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.

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.

King Magnetic – Everything Happens 4 A Reason Review

This is a strong release from King Magnetic with a lot of replay ability. There is plenty of aggression and energy to help make this an entertaining listen.

The production is great with a lot of easy listening combined with haunting sounds to help punctuate King Magnetic’s messages. The beats flow together very well and help make this a cohesive full listen through. Maybe something a little more pop based could bring in a few more listeners, however King Magnetic knows who his music is aimed at at works well for that demographic.

The lyricism is good, but not fantastic. King Magnetic has a strong delivery that helps boost the impact of his wordplay, but a lot of the punch lands in the themes in the music. There is a chance that some more complex wordplay would help boost the level of detail, but might have lost the impact of the message.

The features are a good selection as they sound like they have chemistry with King Magnetic which always translates into better songs. Each has a style that compliments Magnetics own and helps make better verses for everyone. Maybe some singers could give a little more depth, but this is a great selection of guests.

Overall, this is a rock solid release that is a good addition to King Magnetic’s catalogue. With some aggressive songs and a few softer ones, everyone should give this album a try and more will like it than they might expect.

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Review

This is a great project from a legendary group. Not only does it show that there is still a way to make unique sounding music, but it is the best farewell they could ever give to Phife Dawg, may he rest in peace.

The production is full of the jazz influences you would expect to hear from this group. They use the instruments to create great atmosphere throughout the project as well as affect the energy as it flows through the songs. There are some moments that are sudden changes but they are out there for effect and are not mistakes as they are part of how the project plays out.

The lyricism is great with each member who raps doing a great job of showing their signature flow with enjoyable rhymes to make tracks that are thought provoking and yet easy listening. maybe a few more changes between flows could make slightly more impact, but there are no weaknesses in the performances on this album.

The features are great as each shows off their own impressive skills while showing great chemistry with the group. All are uncredited on the album which means that on first listen through they are a surprise and are somewhat refreshing. This is a nice touch as there is a good balance between singers and rappers which leads to a smooth project on each listen through.

Overall, this is a great alternative project from what is popular in the mainstream and should help show people that rap is more than the generic pop tunes. Each member should be proud that they could make Phife Dawg’s last project as great as this.

CZARFACE – A Fistful Of Peril Review

This project is another good showing from the members of CZARFACE. Each does their part very well which helps lead to a concise and cohesive project.

The production is fantastic with the signature CZARFACE sound coming through very clearly. The jazz influences are still present and help add a dimension to this music that a lot of new music is missing. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is different, edgy and very enjoyable.

The lyricism is good with the rappers using plenty of superhero references to play to the comic book style. Both Esoteric and Inspectah Deck put in the energy to fit with the fast paced album, which is thirteen tracks but last only thirty five minutes. Some more changes in flow could make a few more interesting moments, but there are no faults in the rhymes spit by the main artists.

The features help to flesh out this project and shows that not only big names help make tracks. Each of them put in good efforts and help keep the quality high on this album. A few more singers may help to expand the possibilities of this album, but may not have fitted with the style of the CZARFACE story.

Overall, this is a very fast paced and entertaining project, but may not be for everyone. On the other hand, it is definitely worth one listen to decide if the style of this group works for you.

Freeway – Fear Of A Free Planet Review

This album is great as it is thought provoking as well as enjoyable. Freeway exercises his freedom of speech and makes tracks to get the listeners to see his point of view and opinions.

The production is good as it is not overpowering or rough so that the message is clear to shine through. Each beat is individual while being cohesive as a listen through. The skits help to tie together the project as well as they follow the theme also. Maybe some more changes in tempo could have made some more interesting moments, but Freeway has chosen his backings well on this mixtape.

The lyricism is good as Freeway peppers his rhymes with a variety of techniques to improve the impact of his words. Each verse has enough lyrical devices that they do not overpower the message but they do help to stop the songs becoming rants. There are no real issues with what Freeway has done to help enhance what he is saying.

The features are good as they are different enough to Freeway to stand out. They each have great verses on thier own and showcase thier own talents to make sure they are remembered for what they did on these tracks as well. A singer could have added another dimension, but there is nothing wrong with the guest selection on here.

Overall, this mixtape is fantastic as it has several clear points as well as having the entertainment factor. Freeway is trying to shape minds with this and he may well succeed.

Freddie Gibbs – Shadow Of A Doubt Review

This album is great if you like a darker side of rap music with the raw power that Gibbs can provide. He uses his skills to craft an album that lives in the shadows with few skirmishes to anything sunny.

The production is good with the right atmosphere for the message of the track. There are a lot of dark sounds and noises that help lend itself to wards the album title and help make the project feel cohesive with the theme. With the aim of the album in mind, there are no real issues with the beat selection on this.

The lyricism is great with Freddie Gibbs using a rapid flow to cram in his lyrical genius. He uses a lot of different techniques to keep his rhymes sh and interesting. Maybe a few more changes in delivery could have made for some more memorable moments but there are no real issues with his efforts on this album.

The features do a good job of having a point of comparison for Gibbs and making him push himself. Each has a good performance that shows that they have what it takes to be a good rapper as well. Maybe some singing guests could have shown that Gibbs can work with more than one type of musician, but it is difficult to show where they would fit in this project.

Overall, this is a great album if you enjoy the darker side of rap and personal struggles. Freddie Gibbs does well to make a project that is dark and entertaining.

DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot Review

This album is good if you like the highly energized rap music that pumps out of mainstream radio these days. If you prefer something deeper or more lyrical, there are other options out there for you.

The production is good with plenty of different types of energetic beats, but there are no slow moments. This works fine for the basis of this album as it is DJ led, but should be avoided elsewhere. A few more diverse backings could do well to show that DJ Khaled does not follow a formula, but the concept of this album works for his purpose.

The features all do a good enough job to make the songs enjoyable but there is not a lot of substance. Each guest puts effort into thier verses, but with the same people recurring multiple times doing the same thing, can become stale. Maybe some more variation in guest selection could create some more interesting moments, but at least the songs are not totally boring.

Overall, you will probably like a few songs on this but a full listen through may not be as entertaining to everyone as it might seem. DJ Khaled does show that he can still put together a project however.

Drake And Future – What A Time To Be Alive Review

This mixtape is a bizarre mix of elements from both artists. However it is not necesserily the best parts of each rapper that gets blended.

The production is good, but can become repetitive and stale. The beats are not quite diverse enough to stand out from each other on a full listen through, which means the rhymes are relied on to carry the whole project. Diversity could be the key to replay ability.

The lyricism is good from Drake but the same old Future we always get. While he does not exactly slack, Future seems to be happy where he is, which is cranking out the same sort of music he always does. Drake seems to be pushing himself more since his recent diss tracks. A bit more drive to be better than the rest of the new generation could lead to further improvements.

Overall, this project shows that Drake is trying to improve while Future knows what will sell without drive and effort. An enjoyable mixtape for a while but not a lot of longevity.

Dr Dre – Compton Review

This album is crafted to perfection and Dr Dre has made a fantastic listening experiance. It may not be for everyone, but fans of real Hip Hop will adore what has been made here.

The production is flawless with easy transitions and the tracks have an atmosphere that fits perfectly with what they are trying to perpetrate. The beats are smooth and cohesive, allowing the story of Compton to flow easily to the listener. There are no issues with this selection and there should not be with Dr Dre being as talented as he is.

The lyricism is great as it ranges from incredibly intricate to passionate and emotional. While Dr Dre openly admits to not writing all his rhymes, his delivery and the power he puts behind them really land the meaning deep with a lot of impact. For some of the audiance, the fact Dr Dre did not write all of it could tarnish it for them, however he conducts his feelings through them accurately and powerfully.

The features are a huge part of this projectand help to make this a milestone in the rap game. There are a core group who appear repetively and consistently put a lot of effort and pleasure into the tracklist. The other guests all do a really excellent job of putting across thier feeling of genorosity towards how Dre has shaped thier career and that translates into thier rhymes. There were absolutely no problems with the feature selection here.

Overall, Dr Dre has once again shown that his level of ability and experiance in Hip Hop have allowed him to make a really amazing album. It may not be Detox, but from what the public have heard, this is much more personnal.