Big K.R.I.T – All My Life Review

This album has a lot of what K.R.I.T has done before but with renewed vidor and energy. While there are a lot of comparison to previous projects, there are definately some fresher attempts to make the songs appealing to listeners.

The production is great with a lot of more traditional instruements  used to give this a smoother ride and more of an easy listening appeal. There are plenty of good beats for K.R.I.T to use with plenty of scope for content. Maybe some more varied backings could show more of a universal appeal for K.R.I.T but he does well over what he has chosen here/

The lyricism is good but does not seem as complex as it could be. It does not seem like the actual rhymes had too much thought and the focus is on the message which gets lost in the production. Some more focus on lyrical complexity could go a long way.

The features do well in adding another dimension to the project. Each bring s aoog verse to the projhect but does not propel the track they are on as intended. Maybe some more varied styles of rapper could have created some more interesting moments.

Overall, this project has some great moments but they are few and far between. K.R.I.T may need ot look into changing his formula if he wants to bring in a larger audiance.

Joe Budden – All Love Lost Review

This album is full of great personnal stories that are fantastic if you have been following or are looking to follow Joe Budden as an artist. If that is not the case, then this is not the album for you as it does not contain a lot of universal songs.

The production is interesting as it is deep with a lot of space for Budden to tell his story. While they would hold thier own weight, the story telling that Budden does over the top rteally makes the tracks, even if he sounds uncomfortable over some of them. Maybe some more energetic tracks could show that he can still appeal to the mainstream, but otherwise this is a very small audiance to be aiming at.

The lyricism is obviously fantastic while combining in the story telling element. Being one quarter of the greatest groups Hip Hop has seen, he shows he knows his way around a rhyme and litters this project with not only emotional content, but creative ways of getting it across. He may want to look at how he comes across over a beat, but as he grew up freestyling this is somewhat explained. maybe somthing to look at in the future however.

The features all help take care of the hooks as Joe knows he is not the best at this part of song making. Each puts in a lot of passion to help build the cohesiveness of the project, as Budden puts so much of himself in his music. Maybve some features from other genres would help with the chorus and add another edge to the songs.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album if you understand where Joe Budden has come from and how his songs work. If not, then you may want to familiarise youself with his previous work to prepare for this.

Jeezy – Seen It All: The Autobiography Review

This is maybe not a story telling as the autobiography part of the title would suggest. It comes across as a collection of songs that are ordered from least emotional to most emotional. Not to say the songs don’t show a growth as a person for Jeezy as it shows him moving away from selling drugs and into the rap industry where he seeks bigger and better things.

The production is good throughout but feels a bit segmented, meaning that every few songs the production type and atmosphere changes to allow a step forward in emotional growth for Jeezy to express. It starts off very Trap and moves through the scale until you reach a more open audience range of beats that could be used for a wide range of genres. That being said, none of the production is bad, infact a lot of it is good and keeps the listener interested, it just needed some of the variation sprinkled over the entire album.

The lyricism is present as always and while it is not as prominent as the top lyricists in the rap game, it is included, just a bit more subtly. Jeezy uses his unique voice to stand out against the features. The features themselves are good and they reflect Jeezy’s own style which amplifies both performances.

Overall, This is a good album that helps showcase Jeezy’s evolution during his rap career and where he stands now. It may not be the greatest album of the year, but it is immersive and there will definitely be a few tracks for all rap fans to enjoy.