Royce Da 5’9 – Book Of Ryan Review

This album feels like a continuation into Royce’s life that he started on “Layers”. Full of emotions, stories and clever rhymes, this is a masterpiece of music.

The production is amazing. There is a lot of different beats on offer and all help add up to a cohesive listen. There are some missteps where some songs try to cater for specific times and/or places like the club, but it is not like they do not fit the message of the track still.

The lyricism is fantastic as Royce continues to flaunt his incredible ability. The wordplay is smart and adds a level of detail to the anecdotes and helps expand the messages of the songs to bigger proportions. There are no complaints about Royce’s performance on this project as it is this ability that has allowed him to continue despite a few problems earlier in his career.

The features are great and show how a combination of A-List and lesser known artists can come together and create great tracks. Each does astonishing work showing their own skills as well as building upon the work Royce has already put down. There is also a good blend of singing to rapping to help give an extra edge to the project.

Overall, this release is the project that Royce needed to capitalise off the momentum gained from his last releases. Including his work as various duos and groups, this is the peak of his rap career so far and it looks like he is only getting started.

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Prodigy – Hegelian Dialectic (The Book Of Revelation) Review

This release shows how Prodigy is aware of issues happening today as well as his own status and his position to help change it. Before his untimely death, this was a good album to end with, even if he didn’t mean it to be his last.

The production is great with plenty of different atmosphere’s, reflecting the content with ease. Each track feels individual and the skits work well to help bridge the gaps between each one. The is a great selection of beats on this and only missing something with some pop flare, which Prodigy would not have wanted to be particularly near in the first place.

The lyricism is sharp and poignant, with the unique delivery giving each bar extra impact. With so many messages woven into each rhyme, the level of description and story still involved is incredibly high and Prodigy makes every word land heavily with the listener. maybe trying something further out of his comfort zone could show a little more growth, but Prodigy knew what he was doing when he put this together.

The choice to only have one feature was clever because the introduction of the skits into the album broke up the rapping nicely and didn’t require other voices to do so. The one guest does well to keep the message strong and display his own skills, not letting down the full listen through. It is possible that showing his chemistry with others may have improved these songs, but they are still amazing songs without other voices marring the point of each one.

Overall, this is another strong release from Prodigy and addition to his catalogue. He was taken too early from not only the Hip Hop community, but from this world and may he rest in peace.