Young Thug – Barter 6 Review

This project is an enjoyable listen but can become stale as the content seems to stay within a small zone. There is no attempt at improving what Thug brings to the table and his crooning can sometimes get in the way of his actual raps.

The production is good if you like slower beats in comparison to what a lot of lyricists are using recently. They are also very smooth and laid back in general, with some stranger and more experimental tracks spaced out in the play through. Maybe some more tracks that could have more of a radio friendly theme would help promote Young Thug to those less involved in Hip Hop culture but the beats on this are well chosen for Thug’s style.

The lyrics are alright and Thug’s signature delivery help to increase how enjoyable they are, but they are not overly lyrical. While they are average and Thug is certainly no slouch, a more lyrical acrobatic approach could bring in a larger audiance.

The features do a great job of adding some more diversity to this album. Each of them bring in good effort and verses that seem to add competition to the tracks they are on. Young Thug may want to try some more features that are more known to the general public to increase his profile, but the features on here all try hard at the very least.

Overall, this is a enjoyable listen, although it may take some acclimatising, and Young Thug does a good job on the tracks. The main problem is his history with a particular Hip Hop Icon and his choice of title. These may not sit well with the Hip Hop community at large.

Juvenile – Mardi Gras 2 Review

This is an enjoyable project with a lot of high tempo music but without much real substance, it can lose a lot of its flavour. Energy helps make a project but it does not make it alone.

The production is excellent and helps to add additional flavour to every song. It has a lot of energy that helps the mixtape seem more enjoyable. However, the songs don’t have a lot of replay value apart from the odd one or two. While Juvenile does a good job over the top of the beats, the energy by itself is not enough to make them great.

The lyricism is alright but nothing crazy. Juvenile does have spots of wordplay and other rap devices that shine bright through the rest of his mediocre rhyming but it is not enough to make a song great. His delivery is what tips it to the edge of greatness.

The features are good and help to diversify the tracks they are on which helps improve the project overall. Each guest puts in a good effort, even if some don’t quite pull off great verses. If some of the same people weren’t repeatedly used, that may have improved the mixtape even more as it wouldn’t be using those people as a crutch.

Overall, this is an interesting and enjoyable mixtape that does not live up to the festival it is named after but is worth a spin or two. Juvenile may need to look at where his career is heading if he continues to make projects like this however.

Jae Millz – For The Win EP Review

This is a short and cohesive project from a rapper the world is waiting to hear a studio album from. Millz does very well to keep this to a theme and to craft tracks around it while keeping it very entertaining and enjoyable.

The production is good while fitting with the atmosphere on each track. The feel of each beat works very well with the message of each track and is kept to a god length so as not to become boring. With a short project like this, that is a crucial feature to making it a great project instead of a mediocre one.

The lyricism is good with Jae using his old battle rapper days to help build his skills in rap to help make his imagery more vivid and enjoyable. The wordplay is very strong and distinctive with Jae’s delivery boosting the impact of the bars on the listener, it helps to make the tracks even more enjoyable.

The features are very good and help show that Jae Millz does very well when mixed with others on a track. Both Styles P and Dave East do great at helping Jae make one great track on this short project thatis very cohesive and blends well with the rest of the project.

Overall, this is a great listen and is a good effort from Jae Millz but he needs to start working on a full studio album. This is another good showcase of what Jae is capable of and it is about time that he releases a feature length project that will get his name into households everywhere.