This project shows that veterans can make collaborative projects with more chemistry than a lot of new age rappers. The two featured artists here show not only their own skills, but how their friendship has stood the test of time,
The production on this is great with a few different atmospheres and a song for everyone. With the collection of different content here and variations in pace, the cohesion stays high and makes listening easy. The inclusion of a few acapella offerings shows a more diverse talent too.
The lyricism is clever with the two artists having such different styles that blend together well. Both have some clever lyricism and show how diversified their delivery can be. Krayzie Bone adds an extra edge with his singing ability while Young Noble has the additional dimension from his level of aggression.
Overall, with the only feature giving a speech rather than contributing to a song, this is a great release of throwback music. Both the artists should carry this momentum and continue to show newer rappers how to keep it authentic.
The cover art for this release lets you know that this is rap gold and it does not disappoint in any way. This is the most cohesive the duo has ever sounded, and considering their catalogue, that is saying something.
The production is incredible with all the right emotions in the correct measures. The aggression that fuels this runs deep and helps the artists connect with the beats to aid in the performance. There are no problems with the backing selection on this and El-P should be proud of his work.
The lyricism is some of the strongest in the modern age with both members only doing fantastic jobs. There is great wordplay and schemes all over this album and it makes for very entertaining listening. Both artists have great delivery and flow to go with their rhymes, as well as having signature voices to help them stand out. Only rap genius from these two once again.
The features help keep the project on a high because of their own chemistry with both main artists. All give amazing efforts to compete with the others which helps keep energy levels high. Some singers could show another dimension, but might not be in keeping with the groups style.
Overall, this is definitely one of the top releases of the year. It is difficult to keep such a streak of great albums going, but Killer Mike and El-P may even have a few more in them if they can keep this momentum going.
This project shows that Lloyd Banks can still write absolute bars and that people should respect his name. This themed project doesn’t do the man justice, but is still a great listen.
The production is different, while the more horror-core influence to fit with the Halloween name. The use of darker sounds makes a great atmosphere but sounds like there could be something missing as it doesn’t have the high impact that makes it resonate with the listener. Maybe with a different or no theme, Banks could make some tracks to land harder with the listener.
The lyricism is gold with Banks showing why some call him the Punch Line King. His rhymes are all complex and full of top level wordplay that leaves the audience wanting more. His delivery can come across as monotone and his hooks need a little spicing up, but he is definitely one of the best writers out there right now.
Overall this is a great themed listen for Halloween, but much like Halloween it wont be around very long. However with no features it should show any rap fan that Lloyd Banks should be remembered for how well he writes rather than as simply a member of G-unit.
This is another example of Jeezy showing how to make trap music with more of a refined polished sound that will land with a wider audiance. While there is a lot of trap influenced music right now, Jeezy shows how he helped ot kick off the movement.
The production is good as it is energetic and gritty when it needs to be while becoming softer for the more emotional stuff. While there is a lot going on in each beat, it never eclipses the artists which is a major issue in rap these days. It could be argued that a few different influences would help make a more balanced project, but this is supposed to be a total trap release, so this is not a reasonable criticism.
The lyricism is not overly complicated but still hits hard with the listener. Jeezy has a powerful delivery that accentuates his rhymes so that they are still entertaining without a huge amount of intricacy. Some more complex attempts with the raps could have improved this project, but Jeezy knows what his fans want and he fills that criteria perfectly.
The features do great jobs and help build on the work Jeezy does on the tracks. Each has great chemistry with Jeezy which helps make the tracks flow easier. A few more singers could help give another dimension to the project but would not necessarily fit with the style of beat and music.
Overall, this is a good trap offering but may not be a mainstream success. However, Jeezy has crafted a project that his fans can still enjoy and shows he is still a force to be reckoned with.
This mixtape is great for a slower, personnal listen which is where K Camp excels. He creates some great tracks here that all follow a base formula.
The production is refined and fairly simple and yet is very effective when K Camp is both rapping and crooning over them. The beats don’t use many sounds or effects but leaves plenty of scope for K Camp to explore his song making abilities. Some more energized tracks could show a more complete project creating ability, but K Camp knows where he does his best work and stays right in that comfort zone.
The lyricism is not overly complex but K Camp relies on his ability to rap and sing to Mae these tracks work. His delivery is paramount and his versatility is what makes him valuable on any song. Maybe some more complicated rhymes could show he can do more than sing hooks over simple raps but that is not to say he is not effective.
The features all help to flesh out the tracks with enjoyable verses. They all do a good job while giving a point of comparison to K Camp and showing how good each artist actually is. Some more variation in guests could show a wider reach of influence for K Camp but the selection here is good for only nine tracks.
Overall, this mixtape is a small showing of what K Camp is capable of. His future project as should take this work and expand on it to help make K Camp a more balanced artist.
This album is a deeper cut than the last installment of this series, leading to a closer connection to the rapper. Skeme shows that he can express his feelings as well as his desires on a song and with a fresh tone in his voice.
The production is varied with more sombre offerings than you would normally find. The beats tend to be more mellow and less aggresive which helps to show a newer side of Skeme with his content. Maybe a few more pumped up beats could have balanced the project out a bit more, but the new side of Skeme does a great job of filling any space that the listener finds.
The lyricism is good with the different techniques accentuating the story telling aspect of the songs. Skeme is not quite as complex as he has been on previous efforts but with the content being so centred on his own personal adventures it is best he focused on how those affected him and getting that point across. He has chosen his words well that there are no real problems with the rhyme side of things.
The features do a great job of having a point of comparison to Skemes own writing. Each has a good effort and thier verses do a fantastic job of making each song very cohesive as well as pushing Skeme to new areas of rap. maybe some singing guests could have shown another dimension of Skeme, but he has chosen those who would work well on this album.
Overall, this album is great if you like Skeme and wanted to delve deeper into his psyche. If this is your intro to Skeme, then this is an introduction that will stick with you for the personal connection.
This is another grime project with the same treaded paths as everyone else. Blacks may need to step further from the blueprint to stand out from the crowd.
The production has a lot going on behind Blacks rhymes which can be overwhelming to the performance. Blacks has chosen beats that mean his shouting and aggressive delivery is necessery to be heard. He may want to show a softer side if he wwants universal recognition.
The lyricism is somewhat repetitive and is simple. There are no overly complicated schemes or techniques and is mostly delivery based. He will want to beef up his bars if he wants ot become a real force in grime.
The features do bring some colour to this project but are in the same vein as Blacks, meaning it does not contrast well. Each has the passion behind it but is just doing more of what Blacks does without even putting thier own spin on it.
Overall, this is enjoyable if you want energetic music to pump to, but if you want substance then this is not for you. Blacks has a way to go before he is in the elite.