This is an amazing EP released by one of the top lyricists out there. After his impressive ten minute freestyle, people have been craving more from this artist and this is as good as it gets.
The production, handled by 9th Wonder and the Soul Council, is incredible. There is plenty of variation and distinct sounds to make each beat stand out. Sometimes the beats are a little too strong and override the lyrics a little, but all of these backings could be used as instrumentals and still be a success.
The lyricism is, as expected, amazing. Black Thought is renowned for clever lines and he packs all of these songs with bars. Considering the messages throughout the release, this is no easy feat and Black Thought weaves through the wordplay masterfully.
The features all do a great job of showing their own skills while keeping the project cohesive. All three show good chemistry with Black Thought and assist in making the EP flow freely. It is also impressive that they all work with the content so well and can add their own experiences as well.
Overall, audiences everywhere are hoping that this EP is just a taste of what is to come, as the title suggests there are more volumes coming. Black Thought will hopefully take this momentum and continue to put out music that the world wants to hear.
This version of the album is great with all the greatness of the first outing with the addition of extra tracks that take nothing away from the original ones. The great chemistry between the duo continues on all four extra songs.
The production is all as great as it was before with the additional tracks only boosting the cohesiveness of the project overall. The extra songs all still have thier amazing drive and cuts, while the new ones do a really good job of showing that they have even more greatness in the vault. There are no problems with the beat selection on this.
The lyricism is still fantastic with Royce showing his level of consistency on the new tracks. He does not dip for a second and his unique flow help give him the edge over a lot of formulaic rappers out there right now. There are still no problems with what Royce is showing on these tracks.
The features all do a great job fleshing out this album and the extra tracks have the same thing. Each of the guests does a great job of pushing the track onward to further greatness and the comparison to Royce works wonders to boost ability. Some singers could have shown more sides of the duo, but thier selection of people to work with is fantastic.
Overall, this has all the greatness of the original but with the extras on here, it propels it further to stardom. Congratulations on taking something amazing and making it even better.
This album is great if you like a darker side of rap music with the raw power that Gibbs can provide. He uses his skills to craft an album that lives in the shadows with few skirmishes to anything sunny.
The production is good with the right atmosphere for the message of the track. There are a lot of dark sounds and noises that help lend itself to wards the album title and help make the project feel cohesive with the theme. With the aim of the album in mind, there are no real issues with the beat selection on this.
The lyricism is great with Freddie Gibbs using a rapid flow to cram in his lyrical genius. He uses a lot of different techniques to keep his rhymes sh and interesting. Maybe a few more changes in delivery could have made for some more memorable moments but there are no real issues with his efforts on this album.
The features do a good job of having a point of comparison for Gibbs and making him push himself. Each has a good performance that shows that they have what it takes to be a good rapper as well. Maybe some singing guests could have shown that Gibbs can work with more than one type of musician, but it is difficult to show where they would fit in this project.
Overall, this is a great album if you enjoy the darker side of rap and personal struggles. Freddie Gibbs does well to make a project that is dark and entertaining.
This is a great album for the more emotional listener who enjoys those connections to the artist. Skyzoo forges that connection early in the first track and rides it all the way through the project to make it seem like your there with him.
The production is good with plenty of scope for Skyzoo to pour his soul in. There are mostly more layed back beats with a few more uptempo moments which allow for the more emotional moments that Skyzoo requires for the theme. A couple more energetic songs could have made a project more accessible for the masses, but this intimate album is great for real Hip Hop listeners.
The lyricism is great with above average wordplay and fantastic imagery. This all helps to bring the listener into the stories and makes the collection of feelings and tales into more of a journey. Taking this lyrical ability to more universal offerings would make Skyzoo a wider known rapper, but to be able to tell these stories in such depth are great.
The features are good, helping with the story telling aspect. The cohesive nature of the guests makes the tracks all flow together and make the album smooth and not jarred together. A few more guests with more ofa singing ability could add an extra dimension to the album, but there are no problems with the selection.
Overall, this is a good project if your willing to delve into the emotional pool that Skyzoo puts forth. What he has on here, he has crafted very well and should look at making more tracks like this.