DJ Khaled – Grateful Review

This release is full of big names and big tracks that make this a very entertaining listen. With DJ Khaled acting more like a  on this album, only the best tracks make the cut, and this album proves it.

The production is varied but always interesting. Every beat is energetic and works very well with the artists chosen to work on it. There may be something for everyone, but most will appeal to any listener as they are all polished and work as a full listen through as well as individual songs.

The Features on here make this project such a success. All show great skill and have great chemistry with the other artists on the songs as well as DJ Khaled. It is possible that some guests further from his comfort zone may have made some more interesting moments, but DJ Khaled has chosen most of the biggest names in Hip Hop to be a part of this release, and they don’t disappoint.

Overall, this is great for those who want to stick on an album and not use the skip button at all, leaving it to play through. DJ Khaled continues to have enormous success with his albums, but it should be noted that it is mostly down to other artists work. Not to take from Khaled’s ability to bring artists together, but most of the entertainment value is down to the features and not him shouting out during the project.

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Quavo – ATL Review

This release shows that Quavo can make enjoyable music without the other members of Migos. This collection of songs is full of energy but lacks a lot of depth in many of the offerings.

The production is trap based with lots of highs and plenty of atmosphere. Each beat has similar elements but uses enough different tones and sounds to make them individual. Maybe something further from his comfort zone would show a little growth in Quavo’s music.

The lyricism is good with some excellent descriptions and an interesting delivery to help keep things interesting. Quavo does use some wordplay and other devices to keep his rhymes impacting on the listener, but it can become repetitive, which is why keeping the project short was a fantastic choice. Maybe trying to embellish his words a little more could help push him further into stardom.

The features are excellent, helping to lift this project out of repetitiveness. Each has an excellent verse or chorus, showing their own skills as well as working well with the other artists. Some more singers would help add another dimension, but Quavo does enough singing on his own, even if it it with autotune.

Overall, this is worth a spin, but if the music of Migos is not for you, then this release from one member is most likely not either. Quavo will definitely appeal to his core audience however and possibly gain a few more listeners.

Bone Thugs (Bizzy Bone & Krayzie Bone) – New Waves Review

This release is amazing and is a great way to show how artists have been around for a while can transition into a more modern sound. This duo have done a fantastic job of taking their experiences and applying it to the recent sounds of Hip Hop.

The production is great with a lot of diverse beats to work with to show that the artists can work with a range of different styles. Each one is strong and has its own presence while not taking over the track entirely. There are no issues with this selection as it achieves the objective superbly.

The lyricism is good and the delivery really helps give it another dimension. Both Bizzy Bone and Krayzie Bone have great verses and the singing adds depth to the project as well. There are no issues except maybe to try and put a little more impact into their bars.

The features are fantastic and help add additional perspectives to this album. All of them do a great job of showing their own skills while also building on the point of the song they are on. With the diversity from the main artists, the guests are just as versatile and really help flesh out the project.

Overall, this is definitely an interesting listen to see how the artists are moving forward with the times and are not stuck in a rut, making formulaic music. Let us hope that all the members of the group can come together for more than one song and create a whole album along these lines.

2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Review

This release shows that 2 Chainz knows his core audience, but doesn’t grow to increase his listeners and therefore earn more money, as one of the songs on here is all about. Something to think about at least.

The production is good with a lot of interesting and entertaining sounds that create a lot of energy and keep it flowing through the whole project. A lot of the beats however are very much within the wheel house of the main artist. Trying to expand his repertoire further out of his comfort zone would make a more balanced release.

The lyricism is good, but is more of the same from 2 Chainz. He has respectable wordplay and his delivery is still entertaining, but his hooks are repetitive and the content is more of the same. Something fresh could give a lot of boost to this release, but it would have to be a big boost.

The features do great at breaking up the monotony that can set in by adding fresh voices and styles to the mix. Each does a good job of showing what they are capable of, but also at bringing fresh energy streams in ot stimulate this project and stop it dropping rankings any further. Some more singers would help bring more diversity too.

Overall, this will appeal to Chainz’s core audience, but does not have a lot to give other rap listeners. The title does not reflect the content and a lot of it will already have been heard before.

Joyner Lucas – 508-507-2209 Review

This is a collection of intelligent and clever songs from an extremely talented lyricist, that unfortunately runs a little long. Joyner Lucas shows what he is capable of in spectacular fashion, but 83 minutes is a long time to be listening to it.

The production is excellent, with plenty of different atmospheres and a few different influences for a lot of different feels through out the project. Each song has a definite creative wave that makes you hear the song through a certain filter that makes the words impact more. Some consolidation of the beats would be good so that there is not any overlap of similar offerings.

The lyricism is truly awesome, with Joyner utilising a lot of different techniques as well as varying pace and flow to demonstrate why he is one of the best lyricists out in the rap game right now. He shows the complete package with good hooks, verses and outstanding wordplay. Absolutely no objections to how Joyner Lucas performs on this album.

The features are good and help add a little more depth to this emotional rollercoaster. The choice to only have a few guests, who all do great work with the main artist, is smart as Joyner is so versatile, he uses the rest of the time to show how talented he is. It will be interesting to see who wants to work with him and vice verse in the future.

Overall, this is an amazing release that should wake up the music world to the star that is Joyner Lucas. He should be proud of this release and keep this momentum going.

Big Boi – BOOMIVERSE Review

This is a great release from Big Boi as it is smooth and does encompass every listener with one play through. Something for everyone and high levels of cohesion have built this up into a top quality product.

The production is fantastic as each beat is strong and can stand on its own, while leaving room for the artists to work and not encroach on their space. You also get the feeling of outer space and the expanse as each song plays and really helps link back to the title. Maybe something with a little grit could appeal more to the more aggressive listener, but the selection here is outstanding.

The lyricism is excellent with Big Boi utilising his clever rhymes with a fast flow to create interesting and enjoyable performances on each song. It could be argued that the actual raps aren’t overly complex and could be more intricate, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t effective and impactful. Something slower may show a more complete balance of skills, but Big Boi only does good work on this project.

The features all help to lift this to new heights as they each put in great performances. Everyone does some of their best work on this album and none feel out of place. Maybe something a little further from the comfort zone of Hip Hop would make more interesting moments, but the guests on this help keep things feeling fresh.

Overall, BOOMIVERSE is a success and is definitely worth a spin. Big Boi should continue to explore his musical skills like this and expand his repertoire of artists he has worked with, as he has done here.

Vic Mensa – The Manuscript EP Review

This release is great as preparation for an upcoming album as well as showing some great song making skills. Vic Mensa shows a great flexibility in the songs he can make and with this taster, the album has a lot of promise.

The production is great and helps fill the space that Mensa can not. Each beat is clear and definitely couldn’t be confused together. On this EP, the beat selection is great, but it can be hoped that Mensa doesn’t stay so diverse and he can keep it cohesive.

The lyricism is great with Vic Mensa showing a lot of skill with his rhymes. His delivery is punchy and his wordplay is renewed, as he may have sounded a little too content on his previous release. If he can carry this momentum into his next album, it is sure to achieve success.

The features are good and show a good understanding of who will help improve a song. Both do a great job of fleshing out the tracks while not taking from Vic Mensa’s performance. If he continues to pick guests like this, his next project will work incredibly well as a listen through.

Overall, this is a nice palette cleanser of other rap music to ready the listener for the next release from Vic Mensa. With creative ability like this, it should be a commercial success and a piece of absolute artwork.