Bonkaz – Quality Control 2.0 Review

This is a solid release from Bonkaz with a good range of songs, but with quite a few rough edges. While Bonkaz shows some good skills, he doesn’t sound completely comfortable throughout.

The production is good with a safe amount of variety to help keep it fresh. With the strong UK influences, this is not totally cohesive because of the cutting between most of the songs. A little more easing in between tracks might help make this flow a little better.

The lyricism is great with Bonkaz showing a lot of clever lyricism as well as solid delivery. However he doesn’t sound like he totally fits in with the timing of the beats and can sometimes sound like he is struggling to keep up the rhythm. Maybe he should try staying at a slower pace and really hitting his mark instead of sounding out of place on the faster songs.

The features are entertaining and help add a lot to this project. The choice is great because he is bringing up his team with him and helping them get their name out into the public. There is a good balance of singing and rapping, but maybe adding a few more higher profile rappers would help show that Bonkaz can rap with the higher tiers.

Overall, this is a good showing of what Bonkaz is capable of, as well as highlighting a few areas he may want to look at. Bonkaz should use this as motivation towards his next album.

AJ Tracy – Lil Tracy EP Review

This EP is a good showing of the talents that AJ Tracy possesses. He picks a good selection of beats as well as using his solid rhyming skills to keep his core audience wanting more.

The production is great with plenty of energy to keep the momentum pushing through all six tracks. They are each strong and could stand on their own without my assistance from other artists. Maybe trying something a little less grimey could show more diversity.

The lyricism is good with Tracey using his wordplay with his delivery for interesting results. The bars are fast paced and his unique tone helps keep his rhymes fresh. However, while repetition does help to make songs more memorable, more than maybe a couple lines used over and over to make one hook might make impact.

Overall, with the features doing well, this is a very good showing for AJ Tracey. He could experiment with a few other styles of rap music, but he knows what works for him and how to do it with great effectiveness.

Joe Grind – Grind Harder EP Review

This project is a good introduction to Joe Grind for those who haven’t heard him before and a small delve into his deeper self for those who do. However while showing that he is still working, it does sound like a little repetitive of other artists out there right now.

The production is good with plenty of thump to keep the listener engaged. Each beat creates the emotional atmosphere that Joe explores on a lot of these tracks but can override him in places. Maybe a few softer backings could bring a little more balance but Grind does a good job with what he selected here.

The lyricism is good and is effective at getting his message across. His delivery shows him as a definite London rapper but struggles to break free of the mould. Maybe a little more experimentation could help to increase his appeal to a wider audience. Also, for a five track EP, this had a fair few guests on it taking up room Grind could use to showcase himself more.

Overall, with the guests all doing a good job of their own contributions, this is a good EP from one of London’s own. It does show plenty of room for growth but also a drive and want to improve which should lead to great things in the future.

Tinie Tempah – Junk Food Review

This project has a lot of good chemistry between Tempah and the other artists featured on it. While the songs may not be of the absolute highest quality, they are all entertaining.

The production is grimes with plenty of energy flowing through it to keep the music bouncing. Each of the beats is individual and gives each song more of a personality of its own. Maybe some more universally pop like tracks could help to give this project a higher profile but the intimate nature of this project helps give it more of an impact.

The lyricism is good with Tinie Tempah showing the skills that first brought him to the limelight. He uses a range of techniques to dot his raps with clever wordplay that makes this a very enjoyable listen. Some changes in flow could show more diversity but Tempah does well on this.

The features all help pull this project together. The guests all have good verses and the range of vocal depth really makes this cohesive and an impressive array of stars like this shows a lot of connections in the rap world. A few more singers could add another dimension but there is no problem with the selection here.

Overall, this project has a lot of good elements about it, if you enjoy this area of Grime. If you prefer the more mainstream vibe, then this might not hit the exact Mark.