This album has all the flavours that a Jedi Mind Tricks album should be. It has the aggression as well as the soul searching that makes a complete listen through.
The production is amazing with a lot of interesting sounds and plenty of power behind them to really push the lyrics forward. It could be argued that the beats are too packed with sound to be effective, but it is actually very effective with the content and delivery of the artists on the songs. It is great to see an ebb and flow of the album as the backings get softer and harder as it plays through.
The lyricism is strong, with the delivery really boosting its appeal. With the performance elements making the rhymes stand out, they may not be the most complex raps out there, but they are still smart which makes a great combination. This element is one of the top reasons that this album is phenomenal.
The features all do great to add cohesiveness and extra voices to this project. All have great talent and show it in abundance on this. It would be interesting to see more singers appear on this, but the guests do a great job on this.
Overall, this is a very energetic album that has a lot of what makes great hip hop albums. A lot of aggression and chemistry between the group members mean this album will be spinning for a long time.
This release shows a couple of Veteran rappers who show that they are not going anywhere soon. Both E-40 and B-Legit show their signature styles on here and the chemistry between them is obvious and makes greats tracks.
The production is classic bouncy west coast. There is nothing about the backings to this that doesn’t sound immediately from that area and it fits perfectly. Something that doesn’t fit this formula would automatically feel out of place so it makes sense to make the best of what they know.
The lyricism is punchy but does rely on delivery. The wordplay is still good and is very enjoyable, but don’t expect the most complex lyricism from the artists here. The performance factor is important but there is still no disappointment from either E-40 or B-Legit.
The features help to add some fresh voices and show more talent from some lesser known artists. Each shows their own talents while adding more cohesion to the album. Maybe some singing could help add another level, but may not be in keeping with the project.
Overall, this is a fantastic album for those who still strive for more of a taste of the west coast. E-40 and B-Legit both show continued strength in the rap game and should continue to show how strong the veterans of hip hop are.
This release is another showing of force from Meek Mill, with a renewed vigour for success. After a turbulent time, he has shown how he can pull it together to make good music.
The production is energetic and helps keep the pace as the project plays. Each song with similar atmospheres all have a lot of the same elements, but are varied enough that they don’t get confused for each other. Maybe something with more of an easy listening feel would help include another audience, but would not fit with Meek Mill’s delivery.
The lyricism is strong with plenty of wordplay and clever punchlines. With some poignant messages in the mix here, the impact is huge with the delivery and performance aspects boosting them. a softer delivery might show that Meek is expanding his repertoire, but having already added a lot to his arsenal here, it is not a big miss.
The features are great and help with the cohesiveness of this album. Each makes a great effort and shows their own skills, which always fit with the song they are on. A guest from further afield than the rap game would help make some more interesting moments, but this is a small price for the results displayed on this project.
Overall, this is an enjoyable album with some great moments and little filler. Meek Mill can hopefully take this and have a more stable year to come.
This debut is strong with a personal style and flavour, unique to Stormzy. He is such a strong personality that’s shines through everywhere, except where he tries to bend to what he thinks the audience wants.
The production is grimy in a lot of places with some softer touches when the content also softens. The different combinations of beats show that Stormzy can be versatile, but the execution and the way they flow together detracts from the cohesiveness of the project overall. Maybe trying to prove you can do it all is not always the best course to take.
The lyricism is good, with Stormzy utilising a somewhat common rap style, but lifting it to new heights with his delivery and performance factor. His rhymes are tight and use some good skills to tell stories of redemption and religion, which are common themes. Maybe some more of the aggression shown in the hit singles would have made the project people were expecting, but this release actually shows more sides to Stormzy than people were originally interested in.
The features are good and help to show how Stormzy has sparked interest in the rap community. With some big names on here giving some great performances, it is a great oppertunity for Stormzy to see how he stacks up with others. The inclusion of the singing is a nice touch, but doesn’t help with the tough guy image he had built for himself.
Overall, this is a solid debut album from a leader in the new wave of grime artists, but only time will tell if he can stay that way. Stormzy may want to look at balancing his projects out a little more if he wants a more cohesive product.
This release is an instrumental collection of six small tracks that are somewhere between easy listening jazz and scattered sounds. There is a song for every occasion, but it is not as cohesive as one might wish it to be.
The actual beats are sporadic in length and in goal. Each one is different from the others but for some that means they are smooth and others are a variety of noise and sounds that accompany the title of improvised jazz. While that could be what they were going for, it breaks up the cohesiveness of the album.
Some attempts at lyricism may have helped to save that cohesiveness, but might not have created the project the artists wanted to make. The title suggests that these are not the beats they wanted for a full length release but were good enough to see the light of day. Hopefully they are working on something in the future that will have words to pull it together.
Overall, this release is hopefully a taster of things to come, but with some more substance. Both Black Milk and Nat Turner should learn from this release and power on to a full length release, but please have lyrics in it.
This is a fun release from P Money because despite some of the more emotional content, the way it is crafted keeps plenty of momentum going. P does well to have such diverse content in these conditions.
The production is much more electronic than other releases but helps to show that P Money is willing to try new things and explore the world of music more. Each is individual and yet cohesive to the others so that a full listen through doesn’t become work. The experiment with these kinds of beats have worked well and it will be interesting how P develops further in the future.
The lyricism is good with a strong delivery helping to bolster the performance. Solid wordplay as well as variation of flows helps make this entertaining as well as allowing the rhymes to land home hard. This is a great showing by P Money as he should continue to develop as an artist and put out music like this, but maybe a little less repetition in the hooks.
The features are good too as they have some strong performances as well as Money bringing up some newer talent too. Each showcases their own abilities and helps to make this the cohesive project that it is. Possibly a little more singing could help but this is still a great selection.
Overal, this is a fun and enigmatic album that should have some serious success. P Money should get more attention from audiences with this release.
This is a great project for Nipsey Hussle to keep his momentum going ready for 2017 to be a bigger year than this one has been. He demonstrates his talents and why he is still a prominent figure in the rap game.
The production is good with energy and passion going through all the tracks. There is some similarities between some of the songs, but that can be put down to the west coast flavour that Hussle enjoys using. Some variation would show a more complete ability, but Nipsey is just giving a flavour of what he is capable of to get people ready for upcoming releases.
The lyricism is good with plenty of wordplay to make the rhymes entertaining. Each bar has the signature delivery that helps elevate the raps while the punchy bars land the messages home with ease. Some more experimentation with flow and pace might show a little more willingness to be open to the direction hip hop is going in, but Nipsey shows he knows what he is good at and excels at it.
Overall, it is a shame there isn’t more from Nipsey Hussle on this. The guests help make this cohesive, but doesn; t leave so much room for the main artist to explore thier skills. that being said, this is still a great few tracks to enjoyat any time.
This project is good, fun and energetic which is sometimes what the audience needs. There are a few emotional songs, but Montana remains in his comfort zone for the majority.
The production is very bouncy with a lot of club atmosphere as well as some street beats to help keep this mixtape fresh. With so much power behind the boards, there is a lot of drive pushing this project forward that the backings provide a lot of the entertainment here. The beat selection is great for the music that French Montana wants to make.
The lyricism is straight forward but is effective in places. The rhymes are not made to be the most lyrical and his shouting at the end of almost every line doesn’t help make this more interesting. He knows what his fans want, and supplies that, but doesnt push French doesn’t push himself to be better.
The features help to make this more cohesive and to break up the monotony of hearing French Montana shout. Each puts in good effort and their styles alleviate some more of the similarities between the songs. Some more singing could have added another dimension to this mixtape, but French Montana knows what his fans expect and there are some huge names on here to assist with that.
Overall, this is a good romp through what a formulaic hip hop hit sounds like, but it lacks a lot of substance. French Montana may want to evolve his content if he wants to have more longevity in his career.
This is a fantastic album with plenty of replay value and that will appeal to all listeners of Hip Hop. The group have used the kickstarter campaign to make a piece of art that will last for years to come.
The production is excellent with a lot of influences from other genres, predominantly jazz. While many rappers these days might struggle with these backings, each member sounds at ease over them which helps contribute to the cohesiveness of the project. There are no issues with the selection here as De la Soul once again push the envelope looking to expand others attempts to pick great beats.
The lyricism is complex and clever, while sounding laidback. Each member sounds like it is the easiest thing in the world to be such clever rhymers while being comical, telling a story or sending a serious message. Again, there are no serious issues with how thier vocals come across on this album.
The features all do good work, even if it is only a skit or interlude. The guests on the songs help to bulk it out with new voices and opinions while not detracting from the somewhat experimental sound De la Soul put across. They have a good balance of rapping to singers as well as people from different eras to help make this album great.
Overall, this is truly a fantastic album that will have listeners begging for more. Since that is how this album came around, after crowd funding this project, maybe more can be made the same way in the future.
This project has some shining moments that can become steeped in the more mediocre ones. Chip shows he has grown up in the Hip Hop community and is ready to step up to the play.
The production is energetic and lets Chip roam free with what he wants to say. There is a lot of carry thorugh with the momentum from the earlier tracks that picks up right at the end for a personnal finale. Maybe on a longer project Chip would want to try some different types of production to show he can work in more areas of rap.
The lyricism is good with Chip displaying a range of different techniques to keep the listener interested. The imagery is good with Chip showing he can paint a vivid picture with his rhymes while getting his point across with impact. Some changes in flow and delivery could help Chip make his songs even more refreshing to the listener.
The features do well to add an extra dimension to the project. The singers soften thier tracks while the rappers show a tougher side of Chip. There is a good balance of guests on this with no complaints.
Overall, this project is really great for Chip to show he is not a boy anymore, but he needs to pick a direction to take this. For now, he is doing a good job.