Bone Thugs (Bizzy Bone & Krayzie Bone) – New Waves Review

This release is amazing and is a great way to show how artists have been around for a while can transition into a more modern sound. This duo have done a fantastic job of taking their experiences and applying it to the recent sounds of Hip Hop.

The production is great with a lot of diverse beats to work with to show that the artists can work with a range of different styles. Each one is strong and has its own presence while not taking over the track entirely. There are no issues with this selection as it achieves the objective superbly.

The lyricism is good and the delivery really helps give it another dimension. Both Bizzy Bone and Krayzie Bone have great verses and the singing adds depth to the project as well. There are no issues except maybe to try and put a little more impact into their bars.

The features are fantastic and help add additional perspectives to this album. All of them do a great job of showing their own skills while also building on the point of the song they are on. With the diversity from the main artists, the guests are just as versatile and really help flesh out the project.

Overall, this is definitely an interesting listen to see how the artists are moving forward with the times and are not stuck in a rut, making formulaic music. Let us hope that all the members of the group can come together for more than one song and create a whole album along these lines.


Tech N9NE – The Storm Review

This is a lengthy release from Tech, but each song is entertaining. They might not all work as a full album listen through, but individually, these are good songs.

The production is great with plenty of energy keeping the album buzzing. Each beat makes a great atmosphere for the type of song which helps keep the listener interested. Maybe a few more slow tracks could give more of a balanced feel, but it may not fit with Tech’s particular style.

The lyricism is fantastic with some of the best wordplay this year. Tech bends words to his will as he crafts bar full of multi-syllable schemes as well as every other lyrical device. His flow may be a little fast for everyone, but it makes very entertaining tracks.

The features are good as they help keep tracks fresh considering how long this project is. Each puts in a great effort that shows the chemistry that the Strange Music roster has with each other. There is a good balance of rap and singing, but a few more artists who are singers could give a little more depth.

Overall, this is a good release from Tech N9NE but it is not as cohesive as his previous albums. While he does more than good work on this, a bit more direction could ave stream lined this a bit more.

Bizzy Crook – Coming to America Review

This is a nice project but lacks the flair to make it a great one. A lot of it is on the soft side of Hip Hop and could do with more aggression to give more energy and fuel to pump this mixtape up.

The production is good and blends well together without losing the borders on each track. The beats are smooth where they need to be and jarring in places where it should be, which leads to a cohesive backing that gives Bizzy Crook plenty of room to manoeuvre when it comes to his lyrics.

The lyricism is good and entertaining but could do with more technical aspects. The story telling portion of his skills are good but he could include more wordplay and other rap techniques to help keep his appeal more open to a wider audience in Hip Hop. This would bring him more to the mainstream and make him more of a success.

The features, or feature in this case, are alright but doesn’t add enough to the track he is on to improve it. In fact, his particular flow compared with Bizzy actually shows that Bizzy is the better rapper and helps show that he is above average.

Overall, this is a good mixtape but wont blow the listener out the water. It has some shining aspects that make it slightly above average, but it isn’t a contender for mixtape of the year.