Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro Review

This is a very comfortable shoe with plenty of padding and support. This is a very high shoe, so there may be some squeaking as you walk in them. However when outside the other noises from the surrounding area will drown it out.

The upper is supple and doesn’t rub on your foot as you walk. There will be the usual creases across the toe box but it is near impossible to wear these and not get them. The tongue is also padded which helps to increase the level of comfort.

The mid sole has a visible airbag in the back as well as some cushioning all the way along. The iconic detailing on the outside definitely helps make this a head turning piece of footwear. The outsole has good traction as well as another great footprint for when you can leave one.

Overall, this is another iconic shoe from an iconic mans career. While the history alone behind this makes it valuable, it is also simply a great shoe to walk around in.


Royce Da 5’9 – Layers Review

This album shows a lot of different ways to look at Royce Da 5’9 as an artist as well as a man. His clear ability as a lyricist as well as his story telling makes a great listen.

The production is fantastic as it is more background than trying to overpower the vocals. There are many different flavours throughout the tracks which helps give the right atmosphere for the message Royce is giving out. Maybe some more aggression would make a more balanced album but there is a great level of continuity as the album progresses.

The lyricism is incredible. Royce uses his unique flow and incredible ability to weave complex lyrical techniques into his stories to really make them stand out with detail. There is not a lot that can be improved on here as Royce has proved himself a veteran word smith with great verses for many years now.

The features are good and help show that others relate to his stories. Each puts in good effort to make their verses as good as Royce and to add to the listening experience. There is a fair balance of guests who sing and rap, but it is possible that some more interesting combinations with people further from the rap genre.

Overall, this is a great selection of songs to listen to. The skits can become tiresome after a few listens but these can mostly be lifted out as they are individual tracks. Royce might not have crafted a perfect classic, but it is definitely headed in that direction.

PRhyme – PRhyme Deluxe Edition Review

This version of the album is great with all the greatness of the first outing with the addition of extra tracks that take nothing away from the original ones. The great chemistry between the duo continues on all four extra songs.

The production is all as great as it was before with the additional tracks only boosting the cohesiveness of the project overall.  The extra songs all still have thier amazing drive and cuts, while the new ones do a really good job of showing that they have even more greatness in the vault. There are no problems with the beat selection on this.

The lyricism is still fantastic with Royce showing his level of consistency on the new tracks. He does not dip for a second and his unique flow help give him the edge over a lot of formulaic rappers out there right now. There are still no problems with what Royce is showing on these tracks.

The features all do a great job fleshing out this album and the extra tracks have the same thing. Each of the guests does a great job of pushing the track onward to further greatness and the comparison to Royce works wonders to boost ability. Some singers could have shown more sides of the duo, but thier selection of people to work with is fantastic.

Overall, this has all the greatness of the original but with the extras on here, it propels it further to stardom. Congratulations on taking something amazing and making it even better.

Jadakiss – Top 5 Dead Or Alive Review

This album is full of great songs that prove that Jadakiss is where he says he is in the rap hierarchy. his ability to be this lyrical while going over these hard beats makes for a lot of really great moments for Hip Hop that should make a lot of the new generation stand up and pay attention.

The production is great as it sees Jadakiss using his underground feel to make headway into the mainstream which is not easy to do. The backings all give scope for content as well as having a wide range to offer to the messages of the tracks. Maybe a few more softer tracks could show that he can make more of a balanced project but Jadakiss has selected his backings very well for what he wants to show.

The lyricism is obviously fantastic with Jadakiss using every technique under the sun to keep his rhymes fresh. The way he puts his lyrics together leads to some really intricate and hard hitting moments that the listener will remember for a while. There are no issues with how Jadakiss puts his opinions and views across on this project.

The features do a really good job of showing that Jadakiss has serious connections in Hip Hop that are talented and can compete with him on the songs. Each one puts in a lot of effort and helps to make the project cohesive while showing that competition is not dead in the rap game. Maybe a few more singing guests could bring in a slight more mainstream feel and bring this to a slightly wider audiance, but Jadakiss has selected poeple he can work well with and it shows.,

Overall, this album is great to listen to street, lyrical or entertainment perspective. Jadakiss shows that the title of this album is accurate and that he has earned his spot there.

Waka Flocka Flame – Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5 Review

This is another of Waka’s projects that fits his formula very well and reaches further hieghts than his previous work. The crossover with his “Turn Up Godz Tour” mixtape help to really secure this as a good mixtape.

The production is really good and diverse, which helps to lead to more of a listening experiance that you wouldn’t mind listening to again. There are a lot of beats that seem similar but have enough differences to stop the music being the same. This combined with the higher tempo beats help make this a solid project.

The lyricism is alright and could be considered a step up for Waka Flocka Flame. The songs are littered with simpler wordplay that would not put him amoung the elite in the rap game, but is more than expected from Waka which helps make this project seem even better than if it was his everyday performance.

The features help to show that Waka can work well with a variety of other artists. Now while none of the guests are really out of his comfort zone, Waka has selected those he knows he has good chemistry with and this creates a lot of songs that would be much worse without them.

Overall, this is a good mixtape that has a great energetic feel and a surprising amount of entertainment value. In his work to keep his level of fame high but his street level credentials and realism, Waka has found a great balance and should be very happy with how it has ended up.