French Montana – Jungle Rules Review

This release is full of high energy and entertaining tracks that are enjoyable to listen to. However it feels odd in places where the use of auto-tune could be considered unnecessary.

The production is full of trap based beats and cleaned up street backings that help give the jungle vibe French is looking for. Each is strong as an instrumental but works very well with the rappers and singers over the top. Something a bit more experimental would show another aspect of French Montana, but the beat selection here has no real issues.

The lyricism is good with French Montana coming across as his most lyrically flexible self. His bars have some good wordplay and other devices in them, but can be repetitive in places, like the hooks. While he has definitely improved in this area, there is still room to improve further.

The features all help to increase the cohesiveness of this project and show thier own skills. In some cases, they can come across as very similar to what Montana is going for on the song as well with delivery but they never ruin the others performances. Something further form his own talents could help lift this guest selection, on the other hand these features are all effective on the songs they are on.

Overall, this is an achievement because there are a lot of good songs available on it. The problem is that if you cant sing, then don’t auto-tune everything because it can take from the real talent of the rhymes. Also, consolidate the track length to maximise effectiveness.

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Gensu Dean – RAW Review

This is a strong album, not because it is full of pop style songs, but because it doesn’t compromise on what it is supposed to be. Gensu Dean makes the music he wants to make and his confidence shines through this release.

The production is excellent, with the tracks being smooth and cohesive without merging. There are definite breaks between songs, but with the momentum carrying all the way through. There are no issues here with the production as each track not only has its own atmosphere but contributes to the feel of the project as a whole, to great effect.

The features are all effective with a variation of flows and styles to keep a full listen through interesting. With the diversity of the different voices and styles, the tracks don’t get boring and each has a more unique feel then hearing the same thing over and over. A good selection of guests picked by Gensu Dean help keep this a great listen.

Overall, this project is a great reveal to the hip hop community of a producer who has worked hard with a lot of talent to get himself where he is. If Gensu Dean continues to make consistent music like this, he is going to become a lot more famous than he is now.