MC Eiht – Which Way Iz West Review

This album is incredible as both MC Eiht and DJ Premier do exactly what they got famous for. Great cuts and killer bars make a wonderful west coast experiance.

The production is truly amazing with DJ Premier bring his substantial talents to the west coast flavour. His impressive use of scratching and samples makes a beautiful canvas for the artists to work over. There are no issues here as the expertise is clear here and makes for a great listen through.

The lyricism is great as MC Eiht weaves a great tapestry of description. His bars do a really great job of expressing his feelings and the development of the west coast sound. Maybe something a little more explosive with his delivery could have brought a little more to the table, but his wordplay goes a very long way.

The features are all great and lend a lot to the nostalgic feel. Each puts in a fantastic verse and helps to stop one voice from becoming boring. There are no issues with the guest selection as they fill the criteria perfectly.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable release and will be an essential for any west coast fans. MC Eiht and DJ Premier have made another quality project for both of their catalogues.

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Snoop Dogg – Neva Left Review

This project is way back classic Snoop. Everything about this is West Coast magic that shows that the title is totally correct and that Snoop is still a force to be reckoned with.

The production is great with plenty of scope for the content. Each beat is individual but with plenty of West Coast flavour to take it back to those old days. With the goal in mind to show that Snoop never left his roots, there are no issues with this release.

The lyricism is even more classic Snoop with his legendary flow lifting this to new heights. His rhymes might not be the most complex, but they have passion and a unique delivery to help increase the entertainment value. There are no issues with the performance from Snoop on this.

The features are amazing and help keep the West Coast flavour alive. Each puts in a good effort and shows their own skills, while having great chemistry with the main artist. The selection make the perfect atmosphere and could not be improved in any major fashion.

Overall, this is an enjoyable and entertaining mix of currant talent and old school feels that makes a great album. Snoop Dogg should be happy and proud of what he has put out here.

Danny Brown -Atrocity Exhibition Review

This is a very interesting release as Danny Brown continues his psychedelic and somewhat psychotic approach to his music with results that push the experimental envelope. Fortunately there are some gems in all the confusion that make this a success.

The production is certainly different with a lot of unusual sounds and patterns used to make an unusual feel that helps somewhat to explain the album title. While not conventional beats used as a backing, they do all work with Brown’s style and with the guest appearances. It may not be for everyone, it does prove that making music does not have to be formulaic as it so often is in mainstream Hip Hop.

The lyricism is clever with Danny Brown showing he can write clever lines about a range of subject matter while keeping his signature tone and flow. He works with the range of production to make emotional songs as well as tracks for the recreational drug user and even high energy offerings. Listeners should be able to find rhymes for everyone on this particular project.

The features are good as they don’t fill the project while helping to elevate it to new heights. Brown selects some A-List acts to prove he can rap with the best and does so with gusto. it will be interesting to see who he chooses to work with in the future as he is already close to the Hip Hop elite.

Overall, this is a very entertaining listen because it is so different. Few artists would try something so experimental, or be able to pull it off so well. Danny Brown should be celebrated for even attempting this, let alone for how well he has crafted it.

Demrick and Cali Cleve – Losing Focus Review

This album clearly is set to deal with issues that Demrick has while also being heavily involved in the drug related rap department. However this musical endeveur is an enjoyable listen, even if it does not quite hit the mark when it comes to connecting emotionally.

The production is fitting with the message that Demrick is trying to put across and Cali Cleve does well to weave it together. The combination of haunting and energetic helps the album explore a lot of ground as well as provide a song for all audiances in Hip Hop. Some radio ready tracks may help build thier profiles but the work done on this album has some very good beats in it.

The lyricism is clever and intricate throughout the whole project. Demrick does very well with his wordplay and rhyming schemes to attract the lyrical listeners in the rap game. There is a lot of entertaining and enjoyable rap moments on this project and should be seen as stepping stones on Demrick’s path to success.

The features are also very good on this album as they are growing or established names in Hip Hop already which helps to bring some diversity to the project and each of them puts in a good effort. Every verse fits in with the tracks message perfectly and each has thier own intricate schemes that build the fun of this album.

Overall, this is an enjoyable album if you are into drugs and are inclined towards an emotional mood. If not, you can still enjoy this album based exclusively on the high quality of lyricism involved in this musical effort.

Berner and B-Real – Prohibition Review

If you want to listen to weed smoking music made by weed smokers, this is a good place to start. Both artists are known for their high flying smoking status and coming together to make this project is a good recipe for single topic songs. While it is only 8 tracks long, this helps keep the project interesting to the listener for the time it is on. This is much better than a longer project in the same vein which would be boring by the end.

The lyricism is present on all tracks and, while it may not be why you would listen to the project, it does help to keep you in tracks that are playing. B-Real comes across as the more lyrically inclined, but Berner isn’t slouching either. It all helps to tie together all the tracks under the drug theme.

The production is laid back and on a relaxed wavelength as you listen through. It may not calm you down without the use of narcotics it so advises, but in comparison to todays popular culture it is positively soothing. obviously, it picks up in places but on average it is the smokers den calmness.

The features are good and have strong ties to the theme. Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa for example are very embedded in smokers culture and go hand in hand with the narcotics that the whole mixtape is based on. This actually helps to keep the purity of a smokers project, if there is such a thing.

Overall, this is a short but cohesive project about narcotics and the effect the legalization could have on America. Increased revenue from taxes, people are more relaxed etc. etc. B-Real and Berner have done well with this and should continue with this creative streak.