Troy Ave – Roland Collins Review

This project is alright but sounds lazy in places and lacking in passion. Troy Ave doesn’t sound like he is pushing himself and instead like he is trying to capitalise off of his recent and unfortunate spell in the news.

The production is good with a variety of speeds and themes to help make the project cohesive. Each beat is enjoyable in its own right and is one of the top elements of this mixtape. The backings here really help to raise this project up to not terrible, but possibly not as far as good.

The lyricism is alright but the delivery sounds lazy in a lot of places and doesn’t have a great deal of performance factor. Troy Ave does a lot of emotional work on this, but doesn’t do enough to make his rhymes stand out. A deeper look at how he puts his raps into action could go a long way here.

Overall, this is only good to get a slight view into the inner workings of Troy Ave. With no features, Troy really needed to push himself for great verses and they simply get dull the longer you listen.

Troy Ave – Major Without A Deal Review

This album is ruined by all the references to how successful he currently feels he is. However the arrogance displayed does not reflect his position in Hip Hop and this project may well have brought him down a stage.

The production is good and opens a variety of avenues for song content. Troy does try his hand at a variety of track types, but doesnt get into the groove of each beat to make the connections cohesive. While variety is good, he needs to limit it down to a beat selection he really gels with.

The lyricism is alright but the lack of substantial content really takes from the performance. Troy Ave does have some good things wrapped into his rhymes but the delivery and obsession with wealth take away from what could be some great songs. Troy needs to look into some new things to rap about if he wants to be an actual success.

The features are a mixture of cohesive guests to big name rappers who all do well on the tracks they feature on. All of them put in good effort and, while some do better than others, each shows they can be big in Hip Hop. Some features that dont fit the rap profile so much could have expanded the audiance for this project, but the guests on this are a good selection.

Overall, this could have been an enjoyable album but Troy Ave does not seem to care about how good the songs are as long as he can rap about money. He has a lot of work to do.