AD – Regional Departure Review

This release shows a willingness for AD to expand beyond his local territory. This is a great project that proves that AD is a talent to stay.

The production is smooth and expansive. Each beat leaves a lot of room for the artists on it to flex their skills and lets the flavour of the artists add to the backings. Maybe a few more songs with a few different influences could show a little more growth, but AD has a strong selection here.

The lyricism is not overly complicated but has a lot of impact with the delivery. AD does well to pick strong production that accentuates his performance. He has good wordplay, but a little more complexity would not go amiss.

The features all help to keep this project rolling smoothly on. They all show talent in their ability and keep this release being cohesive. A few more singers might give this another edge to praise, but the guests on this are a solid group.

Overall, AD should be very happy with this as it is another stepping stone to greater success. This should make more listeners take notice of the west coast rhymer and appreciate his skills.

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YG – Still Brazy Review

This album is a fantastic statement on America’s youth. YG is blunt and descriptive about how young men in America feel and act, especially under present circumstances.

The production is pure West Coast with the bounce and feel of modern LA. There is a lot of energy throughout the album even with the mixture of positive and negative tracks. Maybe a few tracks with a feel further from his comfort zone would make some interesting results, but YG knows what is effective and enjoyable for his audience.

The lyricism is good with vivid imagery without trying to be overly clever. YG does not mince his words and simply tells it like it is with his delivery and vocal tone that makes him stand out. Nothing appears to be wrong with his performance, especially as he changes flow and plays with voice modulation.

The features help give this the story telling angle that YG excels at. It has a family and friends feel that help the project feel cohesive as well as the guests working hard. Each puts in good effort and comes away with more listeners knowing who they are.

Overall, this is a great album for the times young men like YG live in. No one can say how this will translate over time, but this is definately a successful album right now.

The Game -Streets Of Compton Review

This album may not be the most cohesive project out there, but it does reflect the state of Compton at the time of release. Game uses this to try and help aspiring and known artists to reach a wider audience.

The production is good and gives a great atmosphere that helps the messages of each track hit harder. There is some variation in styles, but the main sounds are gritty and street, to fit with the theme. Maybe a larger portion of the lighter side of things could have made a more balanced project, but this was made to highlight the negatives for the listeners, which it does.

The lyricism is great from Game yet again. He uses his gruff tones and clever wordplay to weave his messages into tapestries so you can picture what he is describing. Some more light hearted songs wouldn’t go amiss but Game knows what he is trying to say and puts it across well.

The features all do a good job of showcasing their skills and helping to bolster their name in the Hip Hop community. There are a selection of different styles which help make the project pop more. Only time will tell if they can capitalise and grow as artists.

Overall, this accurately depicts the currant state of Compton and of the artists currently making a name for themselves. Game gives them a good platform while still showing he can write great verses.

The Game – The Documentary 2.5 Review

This album is the second disc of his release last week and it continues the standard of greatness. There is at least a few tracks for every Hip Hop listener and they are done very well.

The production is good and keeps his west coast feel well and truly alive. Each song may have the diversity to keep its individuality, but it definately has that west influence through all of it. There are no issues with the backings on this as he covers every aspect of Hip Hop with it.

The lyricism is good and shows he is still improving upon his previous performances. The way he moves within the beats shows great talent as Game has shown every step of his discography. There is little to improve on here, but maybe some radio friendly songs to appeal to the mainstream.

The features all help flesh this out and, while they all put in a lot of effort, show that Game is one of the best out there. Each guest shows that they have some talent and that they can put passion into thier work, but few come close to the main artist. There are no issues with his selection however because each helps make the project more cohesive.

Overall, this album is a fantastic continuation of his previous work that shows Game is not missing a step. If Game can keep this up, then he will truly be one of the greats.

AD – Blue: 89 Review

This is a project deeply entwined in West Coast Hip Hop with many influences of the Hip Hop zone showing through, but with enough of AD doing his own thing to make it his own. However his variation in his delivery can upset the enjoyment of some songs.

The production is excellent and reflects AD’s origins and track message very well. The beats all have their own feel and the way the project is structured gives a great balance of aggression and softer stuff. Possibly some more beats from further afield may have shown AD can work with different types of producer but what he has selected for this project is really fantastic.

The lyricism is good and helps carry the project. AD does a good job to make his lyrics a bit more complex than street level, but it is not elite level by far. However, the way his wordplay flows and his varied delivery help make each track more interesting. Maybe some more complicated schemes and other rap devices could improve these songs, but with his signature style being what it is, it may not improve them by a huge amount.

The features are also good and help to show that AD can work well with a certain group of rappers, that group being from where he is from. Each writes a good verse and adds a bit of extra flavour to each track, however seem to be very much in the same lane as AD. Some features that show AD can also work with people from a different coast could have shown more of a balance, but these features are very entertaining.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen and a great effort by AD. He does very well to keep his individuality while making tracks it is easy to bump to and should start looking to move forward with his rap career by making more projects like this.