Big Boi – BOOMIVERSE Review

This is a great release from Big Boi as it is smooth and does encompass every listener with one play through. Something for everyone and high levels of cohesion have built this up into a top quality product.

The production is fantastic as each beat is strong and can stand on its own, while leaving room for the artists to work and not encroach on their space. You also get the feeling of outer space and the expanse as each song plays and really helps link back to the title. Maybe something with a little grit could appeal more to the more aggressive listener, but the selection here is outstanding.

The lyricism is excellent with Big Boi utilising his clever rhymes with a fast flow to create interesting and enjoyable performances on each song. It could be argued that the actual raps aren’t overly complex and could be more intricate, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t effective and impactful. Something slower may show a more complete balance of skills, but Big Boi only does good work on this project.

The features all help to lift this to new heights as they each put in great performances. Everyone does some of their best work on this album and none feel out of place. Maybe something a little further from the comfort zone of Hip Hop would make more interesting moments, but the guests on this help keep things feeling fresh.

Overall, BOOMIVERSE is a success and is definitely worth a spin. Big Boi should continue to explore his musical skills like this and expand his repertoire of artists he has worked with, as he has done here.

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Lizzo – Big GRRRL Small World Review

This album is a step forward as well as a step back for female emcees as Lizzo shows her considerable skill but while not using it to push female emcees into the forefront of Hip Hop. This would have taken it from great to incredible.

The production is fantastic with a lot of energy and bounce that helps make this project listenable. Each song has a similar sound that carries through that helps Lizzo to make a cohesive project. Maybe some slower and more sombre tracks could have made a more balanced project but this is still a great listen.

The lyricism is good to keep purists happy but the delivery and performance really eccentuate the rhymes. While some techniques are used to build up the impact of the raps, the way she puts them across with her aggressive tone really adds to the tracks. Some more lyrical devices would be great but she does well on this project to show what she is capable of.

Overall, this is a fun project that shows what Lizzo is capable of without the need for features to hold it up. Lizzo should be happy with how this project has turned out.

Big K.R.I.T – All My Life Review

This album has a lot of what K.R.I.T has done before but with renewed vidor and energy. While there are a lot of comparison to previous projects, there are definately some fresher attempts to make the songs appealing to listeners.

The production is great with a lot of more traditional instruements  used to give this a smoother ride and more of an easy listening appeal. There are plenty of good beats for K.R.I.T to use with plenty of scope for content. Maybe some more varied backings could show more of a universal appeal for K.R.I.T but he does well over what he has chosen here/

The lyricism is good but does not seem as complex as it could be. It does not seem like the actual rhymes had too much thought and the focus is on the message which gets lost in the production. Some more focus on lyrical complexity could go a long way.

The features do well in adding another dimension to the project. Each bring s aoog verse to the projhect but does not propel the track they are on as intended. Maybe some more varied styles of rapper could have created some more interesting moments.

Overall, this project has some great moments but they are few and far between. K.R.I.T may need ot look into changing his formula if he wants to bring in a larger audiance.

Big Grams – Big Grams Review

This project is great as it brings a lot of different aspects to the table. Big Boi bringing his veteran status while Phantogram utilise thie great production and vocals to swirl into a lot of great moments.

The production is amazing with a lot of unique sounds and patterns to show that both Phantogram can play instruments as well as craft a smooth sound. the beats are refreshing with the use of conventional instruments instead of machines that help lift the project to new hieghts.

The lyricism is good with Big Boi doing his thing, and doing it well, while Phantogram use thier singing to add another dimension to the songs. The combination of rapping and singing blends together to make tracks that everyone can enjoy.

The features are good and help bring Phantogram’s skills further into the rap game. While Run The Jewels use thier rhymes to add more layers to thier tracks and Skrillex brings his unique backing to show what they can do over the top. For the length of project, this level of guests is perfect.

Overall, this is a good project for Hip Hop and a great project for Big Grams. This is a good landmark for Big Boi and it helps to put Phantogram on the map for rappers.

Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise Review

This is a good project for lyricism andbeats, but Big Sean’s delivery can become monotonous if you listen to it for a lengthy amount of time. However the high level of diversity when it comes to features and beats helps make this an enjoyable listen.

The production is excellent with a high level of quality and range. Each track is different from the one before and fits with the content of each song very well. Some could argue that there is not a lot of slower tracks or not a lot of emotional tracks in comparison to the number of songs on the project, but there is a lot of energy throughout the album so you tend not to notice too much.

The lyricism is good and above average, if let down by Sean’s delivery. The way the rhymes are put together is very clever and entertaining to listen to. The patterns used and the schemes involved are intricate and complex enough to attract that audiance in Hip Hop. However the performance from Big Sean does not have a lot of variation and instead seems to drone on in a way that makes it difficult to really get into the lyricism.

The features are also good as they help bring the variation to the project that Big Sean fails to bring. Eaxch is different to Sean in either style or delivery. Even a change in pitch or vocal tone helps to make the album more enjoyable overall.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project due to the energy and lyricism involved but the lack of forward moving when it comes to Sean’s performance holds this album back. While this can be a problem, the general project is very good and of very high quality, to be enjoyed by almost any fan of Hip Hop.

Mike Will Made It – Ransom Review

from a production point of view, this is a good mixtape, but the combination of featured artists and its tending for the tracks to lack any real flare. The artists lack the touch that makes each track want to be listened to and instead there is a string of mediocre songs that make up a majority of a twenty track project.

The production is fantastic and is the best part of the project. As Mike is a producer then this is a great point and the standard doesn’t drop below very good. The beats also have a signature sound that helps Mike stand out against other producers. However with the features on the tracks don’t totally do justice to the quality of the production.

The features are alright overall, but some are clearly not as good as some others. The more high calibre features do very well crafting superior tracks that have great energy and atmosphere. Unfortunately these are few and far between and there are more tracks to play through than to get excited by. This cuases a boring listen for anyone interested in lyricism and Mike may need to be a bit more careful of who he lets on his projects.

Overall, this has a few good tracks but has a lot of other tracks to shift through before you can pick them out. If the project had been cut a bit shorter and been more cohesive then it would have been a better mixtape. As it stands it is too long and too much hard work.

Big Gipp – Mr Get Down Review

This is a classic down south mixtape. Gipp does well to get back to the raw sound of south Hip Hop and bringing that back. He slips a bit from the south sound nearer the end of the project but it is very southern overall and a very good mixtape.

The production is good and works well with Big Gipp’s style. His flow works well with gritty, street beats and the beats in question are just that. They are very atmospheric and can only work well with specific kinds of content. Fortunately Big Gipp nails the content for each of the tracks styles which creates a cohesive project.

The lyricism is alright but not overly lyrical so wont attract that audience of Hip Hop listeners. There is some lyricism but Gipp uses mostly entertainment based lyrics to tell a story or to simply raise the heart rate and keep the song interesting. Either way it may not be the most polished of lyrics but it is entertaining to listen to and will keep your attention.

The features are excellent. The second track has by far the best feature, as Biggie helps create a great track. The other features are good and ad to their tracks, but it is good to see that most of the project is just Gipp being Gipp as it helps to show that he is still a great rapper.

Overall, this is a great project for Big Gipp and is a good sign for his return. Whether with Goodie Mob, Ali or by himself, Big Gipp has shown that he is a southern force to be reckoned with and will continue to be so.