This release shows that despite any health issues, Freeway can still make quality music. He has kept everything that made him a great rapper and improves upon any weaknesses he may have had.
The production is amazing, with some classic offerings blending in with some more modern beats. Each backing accurately reflects the content and message of the lyrics and helps build a cohesive and fluid listening experience. Maybe a few more times on more pop beats will help Freeway be a little more comfortable on the tracks, since he doesn’t sound perfectly at home, but this is still a great selection here.
The lyricism is fantastic with Freeway utilizing his strong delivery to help the impact of his rhymes. There is strong wordplay that really helps with the descriptive aspect of the project. There are no issues with Freeway’s performance here as he even plays a little with his flow.
The features are, on paper, strong choices. However while some pull of great performances and show how clever their rhymes can be, others let the opportunity slide and give less than average verses. Hopefully Freeway will take this experience and not play to what he thinks the audience will enjoy, and make what he thinks is great music.
Overall, this is a great release from a veteran of the rap game. Moving forward, hopefully he can continue to have output like this and make records for real hip hop heads to enjoy.
This debut was worth waiting for. Cyhi The Prynce has spent a long time working on his craft and it is clear on this release.
The production is fantastic with a lot of backings that don’t overpower the artists on the tracks. Each fits the tone of the songs as well as being a strong atmosphere for the message being sent. Some more offerings with more of a club feel could give more for the general populace, but may not be in keeping with the project that Cyhi is trying to put out.
The lyricism is exceptional with Cyhi showing the talent that made the industry sit up and take notice. His lyrics are full of clever references and other great lyrical devices that embellish his storytelling with plenty of description. Possibly some more changes in flow could show a little more of what Cyhi is capable of, but his delivery is incredible on these tracks regardless.
The features are good and help to stop one voice becoming monotonous. Each shows their own skills while having great chemistry with Cyhi. There is a good range of different guests on here and it will be interesting to see who he chooses to work with in the future.
Overall, this is a very interesting listen with many thought provoking moments, The only issue is that the songs are possibly too long and can make a full listen through a bit of a struggle but Cyhi The Prynce has a great debut here and deserves a try from everyone.
This project is a statement about the state of America for Black people in the country. It also has a wider message as other minorities will recognise the oppression that Common raps about and relate to it.
The production is smooth and while not being aggressive, reflects how Common feels about the message of each song. It all flows together beautifully with each cohesive song becoming the next effortlessly but with a definite break. With the politically charged nature of this album, the production works beautifully.
The lyricism is smart with Common making poignant comments and striking remarks in his rhymes about a subject close to his heart. He pours his emotions into what he is saying and you can tell he truly believes what he is rapping. There are no issues with Common’s performance at all.
The features do a great job of reinforcing what Common is saying and helping to keep the political message fresh. Each shows talent and works very well within the confines of the theme which helps keep the message clear. For this to work at its best, Common has chosen some of the best guests to make this project great.
Overall, this is a really amazing album with a beyond strong signal to America and the world. Common should be commended for his work here and will hopefully keep campaigning for equality among the human race.
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.
This mixtape shows that Busta Rhymes is still making great music that helped raised his profile in the first place. Without Q-Tip to help, he carries more of the burden and excels while doing so.
The production is good as it works well with Busta Rhymes style Each beat has its own feel and atmosphere which helps show the variation that Busta can work with. Maybe a few more slowed down tracks could show a higher level of diversity but the backing selection on this is fantastic overall.
The lyricism is fast paced, rapid fire and full of multi schemes. Busta shows that he has not slowed down over time and keeps his rhymes coming with barely a breath in between bars. A few different techniques could show more growth as an artist, but Rhymes has done a great job keeping his level so high after all these years.
The features all do a good job too as they show thier own skills as well as filling out the project with fresh voices. Each has a good verse which helps keep the entertainment high and keeps the project cohesive. Some singers could have had an interesting effect, but the selection on here is great.
Overall, this project is great fun to listen to and keeps Busta Rhymes in the public light. He shows his talent and shows plans to keep his momentum going.
This is a great album as it is laid back while being upbeat enough to stay interesting. Casey Veggies makes an interesting set of tracks that will appeal to a lot of listeners.
The production is great with many dimensions that make each track very enthralling. The beats have a wessst coast feel but with a few more intricate parts to keep the interest up. There are no problems with the selection on this project, but Casey may want to try some different backings in the future to show he can work with more of a variety.
The lyricism is good and makes the verses stand out. Casey Veggies uses a range of lyrical devices to keep his rhymes interesting while showing how he has grown in the industry. Again, there are no real issues with this but some experimentation with flows could show how Casey is still looking to grow further.
The features do a good job of showing how Casey works with others, which all works very well. Each guest has a good verse and makes this much more cohesive as a project. Some features that sing or that are from a different genre could make some more exciting moments, but Casey picked some good poeple to be on this album.
Overall, this album is great to listen to, has plenty of replay value and is a good showcase for Casey Veggies. He is a talented artist with a bright future.
This album is crafted to perfection and Dr Dre has made a fantastic listening experiance. It may not be for everyone, but fans of real Hip Hop will adore what has been made here.
The production is flawless with easy transitions and the tracks have an atmosphere that fits perfectly with what they are trying to perpetrate. The beats are smooth and cohesive, allowing the story of Compton to flow easily to the listener. There are no issues with this selection and there should not be with Dr Dre being as talented as he is.
The lyricism is great as it ranges from incredibly intricate to passionate and emotional. While Dr Dre openly admits to not writing all his rhymes, his delivery and the power he puts behind them really land the meaning deep with a lot of impact. For some of the audiance, the fact Dr Dre did not write all of it could tarnish it for them, however he conducts his feelings through them accurately and powerfully.
The features are a huge part of this projectand help to make this a milestone in the rap game. There are a core group who appear repetively and consistently put a lot of effort and pleasure into the tracklist. The other guests all do a really excellent job of putting across thier feeling of genorosity towards how Dre has shaped thier career and that translates into thier rhymes. There were absolutely no problems with the feature selection here.
Overall, Dr Dre has once again shown that his level of ability and experiance in Hip Hop have allowed him to make a really amazing album. It may not be Detox, but from what the public have heard, this is much more personnal.
This album has a lot of elements to take the listener back to a different time in Hip Hop. If it wasn’t for the topical content, this could have been a ninties project.
The production is very laidback and eases in the listener to the whole experiance. It is easy listening for the most part with a few sharper moments that lend itself to the more politically inclined lyrics. A few more beats with a modern feel could show that Slum Village accepts the modern era of Hip Hop, but thier beat selection fits extremely well with thier style.
The lyricism is strong and flows through the whole project. Every member does a great job layering thier rhymes to help with the imagery as well as the rhythem of the tracks. There are very few improvement to be made of thier individual performances.
The features all add to the feel of the tracks and build up the lyrical repetoire. All of them add good verses and have a great deal of chemistry with the group. A few features with more of a presence in Hip Hop could help attract a few new listeners, however Slum Village have selected thier guests well.
Overall, this is a good kickback album with a lot of good points and no clear bad ones. All of Slum Village should be proud of keeping thier sound all these years.
This is a great project with a lot of range in content and the audiance it may appeal to. Skeme shows that he can make songs for almost any Hip Hop listener and that he can do it well.
The production is excellent and blends well with Skeme’s style of rap. The beats are diverse with a fair amount of style variation and can be distinguished from one another easily. It is possible that Skeme should try a few backings with more of a mainstream feel, but may not want to compromise his integrity to gain more fame.
The lyricism is also good with Skeme stepping up his currant skills with more wordplay. Every bar seems to contain a rap technique that helps with the imagery and really boost how Skeme is coming along as an artist. He could still try changing his flow up a bit on songs for a touch more impact but he is definitely improving and making good rhymes.
The features are all good and show a great range of people that Skeme can work with. All the guests bring good verses that really boost the tracks and make the project more cohesive. There are no wrong choices with these guests and they all work together well.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable mixtape that shows many sides of Skeme. He does well to craft such varied rhymes and should be commended on his work ethic.
This is a fantastic album reminiscent of Nas as Fashawn takes a narrative stance throughout the project and creates a great feeling of education through enjoyment of the music. If he stays on a role like this, Fashawn could have a great Hip Hop career.
The production is great and has a wide range that allows Fashawn to explore a large variety of songs and emotions. Energy levels rise and dip appropriately with how the listener should be feeling and helps to create a very cohesive listening experiance. There is not a whole lot that can be critiscised about the beats on thois project as it is clear that Fashawn has a great ear for these things.
The lyricism us clever and enticing to listen to. The wordplay and other lyrical techniques weave a colourful tapestry of imagery that draws you in and really helps to show that Fashawn should be ranked amoung the top lyricists. Again, there is not a whole lot to criticise. Possibly, some more positive tracks could be thrown in but that is pretty much it.
The features are also enjoyable and show how well Fashawn’s style blends with others to create great tracks. A combination of big names and people he has good chemistry with helps to make some great guest verses and some standout tracks. Maybe some more experimental features would better showcase Fashawn’s rapping ability but his choices here are all good choices.
Overall, this is an enjoyable project as well as educational to the listener. Fashawn does a great job putting this album together and if it is an indicator of things to come, he could have a very successful future in the rap game.