein.
This is an enticing release as Hodgy shows his skills after the disbanding of Odd Future. He does well to prove that he is his own artist and does not shy away from the spotlight.
The production is great as it is energetic but also somewhat laidback, which leads to an easy listen. Each beat is individual, yet remains cohesive in a full listen through. This selection works very well for not only Hodgy’s style, but for hip hops general audiance.
The lyricism is solid, with plenty of good wordplay making this an interesting listen. Hodgy dips in and out of the beats but always staying within the flow of the track to help give his delivery an edge over the formulaic of the average rapper. Hodgy would stand out among the crowd if he was close enough to them to be part of it.
The features are excellent and show the connections Hodgy has. With only a few of the tracks having guests on, each one counts, which makes the great performances by them all the more important. With some big names on there, it is fantastic to see Hodgy holding his own against them.
Overall, this release is different from the normal, as well as putting Hodgy on more people’s radar. With this album under his belt, Hodgy should be able to continue with this momentum to greater success.
This release sounds somehow like a cross between country music and rap. Post Malone shows he is a triple threat with his guitar, rapping and singing to make a very versatile project.
The production is great with a good mash up of different styles, with the guitar playing a heavy role. However the guitar helps open up the album, helping to change the atmosphere of the tracks as well as making them sound more personal to the listener, helping to make a connection. Something a little more upbeat may have spawned more of a mainstream hit, but certainly this selection is a great experiment for Hip Hop and it is paying off.
The lyricism is not the best that is out there, but the delivery and added talent of singing help to bring Malone’s performance up a few levels. There is definitely some solid wordplay and punchline sin this to draw the attention of the lyrical hip hop heads but the real gift is in working in his other talents to craft the tracks. There is a chance a more aggressive flow could bring in a few more listeners, but it would be uncertain if that would fit with his style.
The features are good as they help bring fresh opinions in. It is also interesting to see how they fit in with this style of music, with each still putting in a good verse while tweaking their delivery for the backing. Maybe a few singers would make an interesting song or two with Malone singing himself too, but he chose well to only have a few and leave space for him to show his own skills.
Overall, this is an album that could catch people’s attention simply because it is different. The variation from the normal is great and Post Malone will grab some listeners from that alone.
This release is a smooth and thought provoking journey that has a lot of replay value. J Cole is a master at making cohesive albums and this one does not disappoint.
The production is simpler then most other releases out there, with less background noise to help show off the actual artist. Each beat still has good impact with the listener and is one of the reason a full listen through is no work at all.
The lyricism is strong, with J Cole using his flow and clever wordplay to tell the stories and educate in these songs. There is vivid imagery all the way through this project and the delivery is getting the words across to the listener rather than shouted at them, as the trends in rap might suggest.
Overall, with no features to cloud Cole’s performance. This will be another great release from another visionary artist that will reverberate with audiences for a long time.
This release shows that Isaiah Dreads knows how to rap and how to make a range of songs, despite this being only four tracks. He makes some bold claims about how talented he is, but this is a step in the right direction.
The production is good as each song creates the correct atmosphere that Dreads is going for. As this is such a short EP, it is impossible to know how good an ear for production that Dreads has, but he has selected a handful here that he can work with very well. On a longer release it would be interesting to see if he can keep his quality of beat this high.
The lyricism is solid, propped up by his fast pace delivery. His wordplay is not the most complex, but he does have some clever wordplay that is accentuated by the energy in his flow. Maybe trying to add a few more lyrical devices into his bars rather than trying to fill all the available space could bring in a larger audience.
Overall, this is a small taster of what he could release and hopefully will. Isaiah Dreads could be the next big thing in the UK scene, but he needs to put out some more tracks so people can sit up and take notice.