Jedi Mind Tricks -The Bridge And The Abyss Review

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.

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E-40 & B-Legit – Connected And Respected Review

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.

Meek Mill – Wins And Losses Review

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.

Stormzy – Gang Signs And Prayer Review

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.

Black Milk And Nat Turner – Sunday Outtakes Review

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.

P Money -Live & Direct Review

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.

Nipsey Hussle – Famous Lies And Unpopular Truths Review

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.