Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy Review

This is a great album from Tyler that is fluid and doesn’t need defending like his previous releases. he shows not only great talent, but personal growth as well.

The production is not as aggressive as on his last album and with the softer tones comes a project that is much easier to listen to. The songs are softer but without losing all of their hardness and shock factor in some cases. This is a side of Tyler the world needed to see and help connect with him on a more human level, which is easier accomplished with this backdrop.

The lyricism is great with a lot of smart wordplay and a lot of clever rhymes. Tyler tones down his delivery but has built up more skill which helps him add to his descriptive ability that is another positive point of this project. With the growth shown from this, there are no issues with Tyler’s performance.

The features are well chosen and fit into their respective songs easily and without sounding forced. Each shows what they are capable of without over stepping and out shining the main artist. there is a good mix of singers with this album as well, which adds another level of entertainment to an already interesting release.

Overall, this is the best album that Tyler has released as it encompasses a wider audience without alienating so many. Hopefully he can carry this mentality forward.

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Nipsey Hussle -Slauson Boy 2 Review

This is a good mixtape for Nipsey Hussle to show his skills are still sharp and he can still make great music. With a range of top mixtapes under his belt, this one only adds to the catalogue.

The production is good with lots of diversity so there is plenty of scope for content. Each beat is entertaining and creates the perfect atmosphere for the message of the song. There are no big problems with the backing selection here, apart from personal taste of the listener of course.

The lyricism is great with Nipsey showing a lot of different techniques as well as impressive delivery. Every song has a message that is clear and made clearer by the wordplay and descriptive ability Hussle displays. Possibly a few more flow changes could have an interesting effect, but Nipsey has a great performance on this project.

The features are good as they help to break up the sound of one voice over the seventeen track project. Each puts in a good effort and helps the project to stay cohesive. Maybe some more singers could balance out the guest side of this mixtape, but all on here are effective.

Overall, this is a great project if your a fan of the west coast as Nipsey Hussle hoists it up on his shoulders and carries through to the modern age. With a few others help, the west coast could beat out the other styles of rap music and be crowned king again.

Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – Loyalty Review

This is an incorrect title for this project as there appear to be no tracks about loyalty on the project. Its all about money and guns and all the things young men who aren’t already famous rap about. However with his money in hand, Soulja keeps rapping about the same things and it doesn’t come across as genuine.

The production is bass heavy and can be enjoyed, even with Soulja Boy rapping over the top. With such emphasis on bass, the beats can come across as one dimensional but there is enough variation and work through the album, that this is not too much of a problem.

The lyricism is poor at best with only a few instances of wordplay at all. Soulja seems to spend a lot of time repeating the same or similar phrases throughout all of the tracks and it makes for poor listening. Soulja needs to make some major adjustments to his rap style and improve his level of lyrical techniques if he wants to move forward in Hip Hop.

The features are slightly better than Soulja Boy but run in similar lanes to him and, while it does elevate the overall project, it is only a slight increase. They each put in good efforts and the delivery is better than Soulja and yet the overall album falls flat.

Overall, this is poor effort on every track and the title does not reflect what the songs are about. Soulja Boy needs to start thinking about the word cohesive and how it could be applied to his own work to help make a better overall album.