A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes, Vol 1: Friends Review

This project definitely has the cohesive feel that comes with people who are close making music. It is a shame that a lot of the songs are in the same vein, but they are done well.

The production is good and really punctuates the rhymes with the amount of emotions somehow crammed in. Each beat has a lot of similarities, which can often happen with total in house production, but they are all effective in getting the energy across. A few more variations on the beats wouldn’t hurt but all the backings are still very much enjoyable.

The lyricism is entertaining and the different delivery of each Mob member helps keep things fresh as the project plays out. A lot of solid bars are scattered throughout the album, but there is the odd miss step which is quickly covered up with another rhyme. A bit more consistency would make this flow just a little easier.

The features are good with some big names keeping things moving. Each puts in a good verse or uses their signature talents to bring their own flavour to the songs. Some singing could lighten up this project full of deeper tones and noises.

Overall, this project is a good showing of each of the members abilities and how well they work together. It will be interesting to see how they progress with future endeavours.

Hodgy Beats – Dena Tape 2 Review

This is not a bad mixtape by Hodgy Beats but it does not stand out as fantastic. While there are no spots that show much weakness, there are no great strengths that pop out at the listener either.

The production is good and is easy to listen to. The beats each are very enjoyable and blend well with each other. However Hodgy is so loud over them that they lose some attraction and don’t have the impact that they should.

The lyricism is alright but the delivery lets it down. Hodgy has got some good rap techniques he uses but his loudness and his performance on these tracks lets those lyrics down. If he could get his message across with a smoother delivery, he would have more success.

The features are good and show good chemistry with Hodgy Beats, but don’t add huge amounts to the tracks they are on. While the features have some good verses, they don’t come with the wow factor that comes with a superstar performance. With some refining, they could go on to have great careers.

Overall, this is an enjoyable mixtape, but may not be among the greatest this year. With some more refining of the recordings and some work on the delivery, Hodgy could have a career in Hip Hop.