Kool G Rap – Return Of The Don Review

This is a good release with Kool G Rap making a lot of clever decisions to increase replay ability. Shortened songs and great guests help elevate this even higher.

The production is fantastic with MoSS providing good backdrops for each track, and creating a good atmosphere. There are similar elements in each song, but they are still individual. Maybe something a little further from the formula would show the artists in another light, but MoSS has provided songs that allow the vocalists to excel at what they do.

The lyricism is clever with Kool G Rap using his delivery to add more impact to his rhymes. The bars might not be the most complex, however they do carry a lot of weight and land hard with the listener. Some change in flow might help separate out Kool’s performances, but the guests also help to do that so it is not the biggest issue.

The features are great and do a good job of pushing this project forward. Each puts in an amazing verse that helps push Kool G Rap onto further greatness as well as showing that they are at the top of their respective games. With some rap legends keeping their names alive on here, the artists here are a great selection to have on any project.

Overall, this is another release from a veteran that could teach newer artist how to make music with longevity. With plenty of replay value, this is definitely worth a few listens.

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Zothejerk And Frost Gamble – Black Beach Review

This release is another high quality product from a lesser known artist who proves that everyone has a vision. With Zo providing vocals and Gamble doing solid work behind the boards, this is worth a few spins.

The production is great with a good amount of variation, as well as smoother sounds, to allow for a variation in content from the appearing artists. Frost Gamble does well in creating atmosphere and boosting the impact of the lyrics. Maybe something with a little more pop flash could bring in more listeners, but that might not be in the vision of this project.

The lyricism is good, with Zo having some clever rhymes and messages to send to the public. His shout rap delivery sounds generic at first, but as the songs go on, he utilises it well with changes in pace and flow to help keep the songs interesting. There are no major issues here, but it could be difficult to have longevity with this particular style.

The features do a great job of lifting this project up to another level. With some big names included on the selection, each has a fantastic verse and/or chorus that works well with the main duo. Maybe a few singers would add a little more diversity, but this is still a strong bunch of artists to work with.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable album with some poignant messages as well as some more entertaining songs that will appeal to a wide audiance. You may not have heard of these names before, but take a chance on this and you wont regret it.

Snoop Dogg – Neva Left Review

This project is way back classic Snoop. Everything about this is West Coast magic that shows that the title is totally correct and that Snoop is still a force to be reckoned with.

The production is great with plenty of scope for the content. Each beat is individual but with plenty of West Coast flavour to take it back to those old days. With the goal in mind to show that Snoop never left his roots, there are no issues with this release.

The lyricism is even more classic Snoop with his legendary flow lifting this to new heights. His rhymes might not be the most complex, but they have passion and a unique delivery to help increase the entertainment value. There are no issues with the performance from Snoop on this.

The features are amazing and help keep the West Coast flavour alive. Each puts in a good effort and shows their own skills, while having great chemistry with the main artist. The selection make the perfect atmosphere and could not be improved in any major fashion.

Overall, this is an enjoyable and entertaining mix of currant talent and old school feels that makes a great album. Snoop Dogg should be happy and proud of what he has put out here.

Wale – SHINE Review

This is a solid release from Wale and shows a bit more growth from the artist. The softer tones and choice of instrument help give this a more connecting tone than the party anthems that pop music has become.

The production is magnificent and sets the tone for the whole album. Each beat is not overbearing, so you can hear the artists on the tracks, while being melodic and uplifting in the background. Maybe something a little brasher could help give a more complete release, but the selection works well in this case.

The lyricism is strong and the easy delivery makes it easy to listen to. Wale has a masterpiece way of rapping, every word flowing easily together and the wordplay being descriptive and relevant. Something a bit more aggressive may show more sides to Wale, but there are definitely no issues with his performance here.

The features help to add another level of cohesion to this project, while showcasing others abilities. Each guest does a good job of showing how good their writing is and it is a good blend of stars as well as up and comers. The balance of singers to rappers is also pretty good which helps lead to a diverse listen through.

Overall, this is an enjoyable fifty six minutes that shows Wale is keeping his skills sharp. Mayback Music Group is having a strong year so far.

Leaf Dog – Dyslexic Disciple Review

This release is a good showing of UK alternative rap with a lot of solid aspects with a lot of carry over to other genres. Leaf Dog is leading the way to making this alternative a mainstream.

The production is great as it is catchy, bouncy and keeps the energy flowing through the project. Each beat is individual and doesn’t get confused with each other and the use of different influences is clear on each one. None of these fit any mainstream formula which shows that not all artists are in rap to be in the public eye and that their integrity is important to them.

The lyricism is very interesting with great wordplay, but a flow that can sometimes become stale. The actual rhymes are fantastic with a lot of imagery and similes, but the way Leaf Dog seems to go to the same rhythm and without a lot of variation in flow. Pushing himself a little out of his comfort zone could go a long way.

The features are good but don’t provide a lot of diversity in their performance. They do a good job of fleshing out their verses, but sound similar to Leaf Dog, apart from the last song, so it can be difficult to separate them out. Something further from his comfort zone, once again, could add some more edge to the album.

Overall, this is an enjoyable release that is entertaining to listen through. It is not breaking any boundaries, but it is leading alternative rap out into the wider audience a little more.

Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti Review

This release shows that in these modern times, the beats make the product. Playboi Carti doesn’t do a bad job, but it can be repetitive and sounds similar to a lot of artists out at the moment.

The production is interesting with a lot of potential while sounding sonically pleasing. There are a lot of low tone noises to contrast to Carti’s singing and high tones, but not enough to make the tracks great. The backings are good canvas to paint on, but they aren’t strong enough to stand on their own.

The lyricism is not complex or complicated and comes across as basic. Carti seems to depend highly upon his delivery which also seems to rely on autotune. A bit more effort to layer his wordplay would go a long way.

The features break up the monotony, but most are still similar to Cardi’s own style. Each puts in a good effort but not all totally pay off. Something further from his comfort zone would create a lot more songs that would appeal to a wider audience.

Overall, this is a disappointing release that is absurdly average. Playboi Carti should look at his formula and modify it to push himself to do more and do better.

Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro Review

This is a very appealing shoe to wear out as it is iconic and eye catching. The different layers of the shoe wrapped around make for a great canvas for colours and different design elements.

The upper is made from softer material to allow for more comfort and different textures. The chunky midsole is great because there is plenty of cushioning as well as some support for the foot. The accents around the lace loops at the top are a distinct touch for the shoe and help identify it as a piece of basketball history.

The outsole is good because it gets plenty of traction while, like the midsole, has plenty of protection for the foot. The heel clip helps hold the shoe together while supporting a rubber grip that sticks up over the top to grab and assist putting the shoe on, which can be a struggle sometimes.

Overall, this is a great shoe for wearing around as it will catch a lot of eyes. However, it can be ill fitting because the upper is not so flexible to fit with the foot. A successful piece of footwear from the basketball legend.