DJ Khaled – Major Key Review

This album had high hopes, but falls flat a lot more than it soars. Some tracks come across as cohesive genius whereas others seem more like formulaic noise to try and bring in more listeners who are not Hip Hop educated.

The production is good in places and great in others. There is a lot of energy running through the project but in a lot of places the elements in the tracks become more merged together into background noise rather than being effectively tools. Maybe some more beats with less happening in them would open up more space for the artists.

The features all do their job and most do it well to help flesh out this project. The verses tend to be effective but the hooks come across as repetitive in a lot of cases which really lets the album down. Some more imagination in that particular aspect would go a long way.

Overall, Khaled has made his playlist of high value artists and put together a collection of music that will appeal to most. However only a few tracks will remain with the listener.

DJ Drama – Quality Street Music 2 Review

This album shows that DJ Drama can still put together a great project after all his years in Hip Hop. While he is more of a curator than a performer, he shows he has connections and puts together exactly what the title describes.

The production is energetic while creating the atmosphere the track needs. Each is individual while bring cohesive with the overall listen through. When you listen through the whole thing, it does seem formulaic on first listen, but each backing is crafted well and will appeal to the listener.

The features really help to make this project as they are the main focus of all the songs. All put in good effort and on each track, the guests work well together as DJ Drama knew they would. He picks a few veterans as well as a great selection of up and comers to show their skills and flesh out the tracks. Maybe some artists further from what Drama already knows could make some moments further from the formula, but he knows what works and works it well.

Overall, this is a great playlist for songs for the street. DJ Drama has put this together very well and will hopefully go on to cultivate new talent as he has been.

Curren$y – Canal Street Confidential Review

This album is full of smooth beats with Curren$y being even smoother over the top. There is a lot of replay ability in these songs as well as kick back music.

The production is easy listening with some more classic sounds to give this more of a lasting feel. The beats all sound individual so while the whole album has the ability to play right thorugh, you can select tracks out of it as well. Maybe some more different types of backing could show a greater range of talent, but Creen$y has selected well on this project.

The lyricism is good from Curren$y who shows he is a skilled lyricist. He uses a lot of different techniques  to really get the imagery and wordplay into his rhymes. Some attempt to vary his delivery could add another angle to his performance but Curren$y does a good job.

The features all contribute to how well this project plays. Each of the guests do very well on thier verses and help show that Curren$y can work well together with others. A couple more singers could give the project more of a balance but Curren$y has slected a great set of features for this project.

Overall, this project is great for Curren$y as it shows his skill while being good for Hip Hop as it strays away form the general formula. May his next project be as unique as this.

DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot Review

This album is good if you like the highly energized rap music that pumps out of mainstream radio these days. If you prefer something deeper or more lyrical, there are other options out there for you.

The production is good with plenty of different types of energetic beats, but there are no slow moments. This works fine for the basis of this album as it is DJ led, but should be avoided elsewhere. A few more diverse backings could do well to show that DJ Khaled does not follow a formula, but the concept of this album works for his purpose.

The features all do a good enough job to make the songs enjoyable but there is not a lot of substance. Each guest puts effort into thier verses, but with the same people recurring multiple times doing the same thing, can become stale. Maybe some more variation in guest selection could create some more interesting moments, but at least the songs are not totally boring.

Overall, you will probably like a few songs on this but a full listen through may not be as entertaining to everyone as it might seem. DJ Khaled does show that he can still put together a project however.

Juicy J – 100% Juice Review

This mixtape is not breaking any new ground at all and is a rehashing of everything we have already heard from Juicy J. He needs to break the formula if he wants to bring in new listeners.

The production is a lot of what we normally hear on a track from Juicy J and becomes stale very quickly. While there are some interesting sounds and some good beats in there, there is also a lot of similarities between them as well as what is on the market right now. A few attempts at trying something new to show that he can climb out of the rut he is stuck in could be great, however Juicy J seems caught in hat he already knows he can do.

The lyricism is straight forward and packed with an impactful delivery, but lacks any content that will stick with the listener. Juicy J can craft rhymes about a few things with some effectiveness but it is lacking in diversity which makes the tracks harder to listen through. A bit more variation could lead to more poeple being interested in the music on this project.

The features don’t bring a lot to the mixtape as some do great and others very little. The guestslater on in the project do a better job, but earlier they are very similar to Juicy J themselves. Maybe some guests who compliment rather than imitate could lead to more interesting moments.

Overall, this mixtape is fine if you want to hear more of what Juicy J can already make, but if you were expecting something new from him, you will be disappointed.

Rick Ross – Black Dollar Review

This mixtape is a better project than his last album was. It has better hymes, beats and level of cohesiveness which shows an odd amount of concentration for Ross to be exhibiting.

The production is good with plenty of scope. There are interesting sounds and patterns used to make beats to encapture the listener and keeps the listen through sounding enjoyable. Some beats out of his comfort zone could have inspired even more interesting moments, but Ross works well with what he picks here.

The lyricism is not complicated or complex, but contains enough relevant and pertenant information that they can be entertaining when listened to. The content is what drives this along with above average delivery. Some attempts to try new things could show that Ross can evolve outside his comfort zone, but he sticks to what works for him to make music.

The features all help to increase the cohesiveness of this mixtape. They put in a lot of effort and on thier tracks that seems to push Ross to try harder as well. Some guests from further away from his comfort zone could make some more interesting tracks, but the poeple on here work well with Ross.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project that won’t be fun for everyone, but does show growth from Ross in his content. He just needs to try a few more new things.

Problem – OT: Outta Town Review

This is a better than expected project from Problem as he has really started separating himself from the ordinary rappers into a faster lane for himself. If he can continue to move in this direction, then he may become more of a household name than he currently holds.

The production is excellent for the music Problem is providing. The beats are street gritty while still seeming polished and varied enough to cover a lot of ground on content and tempo. At twenty one tracks long, there is a lot fo ground to be covered but the project stays interesting to the end because of the beats involved. It is possible for the beats to be slightly more structured but it can be said that this project is great from a production perspective.

The lyricism is not the most complex but is average combined with excellent delivery to create an enjoyable listen from a rap side of things. Problem does a great job in putting his passion into his rhymes and it comes across as a fantastic performance on every track. Some more complicated wordplay may bring in a wider audiance but Problem does a great job rapping on this mixtape.

The features put in a great effort and come up with some fantastic verses that help keep this mixtape feeling fresh and stopping it getting stale across its twenty one tracks. With some big names on here, it shows that Problem has some connections in Hip Hop and that those connections think that Problem has some potential in the rap game.

Overall, this is a great effort from Problem and an enjoyable listen to. It may be a bit more chilled than some are expecting but it is still energetic and puts Problem in a strong position moving further into the new year.

Kevin Gates – Luca Brasi 2 Review

This is a great mixtape and has everything that a project needs to be considered a classic. It has range, wordplay, a great delivery and a good theme running through it. This is a great work of Hip Hop and should be listened to by everyone and Kevin Gates is shown as a great force in the rap game.

The production is good while being dark and gritty. This fits with the running theme and helps to build the atmosphere on the project to make it more enjoyable and enthralling. The beats cause the listener to be sucked into a monochrome world of gangsters and the streets and it is a fantastic listen through.

The lyricism is very good and clear on every track. Gates does well when it comes to storytelling on some of the tracks and does well to relate to his own experience on other songs. He weaves these moments together to create a flowing track list that is an easy and enjoyable listen that is worth more than one listen.

The features are good and help bring the mob feeling to the mixtape. This is good since the mixtape is named after a mobster. They help to bring out a more cohesive project, since they break up the monotony of one voice, and help add depth to an already fairly deep mixtape.

Overall, this is a very good mixtape that should be commended for pretty much every aspect of rap and Hip Hop. Fans of rap, Hip Hop or Kevin Gates should give this album a chance as it will soon become one of you more played projects of recent years.