G-Unit – The Kanan Tape Review

While this is almost a deluxe release of 50 Cent’s previous mixtape, the choice to include work from Young Buck and Lloyd Banks does add another dimension to the project. An odd choice but not necessarily a bad one.

The production is good with plenty of the gritty sounds that made 50 a success in the first place. The additional tracks all have the signature patterns that built up Young Buck and Lloyd Banks in the first place. All together this helps to make a cohesive project that could have done with a touch more refinement.

The lyricism is good with 50 returning to his grittier roots while keeping the angle of having too much money. The other main artists step up their delivery and complexity to show what they are capable of off the back of this tape. Some more changes in flow could create some more interesting moments, but what they rhyme on this is still great to listen to.

The features all help to make this more cohesive as a project by adding more voices to the view points. Each has a good verse that actually helps to show how G-Unit can work with newer talent as well as each other. Some more singers could help give more variety on this project but 50 takes the brunt of this talent himself with his ability on the hooks.

Overall, this project is definitely made up of three acts. there is 50 cents original Kanan Tape, followed by Young Bucks showing, finished with Lloyd Banks lyrical ability. The next G-Unit project will have all the members on it and they will all show ability like this.

DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot Review

This album is good if you like the highly energized rap music that pumps out of mainstream radio these days. If you prefer something deeper or more lyrical, there are other options out there for you.

The production is good with plenty of different types of energetic beats, but there are no slow moments. This works fine for the basis of this album as it is DJ led, but should be avoided elsewhere. A few more diverse backings could do well to show that DJ Khaled does not follow a formula, but the concept of this album works for his purpose.

The features all do a good enough job to make the songs enjoyable but there is not a lot of substance. Each guest puts effort into thier verses, but with the same people recurring multiple times doing the same thing, can become stale. Maybe some more variation in guest selection could create some more interesting moments, but at least the songs are not totally boring.

Overall, you will probably like a few songs on this but a full listen through may not be as entertaining to everyone as it might seem. DJ Khaled does show that he can still put together a project however.

Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth Review

This album is what the title describes. All the tracks have truth in them and Trae does a good job putting his passion into the rhymes.

The production is great and gives enough scope for Trae to really explore around his emotions and feelings. There is not too much going on in the background to overpower the artists but they do have enough impact that they aren’t forgotten. Some more higher energy tracks could have balanced it out slightly more, however that would not be in the spirit of the emotional sharing.

The lyricism is good but most of the enjoyment comes from his delivery. His unique tone makes Trae easily discernible to the listener while his rhymes have enough power behind them to sink in and make you think. Some more complex techniques could entice more of an audiance, however that is not the aim of this project. Trae has selected his audiance and plays directly to them.

The features all do a good job of adding more depth to the tracks. They all bring a lot of effort to thier songs and give another opinion on the topic at hand. A couple more singing guests could strengthen the additional dimension, but Trae has selected a good group for this project.

Overall, this album is enjoyable to listen to while also making you think. It is good to see Trae make a full album rather than the stream of features the world has seen from him recently.

Boosie Badazz – Touch Down 2 Cause Hell Review

This album is a great comback for Boosie after his incarceration and after putting in work on other peoples projects. He takes all his effots growing as an artist and his connections made with other artists to craft an album with a great balance of fun, emotions and guests.

The production is excellent and works perfectly with each track’s message. The beats are all diverse and definately wont be confused with each other, while also staying true to the message of each track. Maybe mixing up the structure of the album to space out the emotional content could help to make a whole listen through easyier to digest but it is all still entertaining to hear a whole play through.

The lyricism is good and is improving still, but falls short of perfect. Boosie fills his song with wordplay and the lines that don’t have a rap technique in, he fills with passion and emotion so that it has a good amount of impact with the listener. He may want to try and add a touch more complex wordplay into a few more lines to pull in the lyrical purists.

The features all put in a good job assisting Boosie on the tracks. They each write great verses and put on fantastic performances that lead to great cohesion over the album. A lot of big names are involved in the credits and shows how far Boosie has come in his career.

Overall, this album has a lot of great points and with no obvious mis-steps, this is an easy album to listen to. It could still be a bit smoother and Boosie could still improve his lyricism, but there is no doubt that he has been able to craft one of the better albums of this year so far.

Snootie Wild – Ain’t No Stopping Me Review

This mixtape does have some great vibes and atmospheres but there are also a few mis-steps that slow the project right down and can almost stop the entertainment altogether. Snootie needs to take that away and work on removing the slow downs.

The production is patchy and varies from track to track on how effective it is. On some songs, the beat is exactly what the song needs and on others it doesn’t fill the void and leaves the song feeling empty. Snootie should select beats with a bit more substance and that offer more of a base for him to build on.

The lyricism is alright but could certainly improve. Delivery and performance are what make the words land with the listener, but there is very little complexity within the wordplay. Snootie should work on making his lyrics smarter to draw in a wider audiance.

The features are alright but don’t always fit in with Snootie Wild’s style. Most bring good effort and enjoyable verses, but there is some laziness and it can bring the project down as a whole. Snootie may want to find some guests with a more competitive spirit to make more interesting tracks.

Overall, some of this project is exactly right and is very entertaining. However there are moments of bad decisions that bring the project down and make it less enjoyable.

Young Thug – Barter 6 Review

This project is an enjoyable listen but can become stale as the content seems to stay within a small zone. There is no attempt at improving what Thug brings to the table and his crooning can sometimes get in the way of his actual raps.

The production is good if you like slower beats in comparison to what a lot of lyricists are using recently. They are also very smooth and laid back in general, with some stranger and more experimental tracks spaced out in the play through. Maybe some more tracks that could have more of a radio friendly theme would help promote Young Thug to those less involved in Hip Hop culture but the beats on this are well chosen for Thug’s style.

The lyrics are alright and Thug’s signature delivery help to increase how enjoyable they are, but they are not overly lyrical. While they are average and Thug is certainly no slouch, a more lyrical acrobatic approach could bring in a larger audiance.

The features do a great job of adding some more diversity to this album. Each of them bring in good effort and verses that seem to add competition to the tracks they are on. Young Thug may want to try some more features that are more known to the general public to increase his profile, but the features on here all try hard at the very least.

Overall, this is a enjoyable listen, although it may take some acclimatising, and Young Thug does a good job on the tracks. The main problem is his history with a particular Hip Hop Icon and his choice of title. These may not sit well with the Hip Hop community at large.

Chris Brown and Tyga – Fan Of A Fan The Album Review

This is a collection of songs where Tyga and Chris both cruise along in auto pilot and don’t tend to really try and excel in any given area. They should take into consideration the falling of both of thier album sales in thier careers and really try to break new ground to maintain thier place amoung the pop/Hip Hop world.

The production is actually very good and works well with the party culture both Tyga and Chris seem to be involved in. While there is not a lot of range there are also more sombre offerings that open up the duo to a more complete project rather than a party mix. Some more emotional tracks would make this a more well rounded album, but if you like the formula for thier hits, this could be an enjoyable album for you.

The lyricism is alright but nothing that will break down barriers and allow them into the lyrical elite. There is some wordplay and schemes involved but it is all rather basic and is relying on the beat and energy to pull it through. This is part of both Tyga and Chris’ general song etiquette and should not come as a surprise, simply a disappointment.

The features do well to be distinct on the song they are on and bring a good amount of diversity to the album. Each brings a good verse to the album and helps raise the level of intellect overall. Maybe some more features that are a bit more out of thier comfort zone would help create more of an atmosphere of attempting something new but as features go, these do a great job.

Overall, this is an entertaining listen if you like the music Tyga and Chris Brown put out individually as this is basically a mash up of the two. However if you are looking for something more encapsulating, this is not the album for you.