AD – Regional Departure Review

This release shows a willingness for AD to expand beyond his local territory. This is a great project that proves that AD is a talent to stay.

The production is smooth and expansive. Each beat leaves a lot of room for the artists on it to flex their skills and lets the flavour of the artists add to the backings. Maybe a few more songs with a few different influences could show a little more growth, but AD has a strong selection here.

The lyricism is not overly complicated but has a lot of impact with the delivery. AD does well to pick strong production that accentuates his performance. He has good wordplay, but a little more complexity would not go amiss.

The features all help to keep this project rolling smoothly on. They all show talent in their ability and keep this release being cohesive. A few more singers might give this another edge to praise, but the guests on this are a solid group.

Overall, AD should be very happy with this as it is another stepping stone to greater success. This should make more listeners take notice of the west coast rhymer and appreciate his skills.

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Stefflon Don – SECURE Review

This release is fantastic for every aspect of hip hop. Stefflon brings a lot of flavours to the table and shows how different sounds can blend seamlessly together.

The production is amazing, with Stefflon’s Jamaican upbringing being clearly evident throughout. With the exotic sounds coming through, keeping the energy levels up, the beats have a wide range of atmospheres that help open up the content and make the project have a very wide level of diversity. There are no problems with the beat selection here, it is actually one of the strongest points.

The lyricism is good as Stefflon Don uses her signature tone and delivery to enhance her wordplay. There are plenty of lyrical devices used, but the biggest point is the venom she spits her aggression and the softness she sings. This combination makes her performance incredible to listen to.

The features are great and show how Stefflon is making waves in the rap community. Not only does she have lesser known artists that compliment her unique style, but she has some huge names to show that other artists have faith in her skills and believe she will be the star that this project shows she could be. It will be interesting to see who she collaborates with as she moves forward in her career.

Overall, this is a refreshing album for hip hop and audiences alike. Stefflon Don has cultivated a great many talents that have culminated in this release and she should be proud of the result.

Travis Scott – Astroworld Review

This release is a masterpiece for Travis Scott and the rap community. Every song is masterfully put together and the energy throughout makers it a very easy listen.

The production is amazing, separating itself from almost all other music with how crisp and intoxicating the beats actually are. Each song has the perfect atmosphere and compliments the artists on it. There are no issues with how the background music plays on this album, none at all.

The lyricism is not exactly the most complicated and intricate out there, but the delivery and performance elements bring them home. The way the beats and the lyrics meld together so seamlessly really strengthens the tracks as neither are blocking the other out and making both elements very enjoyable. The wordplay is not bad, but could do with maybe a small boost to reach every corner of the hip hop world.

The features, while not credited on the streaming side, all contribute strongly to this project and add just what is needed on each song. While some may not seem like the biggest contribution, all make this the cohesive listen that has made such a smash hit. There is a chance that a few more singers could add another edge, but may ruin the vision Scott had for this.

Overall, there is no doubt that this will go down as a lot of people’s favorite album. Travis Scott has used his considerable talents to craft a truly remarkable project that every listener can enjoy, at least for a certain extent.

Termanology – Bad Decisions Review

This release shows that Termanology has grown as a man as well as a lyricist. His story telling ability on here creates a good listen through for a cautionary tale.

The production is very interesting, with a lot of unusual sounds creating a haunting and somewhat offbeat backing to Termanology’s tracks. They give off an almost off putting vibe that helps generate a good atmosphere for the content. Something a little lighter might liven things up, but that would ruin the point of an album called Bad Decisions.

The lyricism is strong throughout the whole album. Termanology flexes his verbal muscles to fill his songs with details and wordplay, helping his story feel more real to the listener. He has a solid delivery as well, but it might be exciting to see him play around with it a little more than he has in the past.

The features all do great work at building on Termanology’s messages. All the guests show what they are capable of, while simultaneously reinforcing what he is saying. With no weak picks, the only way to improve the features would be some more singers, but that might not have given the correct feel for this album as a whole.

Overall, this album is a must for Termanology fans, but it may not attract many new fans due to the content and how far it seems from most pop music. Termanology should still be pleased with this work as most hip hop heads should be able to appreciate his work on here.

YG – STAY DANGEROUS Review

This has a lot of similar elements to YG’s previous and critically acclaimed album, but that turns out to be its downfall. A lot of the tracks feel like rehashing of previous songs and while this may create a few gems, it takes the sheen off the album as a whole.

The production is good, but lacks the luster that made previous beat selections so incredible. Each backing is still good and does make a great atmosphere for the song. Moving forward, hopefully YG can choose beats that stray a little further out of his comfort zone to possibly drive him to push himself a little more.

The lyricism is not the cleverest or most versatile, but it is still entertaining. YG has a signature tone and flow that enhances the impact of his wordplay and helps to keep the song enjoyable. A few more attempts at sharper schemes and wordplay might open this up to a wider audience and while YG sticks to his formula, this is still not a bad performance from him.

The features all do well to show their own skills and add to the songs they are on. All put in good verses and help stop things from becoming stale, especially with YG staying well within what he already knows. A few more singers wouldn’t go amiss, but the guests on here are still a welcome addition.

Overall, this is not quite the album people were hoping for from YG, but it is not all bad. There are still flashes of an incredibly talented rapper in here that can hopefully come back to the forefront for whatever YG pursues next.

Demrick – Came A Long Way Review

This release shows some personal growth from Demrick, as an artist and a person. There are comparative points of high life living, but it is mostly an exploration of a deeper self.

The production has a timeless feel, with a feeling of opening up the listener so they are ready to receive the emotional content. None of the beats override the lyrics which helps the artist stay the focus point of the music, but would feel empty without the rappers input. Maybe something with a little more strength and body could make a tougher feeling album, although that is not the point of this release so the selection still works well.

The lyricism is strong as Demrick builds upon his foundation of clever wordplay. He makes more use of his singing tones, as well as a few more special effects, to great affect on these tracks which helps to give them more dimension. Maybe a little more variation of flow could create a few more interesting moments, but there is no doubt that Demrick has a strong performance on this album.

The features are good and help add ot the stories told on the songs they are on. However the project is not particularly long and they do take valuable time from the main artist. While the balance between rapping and singing is very delicate, this project does strike that balance very well which helps keep the project flowing.

Overall, this is a good release for Demrick to keep his career moving. While people who have been following him might see how he has moved forward, this album does not possess the wow power to bring in a lot of new listeners, but there are still high hopes for the future as This is still quality music.

Denzel Curry -TA13OO Review

This is a great release by a rapper who should be making even more waves than he already is. Denzel Curry displays a lot of talent on this project and hopefully a lot of people sit up and take notice.

The production is haunting but energetic which, as odd a combination as that seems, works out very well. These beats leave plenty of space for Curry to manouvre and exercise his talents. Maybe something a little further form the formula would be good, but this is definitely a strong selection.

The lyricism is fantastic. Denzel Curry does a lot of smart wordplay, bolstered by his delivery that makes every track on here entertaining. There are no issues with Curry’s performance but it would be interesting to see how he would handle a more radio friendly record.

The features all do a great job of adding fresh voices onto this album. All really show how talented they are, as well as helping keep this project cohesive. Maybe some higher profile guests could make a few more interesting moments, but the people on here are a smart choice for this album.

Overall, this is a fantastic release for Denzel Curry. He makes a lot of good choices on it and the way the album was rolled out over a few days helped people appreciate the tracks more as a result.