Zothejerk And Frost Gamble – Black Beach Review

This release is another high quality product from a lesser known artist who proves that everyone has a vision. With Zo providing vocals and Gamble doing solid work behind the boards, this is worth a few spins.

The production is great with a good amount of variation, as well as smoother sounds, to allow for a variation in content from the appearing artists. Frost Gamble does well in creating atmosphere and boosting the impact of the lyrics. Maybe something with a little more pop flash could bring in more listeners, but that might not be in the vision of this project.

The lyricism is good, with Zo having some clever rhymes and messages to send to the public. His shout rap delivery sounds generic at first, but as the songs go on, he utilises it well with changes in pace and flow to help keep the songs interesting. There are no major issues here, but it could be difficult to have longevity with this particular style.

The features do a great job of lifting this project up to another level. With some big names included on the selection, each has a fantastic verse and/or chorus that works well with the main duo. Maybe a few singers would add a little more diversity, but this is still a strong bunch of artists to work with.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable album with some poignant messages as well as some more entertaining songs that will appeal to a wide audiance. You may not have heard of these names before, but take a chance on this and you wont regret it.

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Kodak Black – Painting Pictures Review

This release feels a little lazy and not as adult as it should have. The cover art is a good depiction of how this plays out, with a child’s view of themselves but without the finesse to make it work for the people viewing it.

The production is good, but nothing really stands out. The beats are all solid with a lot of potential, but they don’t leap out as the elite quality that is hoped for. Maybe something outside of Kodak Black’s comfort zone could help push him towards greatness.

The lyricism is alright, but gets very boring very quickly. Kodak Black sounds lazy through a lot of this and, even if that is the desired effect, the wordplay is not good enough to carry it along. More effort on both parts would help lift this album out of the murkiness that is the average.

The features are one of the strongest elements on this. With some top level guests, the verses and hooks provided are all of good substance and show that maybe Kodak Black is not as good as he might think. Looking to compete with his features more might make Kodak Black perform a little better.

Overall, this release was a bit of a let down and the title describes what the other children were doing. That may seem harsh, but a lot was expected of this album and it did not deliver.

Black Milk And Nat Turner – Sunday Outtakes Review

This release is an instrumental collection of six small tracks that are somewhere between easy listening jazz and scattered sounds. There is a song for every occasion, but it is not as cohesive as one might wish it to be.

The actual beats are sporadic in length and in goal. Each one is different from the others but for some that means they are smooth and others are a variety of noise and sounds that accompany the title of improvised jazz. While that could be what they were going for, it breaks up the cohesiveness of the album.

Some attempts at lyricism may have helped to save that cohesiveness, but might not have created the project the artists wanted to make. The title suggests that these are not the beats they wanted for a full length release but were good enough to see the light of day. Hopefully they are working on something in the future that will have words to pull it together.

Overall, this release is hopefully a taster of things to come, but with some more substance. Both Black Milk and Nat Turner should learn from this release and power on to a full length release, but please have lyrics in it.

Common – Black America Again Review

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.

Rick Ross – Black Market Review

This album shows both the strengths and weaknesses of Rick Ross. The songs tend to have good verses but the hooks really lack the flair to carry the song home.

The production is good with the atmosphere of each track being captured perfectly. There is plenty of energy running through the whole album and even the sombre moments having a certain bounce to them. Maybe some more traditional sounds could show that Ross has not forgotten how music has evolved but there are no real issues with the beat selection.

The lyricism is alright in the verses with most of the effort going into the delivery. While some of the hooks are ok, they tend to be the ones with features doing them. With more creativity going into the hooks and some more attempts at lyrical devices to up his rhymes, Ross could stop being considered the bottom of the top and start climbing some more.

The features do a good job of giving comparison points for Ross. Each on thier own does a great job of thier part while also helping to make thier tracks more cohesive with the rest of the project. There is a good balance of rappers to singers and the features may be one of the best points on this album.

Overall, this is a good album for those who like Ross but it can be difficult to sit through with the hooks being so plain. Creativity is needed in music.

Rick Ross – Black Dollar Review

This mixtape is a better project than his last album was. It has better hymes, beats and level of cohesiveness which shows an odd amount of concentration for Ross to be exhibiting.

The production is good with plenty of scope. There are interesting sounds and patterns used to make beats to encapture the listener and keeps the listen through sounding enjoyable. Some beats out of his comfort zone could have inspired even more interesting moments, but Ross works well with what he picks here.

The lyricism is not complicated or complex, but contains enough relevant and pertenant information that they can be entertaining when listened to. The content is what drives this along with above average delivery. Some attempts to try new things could show that Ross can evolve outside his comfort zone, but he sticks to what works for him to make music.

The features all help to increase the cohesiveness of this mixtape. They put in a lot of effort and on thier tracks that seems to push Ross to try harder as well. Some guests from further away from his comfort zone could make some more interesting tracks, but the poeple on here work well with Ross.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project that won’t be fun for everyone, but does show growth from Ross in his content. He just needs to try a few more new things.

Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too Review

This is an interesting listen as it is unconventional in almost every way, from title to beats to vocals. This may not be strictly Hip Hop but it can be entertaining if viewed through the right lens.

The production is certainly different and utilises a lot of noises and sounds that are very strange and out of place until combined together in these tracks. A lot of the songs could be jarring except that the chemistry with the vocals helps make these songs enjoyable, even if they have limited replay ability. It’s possible that some less experimental tracks could show some more vocal talent instead of strangeness, but the beats can still be enjoyed on this project.

The lyricism is strange because of the infrequent verses throughout the album. The lyrics don’t really stand out against the backing beat and the wordplay is not very complex. With some improvements on the delivery and complexity of the lyrics, this would be a better album.

Overall, this is an experimental project that is enjoyable the first time through but loses a lot of its appeal after that point. Young Fathers may need to look into how they put a song together to help them become a stronger force.