T.I -Us Or Else: Letter To The System Review

This is a poignant and cohesive release that highlights a lot of political issues as well as others. T.I is trying to show some dark areas of America and he succeeds and then some.

The production is smooth and helps the tracks to flow easily as a listening experience, making it simple to listen to the message of the songs. There is some variation in energy levels as well as pace to bring a good amount of variation to the listen through. There are no issues here as there is nothing dull about the backing beats.

The lyricism is clever as well as passionate, which helps boost the impact of the rhymes. T.I weaves great tapestries of how he currently sees America and the issues inside. There are no problems with the words on this project as there is diversity in the flow, schemes and wordplay used to create an enlightening listen.

The features are great as they help give more points of view on the topics described in the tracks. Each puts in a good effort and pushes the others on the song to try harder themselves. Maybe a few more singers would give a softer touch on some of this project, but there is still a great balance between the artists.

Overall, this is a top release and T. I should be proud of his social work and his attempts to better the people of America. May his lessons not be lost on deaf ears.

Tech N9ne – Special Effects Review

This album is filled with raw and total emotion. With feelings from aggression to sadness to happiness channeled into songs, Tech has made an album that can be relatable and enjoyed by most of the Hip Hop audiance.

The production is excellent. The use of instruments rather than random sounds makes for a slightly more enjoyable listen as well as smoother transitions between songs. Each beat perfectly reflects the atmosphere of each track and contains a lot of influences from other genres, punk for example, to make the project additionally cohesive. The skits in between the tracks, while showing a more human side of Tech N9ne, are quite frequent at the beginning and these could have been better spread out a bit more but they are still enjoyable.

The lyricism is definately present and is fantastic. Tech N9ne has always had some lyrical ability but he has definately developed them through his last few projects. On this, he weaves great multi syllable rhymes that suck in the listener, making them wonder when they will finish. He may need to work on a couple other rap techniques as fall backs, but he is definately doing a great job bringing lyricism to the audiance.

The features all do a great job and all have great verses. With guests ranging from his own label to some of Hip Hops elite, Tech has assembled a team here that would make a lot of other rappers extremely jealous. He even has some features that aren’t from a Hip Hop background to great effect.

Overall, this is a great project that has songs for pretty much anyone who enjoys Hip Hop. Tech N9ne has shown why he is an independent powerhouse in the rap game and that intends to stay there.

Jake Lambo – Unorthodox 2 Review

This is a good project for Jake Lambo as he gets some big name features and shows that he has improved his ability. It also helps to show he can put a song together.

The production is good without overshadowing Jake’s rhymes. There is a good amount of variation in the beats which helps show how universal Jake’s style is. If he tried to apply a bit more energy into some more tracks, that may lead to a wider audience.

The lyricism is improved from his last project and helps make a more enjoyable mixtape. With the additional lyrical techniques used, Jake shows himself as a growing force. He may not be the mosty elite lyrical rapper, but he is starting to head that way.

The features are good and show that Jake has some good chemistry with others in the industry. With some larger names on this project, Jake does well not to get overshadowed and holds his own. Each of the features puts in a good verse and helps tie the project together a bit more.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen with some deeper delving into Jake’s personal history and should be a stepping stone on his way to mainstream success. If he gets a hit single, his ability to craft a project would help him keep the fame.

B.o.B Presents – No Genre: The Label Review

This is a very enjoyable mixtape to listen to, but when you break each track down it comes across as very formulaic. Each is very good but when you compare them, they have a lot of similarities that make each track less special.

The production is very good but a whole listen through can be difficult to stomach. While each one is very good on its own, next to the other tracks, all of them have the same run through when it comes to layout. On the other hand, the energy and excitement in the actual beats can make them very entertaining to listen to.

The lyricism is there but is mostly based on multi syllable techniques as a crutch to lean on. The main artists on this project are all in the same vein of rap with only a small amount of differentiation between all of them. If they all had a more stand out flow to help each of them stand out, it would be more of a showcase of their talents.

With only one feature, this was a good move to help make each of the artists on the project stand out more rather than compete against others. It is better for the No Genre Label to simply show what they can do and not compare themselves to the rest of the rap world just yet.

Overall, this is a good project for energizing the listener but it is not for all audiences. No Genre is not specifically true as there is a lot of rap and Hip Hop roots but there are outside influences thrown in to spice up the musical pot.