Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 Review

This project is somewhat laid back but still engaging. This would be easy to stick on and listen to anywhere.

The production is entertaining with plenty of space for Bronson to manouvre and find his rhythm. Each song is individual with the skits in between a lot of songs helping to keep them from running together. Maybe something with a faster pace could help keep the level of energy up, but this still works well together.

The lyricism is clever with the delivery really helping to add to the performance overall. There are a few different devices used to keep the lyrics smart and entertaining. A change in flow could show more of a drive to experiment with new styles, but Action Bronson knows what works for him and executes it very well on this project.

The features do a great job of helping to flesh out this project and stopping Bronson’s voice from getting repetitive. Each does a great job of showing thier own skills while building up the track they are on. Some more singers and others further from the rap game could have created some more experimental tracks, but the guests on here are still very effective.

Overall, this may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy it, they will enjoy it a lot. Action Bronson has made a great project that will resonate with some for a while to come.

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AD – Blue: 89 Review

This is a project deeply entwined in West Coast Hip Hop with many influences of the Hip Hop zone showing through, but with enough of AD doing his own thing to make it his own. However his variation in his delivery can upset the enjoyment of some songs.

The production is excellent and reflects AD’s origins and track message very well. The beats all have their own feel and the way the project is structured gives a great balance of aggression and softer stuff. Possibly some more beats from further afield may have shown AD can work with different types of producer but what he has selected for this project is really fantastic.

The lyricism is good and helps carry the project. AD does a good job to make his lyrics a bit more complex than street level, but it is not elite level by far. However, the way his wordplay flows and his varied delivery help make each track more interesting. Maybe some more complicated schemes and other rap devices could improve these songs, but with his signature style being what it is, it may not improve them by a huge amount.

The features are also good and help to show that AD can work well with a certain group of rappers, that group being from where he is from. Each writes a good verse and adds a bit of extra flavour to each track, however seem to be very much in the same lane as AD. Some features that show AD can also work with people from a different coast could have shown more of a balance, but these features are very entertaining.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen and a great effort by AD. He does very well to keep his individuality while making tracks it is easy to bump to and should start looking to move forward with his rap career by making more projects like this.

Peewee Longway – The Blue M&M Vol 2 (King Size) Review

This is an enjoyable listen if you are already familiar with Peewee Longway and his particular rap style, but it could be difficult for this mixtape to bring in many more listeners for the rapper. The begining sets the tone for the majority but there are some more interesting tracks at the end if you can make it that far.

The production is a touch bland in places but is alright overall. Some tracks require Longway to carry them along with his rapping and have no substance of thier own which can lead to a very repetitive listen. With some more solid production to go with instead of trying to carry each song based solely on your own talent, this project could have had some more replay ability.

The lyricism is poor and Longway relies heavily on delivery and features for each song to be enjoyable. The only problem with that is his delivery can become stale after a while because he tends to use one vocal tone and creates a monotone listening experiance. If you are looking to carry every song on rap alone, you need to make sure you can pull it off.

The features are good and help bring a level of diversity that the project sorely needs. Each puts in a good verse and, while being in the same vein as Peewee Longway, sounds different and helps the track they are on become easier to listen to as a result. Some guests a bit further afield from his comfort zone may create an easier to listen to but these features add a lot to this project.

Overall, this is not a great effort from Peewee Longway but it can be enjoyable to people who enjoy formulaic and generic sounding songs, but not many others. He needs to try and seperate himself from the rest of the pack and not simply making more music that almost anyone else could have made.

Juicy J – Blue Dream and Lean 2 Review

This is an enjoyable project if you are the target audience of stoners, If you do not fall in that category however, this may be a repetitive project that may be difficult to hear all the way through.

The production is classic Juicy J and is exactly what you expect to hear on one of his projects. The bass is in heavy use throughout the project and there is no big melodies that play on almost any track. With some more variation and experimentation outside this single track formula, this may have a wider audience.

The lyricism is nothing special as yet another content driven project comes to light. With your typical tracks about drugs, women and money come together, with one offering about the recent shootings of young black men, these songs may have been made by almost anyone. It is Juicy J’s flow and cadence that makes this remotely interesting to listen to.

The features are good, with exception of Project Pat, and put in some good efforts for the most part. Pat is the anomaly because he is so very like Juicy J in the first place that when finding Juicy repetitive, it simply comes across as more of the same. However the rest of the features out in great work and diversify the project to a more enjoyable level.

Overall, this is a good project for stoners to listen to, but if you are looking for something refreshing to listen to, this is not it. Juicy may need to try a new angle or fresh approach if he wants to keep expanding his fan base.