Big Boi – BOOMIVERSE Review

This is a great release from Big Boi as it is smooth and does encompass every listener with one play through. Something for everyone and high levels of cohesion have built this up into a top quality product.

The production is fantastic as each beat is strong and can stand on its own, while leaving room for the artists to work and not encroach on their space. You also get the feeling of outer space and the expanse as each song plays and really helps link back to the title. Maybe something with a little grit could appeal more to the more aggressive listener, but the selection here is outstanding.

The lyricism is excellent with Big Boi utilising his clever rhymes with a fast flow to create interesting and enjoyable performances on each song. It could be argued that the actual raps aren’t overly complex and could be more intricate, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t effective and impactful. Something slower may show a more complete balance of skills, but Big Boi only does good work on this project.

The features all help to lift this to new heights as they each put in great performances. Everyone does some of their best work on this album and none feel out of place. Maybe something a little further from the comfort zone of Hip Hop would make more interesting moments, but the guests on this help keep things feeling fresh.

Overall, BOOMIVERSE is a success and is definitely worth a spin. Big Boi should continue to explore his musical skills like this and expand his repertoire of artists he has worked with, as he has done here.

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Big Grams – Big Grams Review

This project is great as it brings a lot of different aspects to the table. Big Boi bringing his veteran status while Phantogram utilise thie great production and vocals to swirl into a lot of great moments.

The production is amazing with a lot of unique sounds and patterns to show that both Phantogram can play instruments as well as craft a smooth sound. the beats are refreshing with the use of conventional instruments instead of machines that help lift the project to new hieghts.

The lyricism is good with Big Boi doing his thing, and doing it well, while Phantogram use thier singing to add another dimension to the songs. The combination of rapping and singing blends together to make tracks that everyone can enjoy.

The features are good and help bring Phantogram’s skills further into the rap game. While Run The Jewels use thier rhymes to add more layers to thier tracks and Skrillex brings his unique backing to show what they can do over the top. For the length of project, this level of guests is perfect.

Overall, this is a good project for Hip Hop and a great project for Big Grams. This is a good landmark for Big Boi and it helps to put Phantogram on the map for rappers.