Prof – Pookie Baby Review

This is a nice addition to Prof’s catalog and shows a fair amount of versatility on his part. While Prof does well when rapping he has a lot more memorable hooks to help give an extra edge to his performance.

The production is great and actually really helps to pull the project together. It is energetic and captures the essence of the tracks perfectly. Maybe something slower could give a slightly more rounded listen, but might ruin the cohesiveness of the tracks.

The lyricism is great, with Prof doing a lot of verbal acrobatics and trying his hand at singing too. While his wordplay is good, his delivery helps to elevate it to another level. With his diversity with these performances, there is no problem with Prof on this project.

The features really help to build the tracks they are on. The tracks in question tend to be the more emotional where extra voices are needed to show other sides of the story. Some other rappers could show how Prof works in a more competitive environment, but this selection works well for the songs they are on.

Overall, this release shows that Prof can and is still putting out quality music. Hopefully this release will help put him in more peoples headphones.

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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.

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.

Tech N9ne – Planet Review

This release shows that while Rap may be a younger mans game, some titans work ethic will prevail. Tech N9ne has put the work in for a lot of years and with his twentieth release, returns to some of the best rhyming of his life.

The production is great with a lot of energy and perfect atmosphere where needed. Each song has a beat that responds well to the overall message being sent by the artists and helps build a cohesive listen. This selection of backings lends itself to a variety of content that stops the release becoming stale.

The lyricism is, unsurprisingly, sharp as ever. Tech N9ne doesn’t miss a trick and fills this project with clever lines and punches that show he has worked hard on his craft which has made him the number one independent rapper in the world. It is great to see him living up to that title.

The features all do a great job of helping to flesh this out and make it stand tall. Every one of them shows their particular skill sets and does the job that helps build the track they are on as well as keeping a high level of chemistry. A few more singers could have brought that dimension more to the foreground but there is still a good balance of guests overall.

In conclusion, this is a great album. Sure there are a few missteps, but no artist is perfect and Tech N9ne is as close as any other rapper when it comes to technical ability as well as core followings.

Murs – A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable Review

This release is an excellent example of how to turn around a horrid point in life. After what Murs has been through, it shows incredible strength to not only stay a functioning person but to also be able to use it in their music? not many can utilise pain in this way, especially in such a cohesive and poignant album.

The production, handled exclusively by Michael “Sevens” Summers, fits perfectly with what Murs is saying on each song. The chemistry between this producer and rapper is crystal clear every second of this project and keeps it flowing nicely. With the wide variation of vibes here, there is not a lot that could be worked on.

The lyricism is amazing, with Murs showing his wordplay and also great story telling skills. Every line is crafted to work perfectly with the beat as well as the overall messages on the songs. Maybe a little more flow experimentation could make a little more excitement but there is no doubt that these are some fantastic performances from a true wordsmith.

The features all help to keep this fresh with additional voices to break up any monotony. All have top skills of their own and keep the quality high with their contributions. There is a slim chance that some more singers could give another softer edge, but Murs handles that on his own with the content.

Overall, this is a really amazing album that explores a lot of different feelings and shows that it is possible to keep living after a tragic event. Hopefully Murs continues to work on his music and personal issues so hip hop can continue to recieve these gifts of his.

PRhyme – PRhyme 2 Review

This is another strong release full of smart lyrics, enjoyable beats and poignant messages. While there is still a sense of fun, there are some important points made and both artists here do a great job showing their skills while getting them across.

The production is amazing and is entertaining to everyone. There are some good samples that are then flipped and turned into incredible backings that help keep the listener interested. DJ Premier continues to deliver his signature sound in ways that keeps the audience enjoying every second.

The lyricism is, of course, steller. Royce shows he is still a strong lyricist with examples of wordplay that keep Royce in contention for one of the best lyricists. He could have played around with his flow a little more, but he is well known for this style and exploits his creativity through it with ease.

The features do a great job of adding fresh voices to the tracks and enhancing the message given by them. Each brings a lot to the table and shows great chemistry with the rapper and producer. It would be nice to see Royce’s Slaughterhouse cohorts appear here but it is always nice to see that a member of a group doesn’t need to be propped up with them to make a great album.

Overall, this is a top release to show people that both artists are still forces to be reckoned with. Both should push forward with solo projects to continue to show those who have not heard of them why they should have.