E-40 & B-Legit – Connected And Respected Review

This release shows a couple of Veteran rappers who show that they are not going anywhere soon. Both E-40 and B-Legit show their signature styles on here and the chemistry between them is obvious and makes greats tracks.

The production is classic bouncy west coast. There is nothing about the backings to this that doesn’t sound immediately from that area and it fits perfectly. Something that doesn’t fit this formula would automatically feel out of place so it makes sense to make the best of what they know.

The lyricism is punchy but does rely on delivery. The wordplay is still good and is very enjoyable, but don’t expect the most complex lyricism from the artists here. The performance factor is important but there is still no disappointment from either E-40 or B-Legit.

The features help to add some fresh voices and show more talent from some lesser known artists. Each shows their own talents while adding more cohesion to the album. Maybe some singing could help add another level, but may not be in keeping with the project.

Overall, this is a fantastic album for those who still strive for more of a taste of the west coast. E-40 and B-Legit both show continued strength in the rap game and should continue to show how strong the veterans of hip hop are.

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Dr Octagon – Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation Review

This release is a nice throwback to the boom bap era with a lot of excellent features. All three members do great jobs to ensure this is an excellent project.

The production is steller with a lot of different backings that are different from the mainstream offerings. The creepy offerings fit with the slightly off, almost uncomfortable, rhythm to make enjoyable but also somewhat chilling tracks. Something a little smoother could make something a bit more universal, but that is not what this album is about.

The lyricism is fantastic with the delivery amplifying the results. Each line is crafted to use creative devices for smart wordplay that fits with the atmosphere of the track. There are no issues with this performance as it is entertaining while remaining unique.

The guests do good work, even if they only appear on one track. The song shows a lot of cohesion between the artists and that they can work well with others as well as among themselves. Some more features could help build the cohesion a little more, but the group does such good work on the song that other voices may not be necessary.

Overall, this is a fantastic album that shows that this talented trio can all make great music after all these years. Kool Kieth, Dan The Automater and DJ Qbert should all be proud of this release and continue to pursue their endeavors for their fan base, whether together or apart.

CZARFACE & MF Doom – Czarface Meets Metal Face Review

This release is another strong showing from both MF Doom and the members of Czarface. Each shows their own skills while keeping the project cohesive.

The production is amazing with the flavour of the previous Czarface albums still very much front and center throughout the whole album. Each track has a good atmosphere that helps lend itself to the way the project plays through. Maybe something further from the comfort zone might help stop this formula becoming stale in the future, but it is still effective now.

The lyricism is great with a lot clever wordplay and versatility through all the different voices. Each lyricist has their own style that keep the songs feeling fresh. There are no issues with how they perform on this project, but maybe switching up the flows might help push the boundaries a little further.

The features all do a great job of fleshing out this project. The chosen guests all have great talents and fit in very well with the Czarface narrative. maybe some more singers could add another dimension, but this all plays out especially smoothly as it is.

Overall, this is a nice addition to the Czarface catalog and a good showing of skill from MF Doom. Hopefully they continue this relationship and keep making this sort of music.